Black History Month
Winter Sunset in Old Potter Creek by Rick Auerbach [copyright]
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California Cuisine run its course with chefs now rediscovering
the-ordinary at art-food prices. Fish 'n Chips at $16.00 and Burgers
for $12.00? "Honey, there's only so much art you can put
into fried-ground-meat on a bun."
morning around 9:00 AM there was another front-ender at the intersection
of 8th and Pardee. Both autos were seriously damaged and this
time one vehicle came with a few feet of the building on the intersection's
north-west corner. (Some years ago after colliding, a Ford van
flipped over and skidded well into a space where now there is
a building.) This is a DANGEROUS INTERSECTION--possibly the most
dangerous in Potter Creek. In my 34 years here there have been
many, many accidents at that corner. North-South traffic moves
fast thru the intersection and is not seen by the East-West drivers
even though they have a Stop sign. Put stop signs at the intersection
for North-South traffic or put up with more accidents.
As I reported
over a year ago, Affordable Housing Associates is building at
9th and Ashby.
told, has taken Skip Nesker's advice and, not happy with the news,
is making some of her own.
our neighborhood is growing up maybe it's time for a real Neighborhood
Association. You know--one with all different kinds of people,
elected officers, regular meetings in daylight hours, dues, even
a lawyer. Or we can continue as "victims." Or, . . .
we could reminisce about the Good Old Days, the meth labs, gunfire
in the street, drug houses.
angels help out disabled kids" writes Martin Snapp of the West County Times.
"I LOVE HAPPY ENDINGS, and this one is about as happy as
it gets. Remember when some thieves broke into a warehouse in
Berkeley in December and cleaned out the Bay Area Outreach &
Recreation Program, which provides recreation activities for disabled
kids? They took everything -- the tandem bicycles that blind children
rode with sighted partners, the three-wheeled bikes for children
with cerebral palsy or brain injuries, the handcycles for children
who have lost the use of their legs. They even stole the spare
tires and hand pumps."
Creek rainfall totals.
AM 1/29/05--.7." 1/30/06 to AM 1/31/06--.4." 2/1/06
to AM 2/2/06--.3."
2004--4.6." January 1-31, 2005--7.4." January 1-31,
to December 31, 2004--24.95." January 1 to December 3, 2005--38.6."
A week or
so ago I saw Regan's plans for Lipofsky's new building--IMPRESSIVE,
though his usual elegance is cluttered up a bit with "corrugated-tin-siding."
rise in the state' reports James Temple in the West County
Times. "Lower appreciation rates pushed up California
forclosure activity in the fourth quarter, . . . Lending institutions
sent 14,999 default notices to state homeowners, up 19 percent
from the third quarter and 15.6 percent from the compatible period
"Watchdog Group Will Sue Pacific Steel" writes Suzanne La Barre in
the Daily Planet
"A clean-air watchdog group is threatening to sue Pacific
Steel Casting, if the West Berkeley foundry fails to permanently
eradicate foul odor emissions within 30 days."
maintain Norheim and Yost control the west-Berkeley real-estate
market, and so are largely responsible for its development. Well,
to control it they would have to have a monopoly in it, which
they don't. But they do have a dominant presence--witness all
those signs. And they certainly influence its character by their
"selection of buyers and tenants." And probably have
a significant effect on rents and property values--upward. But
control it? Naw, . . . not now.
"State bills aim to control scope of eminent
report Bonita Brewer and Scott Marshall of the West County
Times. "In June, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled government
has the right to seize homes to make way for private redevelopment,
it set off fear in the hearts of homeowners and lawmakers alike."
"Youth culture in cross hairs--Orinda author
examines how guns affect the young" writes Jackie Burrell of the
West County Times. "Guns and violence permeate American
pop culture. They're in song lyrics, on the silver screen and
the small screen, too -- to such a degree that, according to the
American Academy of Pediatrics, the average American kid will
have watched 200,000 acts of violence on TV before he or she turns
18. But there's a gap in all the hand-wringing discussion of violent
video games, rap lyrics and firearms protection, says Orinda author
S. Beth Atkin."
Farms Orange Milano or Mint Milano cookies are at The Canned Food
Store for one dollar and change.
and Yost Anthy Victor emails
of Norheim and Yost....should be thankful [for them] and what
they have done for West Berkeley....and should [remember] what
this area is about. It's not [just] residential ... if people
want [just] residential.... [there's] farmland where they can
have space and enjoy cows and sheep and THEIR smells.
I posted "Zelda I'm told, has taken Skip Nesker's advice
and, not happy with the news, is making some of her own."
made the front page of the West County Times, West County
her out in Martin Snapp's
"Berkeley kicked off Black History
Month observations with a free event, 'Community + History: Frances
Albrier and Social Change in South Berkeley,' on Saturday. Residents
were invited to share their memories of civil rights pioneer Frances
Albrier and others who worked for social justice in Berkeley from
the 1930s to the 1960s."
