Tuesday, November 30, 2010

B Sharp Music December 1966

B Sharp had a great bulletin board with autographed pictures of all the
stars of the day; Beatles, Stones, and everybody on down.
It was mesmerizing to look at, a real work of art preserved under
what appeared to be Saran Wrap. I read that it went up in smoke
when the store burned to the ground in May 2005.

Monday, November 29, 2010


In my first year of learning the guitar I happened to see a band called the More-Tishans at the MN State Fair. I noticed that one of the guitar players kept his hand in the same position as he moved it up and down the neck. I moved to the front of the stage and stared at that hand until the image was burned in my brain. I held my hand in that position all the way home and applied it to the fingerboard of my guitar as soon as I got there.
Voila! I had discovered the bar chord...

Tools of the Trade... Guild, Gibson, Fender and the Vox Distortion Booster 1966-'69

In 1966 distortion units were commonly called "fuzz tones" 
and they were hard to come by. I remember calling just about every music store 
in the phone book to try to locate one. Occasionally a saleswoman would answer 
the phone and when I asked if they had a "fuzz tone" 
I would inevitably get laughed at and hung up on. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

AM Radio 1966

1st Electric Guitar 1965

In the late summer of 1965, after nine months of struggling with a 
cheap classical guitar, I persuaded my Dad to take me shopping 
at Len's Guitar City in Richfield. While I was eyeing all the 
curvaceous Gibson models my Dad was making arrangements with the 
salesman for something more suited to our budget. 
I ended up with this nice Supro solid body with a Gibson Skylark amp. 
All for $35.00. Perfect!

Blues Scene with Mojo Buford 1969

Mojo Buford Blues Band 1969

The Surfers 1967...a short bio w/pics