Leaving Marin County, California through the ‘Rainbow Tunnel’, gateway to the world. This tunnel, is passed through by everyone crossing the Golden Gate Bridge between San Francisco and Marin. In 2015 it was renamed the ‘Robin Williams’ tunnel in honor of the comedian, a Marin County native.
IN 1970 THE GRATEFUL DEAD STARTED GOING ON THE ROAD SERIOUSLY WITH MAJOR NATIONAL TOURS. PLAYING MORE SHOWS THAT YEAR THAN EVER BEFORE OR SINCE — 144 GIGS. HALF THESE GIGS WERE ON THE EAST COAST. THE BAND ALSO ENJOYED GREAT SUCCESS WITH ALBUMS — FIRST LIVE DEAD, THEN WORKINGMAN’S DEAD AND AMERICAN BEAUTY. WARNER BROTHERS DIDN’T REALLY KNOW HOW TO PROMOTE THE BAND IN EARLIER YEARS. WE CONVINCED THEM TO FINANCE A SERIES OF FREE CONCERTS IN SEVEN CITIES: THEY PAID FOR FLATBED TRUCKS AND THE SOUND SYSTEM AND WE DID THE REST. ‘GRATEFUL DEAD COMES TO YOUR HOMETOWN AND PLAYS FOR FREE.’ LOCAL PROMOTERS DIDN’T LIKE IT BECAUSE IT AFFECTED THEIR TICKET SALES TO HAVE A FREE SHOW THE NEXT DAY IN THE PARK. IN 1970, WE DID RADIO SIMULCASTS IN FIFTEEN CITIES — THE FIRST ROCK AND ROLL STEREO SIMULCASTS EVER. EVEN OLD PEOPLE THAT HAD BOUGHT STEREOS LISTENED TO IT JUST BECAUSE IT WAS SO UNIQUE. AND WARNER BROTHERS PAID FOR IT ALL -ROCK SCULLY
Back at the ranch: women and children had to cover the home scene. By now, there were several ranches — loose households created by renting large houses mostly out in Novato or West Marin. As before with 710 Ashbury, this was the economical way to go. A partial list:
Rukka Rukka Ranch –Nicasio: Bob, Frankie, Jackson, Sonny Heard, Eileen, Crystal, Steve Parish;
Novato Ranch –Mickey, Jensen girls, Slade, Jonathan, Rock, Sue Gottlieb, Cookie, Debbie, Terry;
Ridge Road — Hunter, Garcia, Mountain Girl, Alan Trist, Maureen, Christie, Hunter and Sunshine;
Fairview — Weir and Pigpen and Veronica;
Indian Valley Road — Rakow and Lydia, the Durham kids;
Across the street –David Crosby
Atherton Avenue — Roger Lewis, Courtenay Pollock, Jerry Buckley, Amos,
Black Point — Jon McIntire, John Bologni, Sue Swanson, Joshua; Rose was born there;
Woodacre — Ramrod and Frances
Fairfax — Phil and Florence.
Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma — Thayer Craw Iaccaci
Truck Drivin’ Cheri
Band on the Road series here, contains one of the rare photos of camera shy Owsley Stanley (aka Bear) caught by Rosie McGee hiding behind a potted plant.