Just what's Zelda B up to?
Today's Da Boss's Sixtieth-Something
And then Zelda asks "Is
Berkeley on the Verge of a Civic Identity Crisis?
"Last week I went out
to the Legion of Honor to see the show 'After the Ruins, 1906
and 2006: Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.'
The exhibit pairs archival pictures of a devastated San Francisco
with shots of today's city taken from the same viewpoints. As
I contemplated the stunning contrasts between the ruined townscape
and the reconstructed one, I began to think about the different
ways we perceive radical urban change. "
"South Berkeley Residents Gather In Honor
of Berkeley Pioneer"
writes J. Douglas Allen-Taylor. "Some stories are impossible
to write as an objective reporter. On Saturday afternoon, South
Berkeley historian Donna Graves spoke to an assembled crowd at
the Frances Albrier Community Center on the grounds of San Pablo
Park about the life history of the Berkeley pioneer African-American
woman for whom the center was named."
Barbara emails this wonderfully
self-serving "Every time I read your [posts] about the food
prices around here, I feel better about my husband's Café
Zeste with their . . . $5.00 hamburger and $5.75 pesto quesadilla. It
would be hard to spend much more than $10.00 on lunch at Zeste
unless you had Ruben's catfish filets with basmati rice and vegies.
I don't understand how anyone can afford to eat lunch out at those
dinner prices! . . . Thanks for providing all the wonderful Auerbach
photos--he really does an exceptional job."
I'm going to lunch at Zeste
Cream and Vodka Linguine
a pot of water to boil and add salt
1 shallot minced
2 T olive oil
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 C vodka
3 T Meyer lemon juice
2 C cream
1# fresh linguine or fettucini
1 T capers drained
salt and white pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot
and garlic and cook until limp and slightly brown, add vodka and
reduce to half. add lemon juice and cream. Cook over low heat
until the cream begins to thicken and bubble 3 to 5 min. keep
an eye on it and stir occasionally
Add capers and stir to incorporate.
Meanwhile add fresh pasta to pot of boiling, salted water and
cook to al dente about 3 or 4 min for fresh pasta. You
can use dried pasta, just remember to cook it longer
Drain pasta and immediately pour pasta into skillet of sauce stirring
carefully to cover pasta with sauce
Add salt and pepper and serve, you can toss finely chopped parsley
on top if desired
Note: if cream sauce becomes too thick, stir in a few tablespoons
of the pasta water to thin it down, stir to incorporate.
Karl Triest has been an owner
of Berkeley Honda-Yamaha for decades--this in a field where business-life
can be VERY short. "We know our product and customers trust
us is why" said Karl. As a decades old customer, I agree.
There phone is (510) 525-5525. BERKELEY HONDA-YAMAHA, 735 Gilman
St, Berkeley, CA 94710 has been a Berkeley business since the
'70s. And, Karl works his a## off.
"Police face firefighters
on the court" writes Martin Snapp in the Times. "Berkeley's
Bravest will take on Berkeley's Finest on Feb. 16 when hoopsters
from the Fire Department and Police Department go five-on-five
at the third annual Charity Basketball Game. The game will be
held at Berkeley High School's Donahue Gym, at the corner of Milvia
and Kittredge. Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m. Half of the proceeds
will go to city youth programs. The other half will help establish
two scholarships for Berkeley High students who want to pursue
careers in public safety. Tickets are $5 for the general public
and $2 for Berkeley High students with student ID. The tickets
can be bought on the night of the game at the Berkeley High ticket
window, or in advance at the Public Safety Building, 1st floor,
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.For more information, call 510-981-5506."
"Walnut Creek worth emulating" reports Theresa Harrington of the West County
Times. " Like the belle of the ball, Walnut Creek is
the envy of others who want to emulate the city's urban core to
make their own downtowns more attractive.'It's the gold standard
for the East Bay,' said Hercules Community Development Director
Steve Lawton. 'It's the reference mode. When residents in Hercules
describe what they want, they say Walnut Creek.' Officials from
cities as small as Hercules, with a population of about 23,000,
up to 112,000 in the town of Cary, N.C., and 2.6 million in Huzhou,
China, are eyeing Walnut Creek as a model they can learn from."
Sources say we are soon to
loose one of our oldest and most prestigious auto dealerships
AND a lot of tax revenue!
Bay Area Air Quality has
sent out a Public Notice that there has been a permit application
by Verizon Wireless for an emergency diesel generator at 1000
Heinz. There is a 30 day period for public response. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
"Hundreds remember activist Jean Siri,
pioneering East Bay environmentalist" reports Alan Lopez of the West County Times.
