Friday, September 30, 2005

Sample Beyond the Beat Generations Internet Station

Clink on the above link for a Listen in and sample Hans, Beyond The Beat Generations music. It reminds me that there were so many bands back in the 60s that never got much attention. Also you can go to his site.....

It was Hans that helped bring Children of The Mushroom back into the Light. He told me that back in 1970 he bought our 45 in a parking lot sale at Capitol Records, Hollywood. He was over on a trip from Holland at the time. What a kick to get his email in 2004 telling me this. At the time of getting his email I had thought all our music was dead and gone.

Boy it was great to be with all the Bands at the first Band Tree Reunion! Thanks to Jim Rolfe and so many associates!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Bil McCombe

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What can I say, Bil put out an incredible amount of energy for this show. Don't let him spew on you, though (just kidding).


Monday, September 12, 2005

Caught off guard

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That's Jim Rolfe, Steve Stewart, Keith Heins and Phil Hareff. Phil was my source in the early 70's for excellent new science fiction books.

Steve Stewart

Friday, September 09, 2005

New Link Added For Pictures

Listed also on the right side bar......

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Will Alger - Working the Recording

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Burgundy Flyte (1970/71)

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Left to right Ken Cox, Steve Stewart, Stu Yeany, Bil McCombe, Ken Bloch. This band started out as the Travel Agency in 1967/68. Many members including Bob Simmons, Will Alger, Paul Sternberg, and Ed McGee were early members. This picture shows the last line up before Steve quit to work with Cast of a Thousand. Oh, to have that kind of hair again...

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Mushroom Theme

The Mushroom ...playing at the Rec Center Thousand Oaks,
doing what we loved in 1968.

Cast of a Thousand, circa. 1972-1973, again

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Another picture from the same day of a picture shoot. That's Jim's Volkswagon in the background. Ok, let me see if I can get this history correct. At the gig in T.O. two weeks ago I tried to explain where Cast came from after Jerry M gave a history COTM. It was Mushroom then Lady and then I started working with Wally, while still playing with Burgundy Flyte, writing tunes. Jim called me up and said, "Let's do something" (ah, Jim did you say that?). Anyway, we started working at one of the Johnson's brother's house, rehearsing new tunes. Our first gig was at the rec center in Newbury Park, September of '72, correct me if I'm wrong, anyone please...

Steve Stewart

Cast of a Thousand, circa. 1972-1973

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Cast of a Thousand had many members over the years. In this particular picture we have the original members, Wally Stoltze, Jim Rolfe, Steve Stewart, Dave Fontana, Keith Heins, plus Jerry McMillen. Jerry was added to provide help with vocals. We were supposed to be preparing to go to Europe to do a Heineken sponsored concert. It was all very unclear and the trip never materialized. This picture was shot at my rental house on Los Feliz and was where we rehearsed.

Steve Stewart

Wally Stoltze

I read a great Ventura Star Free Press article on Wally a while back... I have yet to stop and visit him in his Thousand Oaks music store...

Was nice to meet up with you Wally!

The Blu-Coats from the 1960's to 2005......

The Blu-Coats still going strong!

Thousand Oaks Band Tree Runion August 2005

Listen to The Blu-Coats at

Friday, September 02, 2005

Dennis & Pats Surfing Spot.....Remembering a fateful morning

Pat VanAuken and myself (Dennis) ended up at Ventura Point after a three day surfin safari up and down the coast back in 1969. We were real part time surf bums between playing music, going to school, girlfriends & working....... It was an early Sunday morning Pat had just finished ridding a beautiful wave, I turned around to see him do his porpoise squeal dorsal fin and all. He then dove head first in the sea only to find out the water was only two feet deep. Anyway we ended up at Larry Weismans house in Ventura then on to the emergency room. That was the end of our famous surfing trip.

Ventura Point web cam
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