Mickey’s barn cum studio Rolling Thunder was always a great place to work. It had the vibes of a place well lived-in with music making. It was like a secret clubhouse built out in the woods by boys who maybe didn’t let girls join.
With Mickey, Arshad, Billy, Ramrod and Larry outside the Barn studio, and, on the left, with Robbie Taylor and Healy in the control room. There was hardly time to leave the property. Everything came to the ranch – groceries, people, entertainment, work. Once, I didn’t go off the property for at least a year! I maintained the mothership. I was Wendy to the Lost Boys. I was the Big Mamu. I kept it together on the home scene. -Jerilyn
Clowning around in front of The Barn studio probably around 1975/76, from the left, owner, Mickey Hart ( I think he was imitating an elephant), Jerilyn Lee Brandelius (aka “The Big Mamu”) Arshad Syed (Diga Band member, in the doorway), Billy Kreutzmann, Ramrod Shurtliff, Larry Ruksnaitis (Mickey’s ranch manager).
In the control room at The Barn studio, from left, Robbie Taylor, running the tape machine, Jerilyn standing by and Dan Healy, manning the controls at the mixing board.
The Barn studio was in the middle of a forest of bay trees, this photo, looking across the mixing board, shows the window that looked out into the woods.
Photo Credits: All – Snooky Flowers