"The release of several dozen orange and black monarch butterflies
at a Point Richmond park concluded a two-hour tribute to pioneering
environmentalist and activist Jean Siri on Friday. "The memorial
event held in a white tent under a blue sky drew more than 350
people, many of whom remembered Siri as an activist and community
leader committed to a number of environmental and social justice
causes. The event was held at the Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline
And of course, in Potter
Creek we continue to cement over our Mother's Face.
There will be a meeting of the Design Review Committee this Thursday
night, February 16th, at 7:30, at North Berkeley Senior Center,
1901 Hearst Avenue. . . . This is in regards to the proposed development
next door to my house at 2828 8th Street. Architect, Jim Fenske
is proposing a 3 story structure, next to our single story . .
. . Many of us are concerned with this type of mega-development
next to our small houses. PLEASE attend this meeting. For those
of you who did not attend the DR for the project next to Richard's,
it looks like it will sail through with only minor changes. (A
roofline change and a materials change for the building itself).
Last week at my guerrilla
cafe I made peppers and eggs served with fresh bagels and coffee
for one of our leading citizens. Having previously agreed that
ALL social and political problems are unsolvable, we talked about
Those tasty pommes frites
that Kimar and I had at the Santa Fe Bistro are now being served
by Ruben at Café Zeste. And soon they should have some
"Man testifies against friend in shooting
case" writes Guy
Ashley of the West County Times. "The case of two
men accused in the shooting death of a Dartmouth College student
in Berkeley last summer took a stunning turn Thursday when one
of the men admitted he drove the getaway car and fingered the
other for firing the fatal shot. Christopher Wilson, 21, entered
a surprise no-contest plea to a charge of accessory to murder
in the July 17 shooting of Meleia Willis-Starbuck near UC Berkeley."
"Shooter of college student ordered to
stand trial" reports
Guy Ashley. "A judge Friday ordered a 21-year-old Hayward
man to stand trial on a murder charge stemming from the fatal
shooting last July of a Dartmouth College student near UC Berkeley.
Christopher Hollis, who fired the bullet that struck and killed
his longtime friend, 19-year-old Meleia Willis-Starbuck, has claimed
the shooting was accidental."
Morgan suggests THAT ALL
COMMENTS on the proposed structure next to 2830 8th Street (Byron,
Milo and Sarah's) be written down and sent to
Anne Burns at Berkeley Planning and Development.
Over the weekend a portable
generator was stolen from Kruse's yard.
We cleaned the HEPA Filters
yesterday afternoon. After two weeks, as usual, the carbon-fiber
prefilters were caked with dust but this time with a salmon-pink
variety. Could the tin welding-sheds that the workers raised last
week have exposed decades of rusted-metal dust?
Another food joke? A barbecue
restaurant that gets a lot of things right except the meat--not
even. "Like the barbecue, most sides were flawed" writes
The Chronicle's Michael Bauer in "T-Rex,
Still Evolving." Why is their still-evolving spareribs
priced at $16.00. As I remember no one paid top-price to hear
Bonnie Hampton play her cello while she was still evolving.
(These "guys" also
own Sea Salt, my "review" of which began "The best
thing about Sea Salt is the sea salt.")
Read about our Ameoba Records,
an evolved Berkeley business. It's in the February Business Week.
"Edna Lewis, who helped launch a revival
of Southern regional cooking with her four books, particularly
'The Taste of Country Cooking,' died Monday" reports Mary Rourke of the Los Angeles Times
in the West County Times.
be a meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, at 6:30 pm at Sarah's--2830
Eighth Street--to discuss a position for Thursday night's Design
Review Committee meeting.
pretty clear that we as a City Council got out in front of the
community. I'm sorry. I think it was a mistake,' said Mayor Tom
Bates to a crowd gathered in a church meeting room Saturday morning"
reports Richard Brenneman of Our Planet. Read more here.
from the Planet with "More
Condominiums Will Raise More Tax Dollars" by Michael St John.
Day. Check out all those couples leaving Good Vibrations with
their brown paper bags.
Okra and Tomatoes
cup finely chopped sweet white onion
2 Tablespoons bacon drippings
2 c chopped fresh okra (always try to get the small ones - they
as fibrous or tough)
3 med tomatoes, peeled and chopped
freshly ground black pepper
the onion in the grease over med heat until softened. Add okra
tomatoes with all their juice. Cover and simmer over low heat
minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, and simmer, covered, for
This is especially
good with corn bread.
"Berkeley mayor eyes second term" reports Martin Snapp of the
West County Times. "Vowing to create an after-school
program for every child in Berkeley, Mayor Tom Bates announced
his candidacy for re-election in November during a speech Tuesday
morning to supporters on the front steps of the Martin Luther
King Jr. Civic Center Building." The sentimental old softy
announced on Valentine Day.
