Thursday, June 30, 2005

How do I say this?
Since Tuesday night, the word around here is that the President of University of Alabama,Robert Witt, is splitting the sheets with his wife, Anne. Word is she's building a lake house and Robert will stay at the third floor apartment at the mansion.
According to my sources, Robert is about as bland as you can get. He only wears a charcoal suit with standard striped tie or a blue blazer with charcoal pants and a standard striped tie. LISTEN TO ME, PAUL FINEBAUM! I have now established the WITT WATCH! I know about the drop dead gorgeous temptations who will sit around Witt's dinner table down the boulevard at The President's Mansion this next fall. Let's watch for a change in wardrobe. How 'bout Hawaiian shirts or tie-dyed T-shirts with jeans. Never know. Be on the watch.
Next thing ya know that GIRLS GONE WILD bus will parked next door to Rose Administration Building!
best of The 4th!!!!!!!!!
Lance from Happy Trailers details the work he did for the History Channel's documentary on the counter culture in '66, '67 & '68!

On the Magic Bus with Hippies and the History Channel
posted on 24 Jun 2005
On June 2nd Happy Trailers HD went on the road in a 15 passenger bus across the Northern Pacific Coast doing interviews for the HISTORY CHANNEL about the counter culture movement from 66 to 68 , starting with the gifted satirist PAUL KRASSNER
one of the original yippies , Paul was credited with scaring the bejezus out of Chicago city officals during the Festival of Life . He also is the founder of "The REALIST " . When PEOPLE MAGAZINE called him the father of the underground press , he instantly demanded a paternity suit. Paul has a new book coming out this fall called "ONE HAND JERKING".After the interveiw we hit the Joshua tree to trip on the trees . Next stop LA , two days later the next stop was PETER COYOTE actor, author of "SLEEPING WHERE I FALL" and voice over talent.
Peter also stars in Fox's The Inside . He is a righteous ,far out, up front kinda guy , we dug him .From there to Venice where we hit SPONTO (Thanks MARK) formerly Venice West the beat hang out featured in The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton.

We talked to Music Producer JAMES COHEN and Screenwriter Leary God son MICHAEL SEGEL
both are way cool cats . Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel were next .The talented and generous AMI MAGILL
and then to San Jose DON ANGUS the squared away comedic Bus driver of the Hippy Hop. In Sonoma our man with the big brain MARTIN LEE author "ACID DREAMS" then to San Francisco for the NY Times Bureau director JOHN MORKOFF author "WHAT THE DOOR MOUSE SAID" for his insight .The next day to the yacht club behind Giant Stadium for the SF Police Inspector BIG JACK BALLENTINE and his crew of coppers gave us their perspective on the SUMMER OF LOVE in 67 . The lovely white witch , poet author Lenore Kandell
who wrote THE LOVE BOOK which was made famous by the censorship of it and trial that followed was naughty and nice ! What was in the Cookie? Afterwards we hit the brilliant eco leader of PLANET DRUM - our Poppy PETER BERG and JUDY they did us and they were off getting ready for the Solstice on the beach , we brought our drums and headed for the ocean and the summer Solstice Drum Circle .The Haight street festival was on the way , we vistited the HAIGHT ASHBURY FREE CLINIC , we spoke with the cool volunteers and Its founder DR DAVID SMITH and his compadre and the author of COMPOST COLLEGE- RICHARD SEYMOUR,and then off to Oakland for artist ELSA MARLEY
, for a dose of sexual liberation and commune life , thanks Elsa ! GOD'S COUNTRY and onto the big clown in the mountain comedian, artist ,Camp WINNARAINBOW organizer , do gooder and once roomate of DYLAN and friend of LENNY BRUCE, KEN KESEY and EINSTIEN amonst others the fantastic WAVY GRAVY in Trinity Shasta northern California.

Then the Cap'n was calling the highly energized CAP'N SKYPILOT , in good old green Eugene Oregon yes MERRY PRANKSTER and KESEY comrade , the one and only KEN BABBS !!!

You ain't lived until you hung with Babb's and his family his wife the merry Senior English teacher who teaches Slaughter House 5 , Electric Kool aid acid test ... to her students... Then off to KESEY RANCH visit FURTHUR the MAGIC BUS Itself in all it's natural glory.
Thanks ZANE KESEY and thanks to all of you who helped preserve history .Stay tuned for the Hippie piece on the History Channel this fall.Special thanks to Lou & Scott Reda ,Dennis Klienman , Joel Schechetr , Reno ,Gallo , Andrew and Jamie dedicated to Rusty James the cat who did it all.

[B Y O B(bag)]

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

For more on SCRUSHY, click on:


{in the words of Alabama U.S. Senator John W. Walker, "Nature has given it to us and Congress will not always withhold it!"