It's my understanding
that after-school care is already available through a Federal
program that is free to those who qualify.
my understanding that the Mayor's office is real busy keeping
up with almost daily requests for stuff under the Freedom of Information
Act. I'm told that this keeps one staff member busy most of the
last night's meeting the Design Review Commitee approved Jim Novesel's
project next to Richard's place BUT told Fenske et al to rethink
their 8th Street project next to Sarah's from the beginning, starting
with talks with Ms Sarah.
five-minute film about Berkeley manufacturers, Made in Berkeley,
will premiere Sunday, February 26th to an invitation audience.
Five minutes for manufacturing in Berkeley? I knew business was
leaving Berkeley, but now you can cover our remaining manufacturers
in five minutes? Darn!
"Emissions analysis to be final mid-May" writes Martin Snapp of the
West County Times. "The controversy over emissions
from the Pacific Steel Casting foundry in West Berkeley had another
airing at a public forum Wednesday night at the West Berkeley
Get a grip
girls. Kimar and I smelled thoses emissions during lunch at Café
Zeste. And they're on Addison and Bonar--way, way uptown.
300 members of the Glass Blowers Union were present. But it's
a steel foundry--after years of breathing all that shit did these
guys mistakenly join the wrong union?
"Landmarks edict divides residents" reports Martin Snapp in the
West County Times. "To Michael Brodsky, owner of the
Berkeley Tile Shop in West Berkeley, the city's 32-year-old Landmark
Preservation Ordinance is 'the last refuge of a small number of
people who couldn't get what they want through democracy.' Brodsky,
whose family has owned the store since 1970, says his attempt
to expand his warehouse was thwarted by a disgruntled neighbor
who tied up his project in appeals to the Landmarks Commission,
delaying construction by nine months and costing him $150,000."
we do have quite a few structures of merit in Potter Creek. In
addition to Auerbach, there's Lipofsky and Martin and of course
Don "Donny Bob" Yost.
"Home sales hit five-year low" writes James Temple of the Times.
"Bay Area home sales tumbled to the lowest level in five
years last month, as the recently blistering market continued
to cool. But the latest snapshot of the local housing market did
little to quell the debate over whether this is a temporary slowdown
or indicates a broader correction."
May returns to the Chron with
"4 linked to sex ring admit guilt--The leaders of an underground
network that transported women from Asia to the South Bay to work
as massage parlor prostitutes pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal
conspiracy and money laundering charges. "
"CHP officer shot and killed on Highway
reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "A California
Highway Patrol officer was shot and killed early this morning
during a traffic stop on Highway 99 near Hammett Road."
is a music of youth, and the late 1960s was its coming of age.
Like it or hate it, you couldn't ignore it. Jimi Hendrix, a guitarist,
performer, and songwriter of the late '60s was the most influential
rock artist of the era.
He began his
career with jobs in rhythm and blues bands, playing behind, among
others, Jackie Wilson, Little Richard, and the Isley Brothers.
Later he lived in New York and played the clubs of Greenwich Village
where he billed his group as Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.
At age 23,
he left the U. S. for England to continue his career. There his
new manager Chas Chandler had contacts, and informal auditions
were held for a bassist and drummer to form the group, the Jimi
Hendrix Experience. Mitch Mitchell was chosen as drummer and the
bassist chosen was Noel Redding. Jimi's guitar skills more than
filled out the sound of the three-piece band. What's more, at
this stage of his career, he knew the importance of putting on
a show. The Beatles learned this in Hamburg, where club owner,
Bruno Koschmider, required it of them. "The Big Show",
he called it-"Make the Big Show".
And Jimi Hendrix
could make plenty Big Show.
Jimi used his
guitar as a prop, dancing with it, fondling it, playing it behind
his head and with his teeth. He even burned his guitar at the
conclusion of the Experience's first American performance, captured
in the wonderful film by director, D.A. Pennebaker, Monterey
Pop. Jimi's entire performance at Monterey has finally been
released on LP (Reprise 25358-1) and the excitement has survived
the years. The album opens with Howling Wolf's "Killing Floor".
This blues metaphor for the lowest floor of the Chicago slaughter
houses had never rocked so hard. Hendrix and the Experience lighten
up considerably after this, but for that first song, Jimi Hendrix
is playing for keeps.
time Jimi's second hit, "Purple Haze", broke the top
ten, London's Sunday Mirror asked Jimi about the suggestive
movements of his act. He replied: "I think 'act' is maybe
the wrong word. I play and move as I feel. It's no act. Perhaps
it's sexy . . . but what music with a big beat isn't?" Listen
to the introductory bars of "Purple Haze". Who had heard
such rhythmic dissonance in a rock recording before this? "Purple
Haze" was the first cut on the Experience's U.S. debut LP,
Are You Experienced? (Reprise RS 6261), released August
of 1967. A similarly titled LP had already been released in England
on the Track label. However, the English version was only available
in monaural and featured a somewhat different song selection.
One of these songs, "Red House", was a blues that Jimi
wrote and had been playing for sometime. Amazingly, it is about
the only song that Rolling Stone magazine's Jon Landau,
thought had any merit. In the big print of the magazine's first
issue he says, "Dig it if you can, but as for me, I'd rather
hear Jimi play the blues," and in hindsight it is apparent
that almost all of Jimi's songs are strongly blues-influenced.
The U.S. LP
came out on the Reprise label. Reprise records was an unusual
amalgam of recording artists begun for Frank Sinatra after his
dispute with Capitol. The original label is Reprise's tricolor
"riverboat" label. The cover also differs from the U.K.
release, the American version being more psychedelic. It was available
in stereo-or at least what passed for stereo. Rock collectors
speak of "true stereo". Are You Experienced?
was in true stereo. However, this does not mean that a pair of
microphones captured the sound of the band and the room they were
playing in. It merely indicates that the stereo effect was not
produced by electronically modifying a monaural recording. The
practice of electronically processing stereo was still acceptable
in some companies. Capitol's "Duophonic Stereo" processing
of the Beach Boy Pet Sounds is just one example.
aspect of the engineered sound of Are You Experienced? lies
not in the stereo spread, but in the effects that Hendrix and
engineer, Eddie Kramer, were able to achieve with Olympic Studio's
4-track facilities, and Jimi's electric sound sensibilities and
guitar orchestrations. Musicians are still trying to figure out
how he got all of the sounds on that record.
Bloomfield gives a glimpse of Jimi's experimentation in an interview
from 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky. He and Hendrix were
fooling around with their guitars backstage at a concert in Los
Angeles. Bloomfield was concentrating on his playing when he started
hearing strange sounds coming from Jimi's amp. "Here I am
playing, hunched over and playing all these notes and there's
this guy . . . tapping the back of the (guitar) neck and he's
got his vibrato in his hand and he's moving the toggle switch
. . . and it sounded like sirocco winds coming up from
After the opening
cut, "Purple Haze", comes "Manic Depression".
This is one of the more driving forward-moving songs that the
Experience cut. It gives an indication of what it was that made
the Experience so unique at the time. The changes in rhythm within
the song were more complex than most previous rock recordings.
It was easy to follow after a few listenings, but it kept on and
keeps on surprising. The rhythm is emphasized at certain points
through changing it slightly, and this shift in rhythm pleases
and somehow makes the recording sound fresh at each listening.
The next cut is "Hey Joe", which was the Experience's
first hit in the U.K. This song and Dylan's "Like a Rolling
Stone" from the Monterey album demonstrate another aspect
of Jimi's appeal to a (mostly) white rock audience. Here was an
ace rhythm and blues player who played and enjoyed and understood
rock, folk-rock, and even abstract sound paintings. This in spite
of the fact that one of the factors which contributed to the breakup
of the Experience was Jimi's need to feel more accepted by other
African Americans. Hendrix was the quintessential artist, needing
to create according to his own muse, also needing to feel accepted
by his society.
Who was the
enigma Jimi Hendrix? Between the lines of his lyrics and the spacey
interviews he gave, what were his thoughts? "When Six Was
Nine" was on the soundtrack to the film, Easy Rider, and
gave cryptic insights.
all the hippies cut off all their hair-I don't care!
Ain't nobody know what I'm talkin' about.
I've got my own life to live.
I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die.
So let me live my life
the way I want to.
Six Was Nine" ended side one of the Experience's second LP-Axis:
Bold As Love (Reprise RS 6281). This LP, released in the U.S.
in January of 1968, was again on Reprise's tricolor label. However,
since the company switched to a different label design around
March 1968 this first edition is scarce. The U.K. release was
again on the Track label and had noticeably different mixes on
a couple of the selections. Axis: Bold As Love was widely
available in stereo, but the mono run was very small and is rare.
of Axis: Bold As Love is mellower and moodier than Are
You Experienced?. It has its rockers, but what attracted most
people were the ballads, especially the wistful "Little Wing",
with its Curtis Mayfield inspired guitar stylings, and "Castles
Made of Sand". Despite the historical significance of Are
You Experienced? and how right it sounded at the time, I find
Axis: Bold As Love to be the record I come back to more
often. Even the token Noel Redding song "She's So Fine",
has a moving feeling to it, and Jimi and Mitch lend sympathetic
support. In fact, Mitch's fine drumming is given more prominence
than on the first LP.
How heavy was
Mitch's drumming? In those innocent days of 1968, having the stage
hands loudly nail down your drum kit before the show was a significantly
ominous bit of show biz indeed.
spread of Axis: Bold As Love is an improvement over
Are You Experienced?, but there is evidence that Hendrix wasn't
altogether happy with his inability to control the final product.