AND MY DEAR BELOVED WIFE MADE PAGE 1 OF LOCAL/REGION IN THE TUSCALOOSA NEWS TODAY {at least she didn't say she was selling fireworks "to help the Kingdom of God" like the guy at the end of this article"
Northport ready to light up the Fourth
Across the river, Tuscaloosa prepares for city show

By LeMont Calloway Staff Writer
June 28. 2005 3:15AM
Tuscaloosa and Northport might share a common boundary, but when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July, they’re a world apart.

As the festive holiday nears, Tuscaloosa residents will have to be content with the prospect of a city-sponsored professional show that’s sure to dazzle, but that lacks the singular thrill of lighting your own bottle rockets, firecrackers and cherry bombs.

Meanwhile, across the river, Northport residents -- those who favor the more hands-on experience, anyway -- have begun stockpiling their caches of pyrotechnic gizmos in anticipation of nightfall Monday.

After all, the sale and use of fireworks in Northport are legal. In Tuscaloosa, they are not.

“We don’t allow the sale, purchasing or shooting of fireworks in the city limits," said Fire Marshal Curtis Dykes of the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service.

But in Northport, 11 fireworks stands already have set up shop -- the sale of fireworks began June 20 -- mostly along major thoroughfares.

Sharon Register, an employee of the fireworks stand company Crazy Bill’s, has experienced both worlds.Register didn’t grow up lighting fireworks. In fact, she was afraid of them.

“I was scared, plus they were illegal [in Tuscaloosa]," Register said. “But I’ve gotten better. I’m a pyromaniac now."

Crazy Bill’s
has several stands in the area, which opened as soon as possible for visibility, Register said.

She said business at her stand has been slow leading into the holiday, but she expects long lines of customers to begin forming closer to the Fourth to buy her stock of Black Cat fireworks products and other popular miniature explosives.

Fireworks businesses are required to submit an application to the state fire marshal to receive a fireworks sales permit, which costs $200. Most of the Northport stands act as seasonal retailers, which can sell from June 20 through July 10 and Dec. 15 through Jan. 2.The legal sale of fireworks in Northport even attracted a youth group from the Church at the Brook in Millbrook, which is taking advantage of the opportunity, but not for its own profit.“We’re doing it to raise money for about 10 different projects that we have set up," said Doug Click, student ministries pastor at the Church at the Brook.Click said this is the second year they have raised money for the youth group through fireworks sales.The sale of smoke bombs, bottle rockets and Pop-Its has helped their cause of traveling to different communities to help the homeless, he said.

“That’s the only reason I’m here, to help the kingdom of God," Click said. “And the cool thing about it is, we’re not putting a stress on the church. We’re doing this outside the church."


I promised some of ya'll that I would dedicate my next chapter of SNAKE DOCTOR
to ya'll. We'll I am in the process of putting everything together. The name of the Garage Band is PIG The meaning of the name is a secret. Fans believe it has something to do with "when pigs fly"

,however, P.I.G. is an acronym for "P*ssy Is Good". I need some help on this. I want to put together a serious conversation between guitar players about Duane's ability to "begin with the end in mind". In other words, these guitar slingers have a discussion of how Duane anticipated his next moves in the way he played and adjusted his instrument. I would appreciate dialogue which deals with what Duane accomplished on "Layla" along with conversations about the problems involved with playing "Layla" on different types of guitars and amplification systems.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Neal's Son and Tuscaloosa's own John Allen Cassady {jackassidy} & Chet Helms

Hey Ya'll:
I hate to report that Chet Helms, manager of Janis Joplin

& the Holding Co. plus proprietor of the Avalon Ballroom, passed away yesterday. Chet was about 63 and he grew up in Austin.

Our ole padnuh Capn Skyp has put some information about Chet on his site. Please check it out.

We cruised Sander's Ferry Road down to Rhonda's at Farmer's Landing in Fosters today. Picked up on some of the right stuff from Phil. [Hey Phil, hope you and Gino have a good run at the FULL HOUSE in Fultondale.
YA'LL CHECK 'EM OUT UP I65 IN FULTONDALE!,_Pubs,_and_Clubs_Bars/95746674.html ]

[Fred Styles is working on a really fascinating film about Janis Joplin right now. Check it out at]

Seen the arrow on the doorpost saying
"This land is condemned all the way from New Orleans To Jerusalem."
I traveled through East Texas where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell
Well, I heard the hoot owl singing
As they were taking down the tents
The stars above the barren trees
Were his only audience
Them charcoal gypsy maidens
Can strut their feathers well
But nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell
See them big plantations burning
Hear the cracking of the whips
Smell that sweet magnolia blooming
(And) see the ghosts of slavery ships
I can hear them tribes a-moaning
(I can) hear the undertaker's bell
(Yeah), nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell
There's a woman by the river
With some fine young handsome man
He's dressed up like a squire
Bootlegged whiskey in his hand
There's a chain gang on the highway
I can hear them rebels yell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell
Well, God is in heaven
And we all want what's his
But power and greed and corruptible seed
Seem to be all that there is
I'm gazing out the window
Of the St. James Hotel
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell
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