This was in part due to the pressure to release it during a time
of constant touring. ". . . the scene of cutting it. They
go by levels and all that. Some people don't have any imagination.
See, when you cut a record, right before it's being printed, you
know, when you cut the master, if you want a song where you have
really deep sound, where you have depth and all this, you must
almost remix it again right there at the cutting place. And nine-nine
percent don't even do this. They just say, oh turn it up so this
mixture doesn't go over or their mixture doesn't go under. And
there it is, you know. It's nothing but one-dimensional."-interview
recorded by "Meatball" Fulton, 1968.
last album, Electric Ladyland (Reprise 2 RS 6307), was
released in the U.S. in October 1968. The front cover has a beautiful
photo of Jimi, but it is the cover released in England that received
the most attention. The two disq set featured a gatefold cover
photo of about 20 naked women. There was an immediate and (I'm
sure not unexpected) negative response from the retailers, but
what's worse is that the photo makes them all appear less attractive
than was intended.
The sound of
Electric Ladyland was more influenced by Jimi's then current
state of mind and his increased control of production than by
the previous two LPs. There is an experimental, searching sense
in how unrelated the songs sound. Also, this is the first LP that
featured other players sitting in on some cuts. Among others,
Steve Winwood from Traffic played organ on "Voodoo Child"
and Buddy Miles from Electric Flag played drums on "Rainy
Day, Dream Away". Most of Electric Ladyland was recorded
at New York's Record Plant with its 8-track facility. Jimi's pride
and joy, his Electric Lady Studios would not open until mid-1970.
By now Jimi
was getting tired of the limitations of a trio and wanted to expand
the sound. "Music has to go places. We'll squeeze as much
as we really feel out of a three-piece group, but things happen
naturally . . ."-Jimi interviewed by Guitar Player Magazine,
December 1968. In early July of 1969 bassist Noel Redding announced
his plans to end his association with Hendrix. "The crux
of the split, it appears, is that he was not consulted by Jimi
over his plan to expand the group from a trio into a 'creative
commune' which would include writers as well as more musicians."-Melody
Maker, July 5 1969.
spoke of the epic number of verses he had originally written for
"Purple Haze", and how his manager Chas Chandler, had
insisted on recording a tightly edited version. It would be interesting
to hear that long version, but I think that the discipline Chas
placed on Jimi was for the better at that time, because from Electric
Ladyland until his death, Jimi was increasingly free from
that outside discipline. He was certain to hit upon a formula
that would have led his music to an even higher plateau, but wasn't
there yet. And he was too far past the wild-man leader-of-the-Experience
role to be happy or successful with that much longer. Electric
Ladyland was a new beginning and the end of a segment of Jimi
Hendrix's musical career.
with the last two songs of Electric Ladyland.
Listen as the
stylus goes down on "All Along the Watchtower". Extra
special attention was paid to the sound of this song. Although
again Jimi was not in on the cutting of the album, "All Along
the Watchtower" has the depth of sound that he felt was missing
from Axis: Bold As Love. It was closer to Jimi's ideal:
"I want to have stereo where it goes up and behind and underneath,
you know. All you get now is just across and across."-"Meatball"
Fulton interview 1968. Next comes the monumental "Voodoo
Child (slight return)".
This was the
last encore the warm autumn night I saw the Experience in 1969.
Jack Casady, from the Jefferson Airplane, sat in on bass. The
Oakland Arena management had turned on the lights in a futile
attempt to keep the show from running further over schedule.
up next to a mountain,
and chop it down with the edge of my hand.
house came down.
Marshall Hendrix died September 18, 1970, three years and three
months after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival.
sometime before 9:00 PM, someone attempted to steal a car from
Hustead's by cutting through the fence with a chain saw. They
were unsuccessful. However, last weekend thieves successfully
stole a generator from Kruse by cutting off the gate-lock with
Cafe and Café Cacao are bumping along toward March re-openings.
Cacao seems further ahead. Lets hope they become good restaurants
was found in west-Berkeley just east of Potter Creek.
Gunfire claims life of Berkeley football player reports Shirley Dang of the
West County Times. "The last day Rosie Washington
saw her great-nephew Keith Stephens, he sat in the front pew of
the 11 o'clock service at Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church
in Berkeley. When the pastor asked who was in need of special
prayer, Washington said, Stephens stepped up. After the service,
he embraced Washington, his grandmother's sister. 'He kissed me
on my cheek,' she said, tears welling up. 'I didn't know it was
going to be the last time I saw him alive.' The 24-year-old was
shot to death Sunday, according to the Alameda County Coroner's
Office. Berkeley police officers found his body on the 1200 block
of Carrison Street near San Pablo and Ashby avenues around 7:10
p.m., said Berkeley Police Department Lt. Daniel Lee. He did not
give any information on a motive or suspects."
attacked and beaten during a robbery at her workplace. She believes
that her continual and loud screams finally frightened off her
lunch-benches at Ecolé Bilingue were smashed apart over
the weekend, a truck window was smashed in the 2800 block of 8th
on my website continues at the January and February rate it will
reach one and one-half million by the end of the year.
really came together over the proposed-project next to Milo, Byron
and Sarah's. It was more like a family here than a neighborhood.
I'll aplogize for calling Auerbach The Rickster.
Heavy rain is coming in.
For real weather information--not talking-head-hype--check out
Included is real-time, storm-tracking,
"Being the Top Dog" by James Temple of the West
County Times. Temple writes "After attending the Munich
Olympics in 1972, Dick Riemann, his wife and several friends extended
their European tour by cutting a southward line through Switzerland.
Ten kilometers from the Italian border, Riemann pulled over for
lunch at a luxury hotel. He ordered a small pizza, figuring he
was close enough to Italy to expect a quality pie. Instead, it
arrived cold, with tomato sauce straight from a can, bland cheese
and a doughy crust. Riemann, the founder of renowned Berkeley
sausage joint Top Dog, pushed it aside and refused to pay. Even
after the manager followed him into the parking lot, screaming
and gesturing, Riemann simply stepped into his van and turned
left toward Italy. 'It's offensive to sell a piece of junk like
that,' he said, 'and then not even stand responsible for it.'"
Is this a
lesson for increasingly mindless, food-trendy Berkeley?
James Temple reports "The
frank truth about Top Dog.Was
President Nixon linked to Watergate? Did big tobacco know cigarettes
were addictive? Was Sen. Joseph McCarthy exploiting anti-Communist
hysteria? Following in the proud journalistic footsteps of Bob
Woodward, Lowell Bergman and Edward R. Murrow, who dared to ask
the big questions and refused to take 'no comment' for an answer,
this reporter recently took on the weighty question of our own
time and place: What is Top Dog's best hot dog?"
"Liberal Christians look to conservatives.
At Berkeley theology school, evangelicals advise on using media" writes Joe Garofoli of the
San Francisoc Chronicle. "Stewart Heller is that rare
combination of gabby, Queens-accented TV awards show producer
and cross-wearing seminary instructor. Perhaps it's an ideal pedigree
for the mission he's taken on at the Graduate Theological Union
in Berkeley: teaching liberal Christians how to use the media
as effectively as conservative ones do."
ain't the medium but the message?
welders at Advanced-Heli are almost completely moved-out. They've
been good neighbors for over thirty-four years of a changing Potter
Creek. I remember when they accidentally oversprayed Dottie's
Olds 98-- they voluntarily paid for a respray, it looked like
new, just like it did before. And over a decade ago, the always-friendly
Boss-man rode around Potter Creek on his lightweight-bike. In
those days people said hello.
From my Log
~9:00 AM, entire warehouse filled with irritant, headache, dizziness,
continues off-and-on all AM. 12:40 PM, SERIOUS irritant in warehouse-front,
nausea, headache, burning mouth, throat, eyes, use mask, 2:26
PM, same, use mask, continues off-and-on PM. 6:02 PM, irritant
in front room, leave.
Vaterland won the Olympics.
Pete reports 1.3 inches of rain on February 26th through the morning
of the 27th and 1.25 inches on February 27th through the morning
of the 28th.
Bates February report.
7th, I delivered my third "State of the City" address
to outline my top priorities for the City. I focused in particular
on providing pre-school and after school programs, making Berkeley
the first "zero greenhouse gas" city in the country,
dealing with the influx of young homeless, investing in the City's
infrastructure, preparing our neighborhoods for a disaster, and
building a sustainable and strong economy.
For the first
time since before I took office, the City is now projecting a
balanced budget for the foreseeable future. This is a remarkable
turnaround after working through the worst budget crisis in our
City's history. We did it by cutting more than $20 million from
our general fund, reducing our workforce by 10%, and reducing
funding to programs and agencies throughout the City. Our employee
unions also helped out by deferring cost of living increases and
other steps that have helped us save millions of dollars. The
economy and our revenue are still unstable so we need to continue
our focus on improving the City's operations while also addressing
some of our long-term challenges like rebuilding our aging infrastructure
and adequately funding essential safety net programs.
"Ice rink to sell rather than upgrade cooling
writes Rick Del Vecchio of the San Francisco Chronicle.
"The owner of the venerable but aging Berkeley Iceland is
offering to sell the rink for $6.45 million after deciding a new
owner could better address a pricey city mandate to install new
I picked up today's twice-a-week Berkeley Daily--a "particularly
probing" issue-- to find page, after page, after page, after
page, after page, after page of Bummers. I didn't even make it
to the Funnies. (
. . . there is a great story about Chuck and son, and their photos.) Then, I sought out one of our
Conservative business-men. In his office I was treated to his
bright vision of an electric, solar world with cars of solar panels,
houses completely electrified and solarized, and best of all PG&E
buying back their consumers (our) excess power. I felt good enough
to buy and enjoy a meatball sub--and have it with a little dry
One of west-Berkeley's
leading citizens is getting married.
Our Black Walnut
I grew up in a town whose
nickname was the Forest City. It was part of what's called the
central hardwood forest, and having an abundance of water and
near the juncture of several climate zones, had an amazing variety
of the most beautiful and inspiring trees. And just 150 ft from
our house was a grove where monarchs would rest on their migration
This is where I played as
child, under the trees among the butterflies, until I was 10 when
the grove was cut to
make room for more houses. As a young man I was called deeper
into the world of trees and lived for several years in and on
the edge of the wilderness forest in Vermont. One of my tasks
there was to provide the wood for our heating and cooking. Every
day I would hike (in winter on snowshoes pulling a tobaggan) along
the ridges among
the deer, bear, moose, bobcat, and rumored catamount until I found
the large skeleton of the once living
tree I was seeking, which I would then cut and haul back to our
It's hard to describe the
feeling of majesty and grace and life of such a forest: in the
unrestrained, cacophonous burst of spring or the deepest winter
silence when the snowshoe hare freezes motionless before the whoosh
of the great horned owl through the frosted branches. I came to
believe that when we first open our eyes as infants,
the shade of green and shape of the leaves above us, the quality
of light in the sky, the moisture or dryness of the air, all these
and more are imprinted upon us as our deepest understanding of
Wherever in our lives we
roam upon the Earth, this is where we have come from, and body
and our heart knows it.
When I first saw San Francisco
I was in shock. From a distance I didn't see the beauty of its
hills. To my Midwestern and Green Mountain eyes what appeared
before me was a naked concrete landscape,
some form of baked urban desert. Since that long ago initial shock
I have come to appreciate the beauty of the Bay, but my upbringing
among the trees has always turned my eyes in their direction.
So when I went out yesterday,
walking west down Grayson and across 8th, I was stopped dead,
mid-street. What's going on? Why all this white sky? The balance,
the comfortable agreement between the squares and rectangles of
human making and the graceful curves and arcing arms of life seeking
light and air was shattered. Truncated, literally.
I was as shocked as if I'd
come home to find my house just wasn't there anymore. I stood
in the street, my senses short circuiting, not able to move as
a car went around me, all the while trying to comprehend what
I wasn't seeing.
I couldn't believe how suddenly
everything had changed. The landscape, the feeling of a whole
block was irrevocably altered, and to my sinking heart, empty
and impoverished in that moment.
Probably the oldest, surely
the most beautiful, and possibly the wisest among us is for all
intents and purposes, Gone.
With the crows and the robins,
and above all, the squirrel, I grieve for our Black Walnut, witness
than we will ever know, long time companion, soother of spirits,
Cameron Woo, one of the tree
One tree consulting company
pronounced the old "girl" black walnut dead, after the
city cut back its roots to rebuild the sidewalk -- the tree never
recovered from the shock. Another tree cutting company thought
still had some life left in her, and recommended that we cut away
all the dead branches and give her a chance to revive -- sure
enough, you can see some new growth and green sprigs. It may be
a shock to see it cut back so
severely, but Mrs. Squirrel and Mr. Crow still have a place to
climb and land. Give her time, and she may regain her greenery.
A Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle
Club reader emails, If Men Wrote the Advice Columns.
Q. My husband has too many
nights out with the boys.
A. This is perfectly natural
behavior and it should be encouraged. The man
is a hunter and he needs to prove his prowess with other men.
out chasing young girls is great stress relief and can foster
relaxing home. Remember, nothing can rekindle your relationship
than the man being away for a day or two (it's a great time to
the house too!) Just look at how emotional and happy he is when
returns to his stable home. The best thing to do when he returns
is for you to perform oral sex on him. Then cook him a nice meal.
Q. My husband is uninterested
A. You are a bad person for
bringing it up and should seek sensitivity
training. Foreplay to men is very stressful and time consuming.
should be available to your husband on demand with no pesky foreplay.
What this means is that you do not love your man as much as you
He should never have to work to get you in the mood. Stop being
selfish! Perhaps you can make it up to him by performing oral
him and cooking him a nice meal.
Q. My husband always has
an orgasm then rolls over and goes to sleep
without giving me one.
A. I'm not sure I understand
the problem. Perhaps you've forgotten to cook
him a nice meal.
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