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Sunday, October 26, 2014

13th Floor Elevators Downfall from Smuggling Marijuana?

13th Floor Elevators
13th Floor Elevators
I have always wondered if the Legend about the Texas Authorities wanting to shut the 'Elevators down was really about their psychedelic message.

An alternative hypothesis:

It is now known that Tommy Hall was smuggling pot from Mexico. In 1964, Stacy had been busted trying to smuggle a pound of grass across the Border. In fact, early in the band's career, Tommy, Clementine and Roky were busted with several pounds of pot and "beat" the charge when the Judge misread the papers, detailing the charges, and sentenced the three to mere Probation because he (the Judge) thought that the amount of marijuana was small.

And, I think, that Tommy (et al) continued the smuggling activity or at least dealing with large amounts of grass if the tale of them dumping out a huge pile of pot, at an IA recording session, is to be believed by Lelan Rogers.

Could the Texas Law Enforcement Authorities have viewed the band as the front for a put smuggling ring? Could the unrelenting pressure have been to "bring down" the band for "beating" the system in the first bust?

Check out the attached newspaper article.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Johnny Winter Studio Spotify Playlist

Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter

Check out this Johnny Winter Studio Playlist on Spotify. It's 187 songs and almost 13 hours long. Great stuff! BTW, I left off all of the local label stuff where Johnny was playing Psych. To me, that's not the true "Johnny" sound. That stuff belongs on the Texas Psych Playlist. This stuff is Progressive Blues Experiment and onward.

Click the image above or click below:


Here's a Player for that list too:

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Letter from Stacy Sutherland's Mom

Stacy Sutherland
Stacy Sutherland
Almost eleven years ago, the original Roky Erickson / Texas Psych group collected money for a Christmas gift for Stacy Sutherland's mom, Mrs. Sibyl Sutherland. Printed below is her reply back to the group. Mrs. Sutherland is gone now.

Kerrville, Texas
Jan., 2004

Dear Kiloh,

Thank you so much for your kind letter and the monetary gift from your group. You'll never know what a spiritual uplift it was. It makes me so happy to realize that Stacy is still loved and appreciated by others than his own family.

I've always grieved because he didn't get to live long enough to realize his full potential. Now, that I realize the impact that his life had on others, perhaps he did. He was so sensitive and a dreamer and music meant so much to him. He danced to a "different drummer" as Thoreau once wrote. It's wonderful to know, 25 years after his death, people still remember and appreciate him. Just knowing this I weep, joyfully, knowing that he did not live in vain. It proves that music is the "Universal Language" and that the bonds of love are stronger than death.

Please accept our gratitude for the monetary gift but more so for the happiness I feel knowing that Stacy is still loved and appreciated, still alive so to speak. Please convey our feelings for those who remember him so generously here at Christmas; a time so rife with memories of our loved son. I can't express the depths of appreciation I feel for all your group has given us. Without names and addresses, I can't thank each one as I would like to. Will you please tell them for me?

I also appreciate the offer to help with the upkeep of his grave. I kept fresh flowers on it, alive and growing, for years until I could no longer carry 5 gallon cans of water to them all summer. The cemetery mows regularly and a friend put a concrete edging around it. Grey Burney, at Center Point, Texas 78010, is the Manager's address. He would know the plot number. His stone is the nicest one there; he got that much at least! Stacy died at age 32. He would be 54 had he lived. I wish that he knew all this, and perhaps he does! Nothing else would have thrilled him more.

Thank you for your wonderful surprise.

Most sincerely,

Sibyl Sutherland

I'm 89, please overlook errors.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

13th Floor Elevators Avalon 9/30, 10/1 Ticket!

13th Floor Elevators Avalon
13th Floor Elevators Avalon

Get a load of this 13th Floor Elevators ticket, mint, good for admission to a pair of early shows at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The shows took place September 30 / October 1, 1966, and featured the 13th Floor Elevators & Quicksilver Messenger Service. These were the 28th shows in the Family Dog series. The ticket measures approximately 1 1/2" x 3", and remains in excellent/flawless condition.

13th Floor Elevators Avalon
13th Floor Elevators Avalon

The poster for these shows is one of the most famous of the Psychedelic Era. Art by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley, image ("Zebra Man") is # 28 in the Family Dog/Avalon series. Image "borrowed" from Life Magazine 1954 cover shot.

The original poster was printed on vellum and measures approximately 14″ x 20″. The notation “The Bindweed Press San Francisco” appears in the lower right corner. There is notable color variation from a true orange to a reddish orange, but all are from the original press run of 2,000 copies.

There is also a very rare original with a green background which was possibly a test run.

The second print poster was printed on vellum and measures approximately 14″ x 20″. The notation “28(2)” appears in the lower left corner and the Bindweed credit appears in the lower right corner. Only 1,000 of this printing were produced.

The third print poster was printed on uncoated index stock and measures approximately 14″ x 20″. This poster has the notation “28( )” in the lower left corner and the Bindweed credit has been deleted.

There is also a reprint made by Capitol Records. This poster carries the notation “28(3)” in the lower left corner.

There are also two forgeries of this poster, both bearing the “San Francisco Poster Co.” credit. One of these forgeries has yellow “zebra” stripes while the other has dark pink stripes.

13th Floor Elevators Avalon
13th Floor Elevators Avalon
The original handbill was printed on thin paper and measures approximately 5″ x 8″. The color of the stripes in these handbills varies considerably from yellow to red, with red being quite rare.

Here is a tracklisting from the 9/30/66 show:

1. Somebody to Love
2. Before You Accuse Me
3. You Don't Know
4. I'm Gonna Love You Too
5. You Really Got Me
6. Splash One (Now I'm Home)
7. Fire Engine
8. Roll Over Beethoven
9. The Word
10. Monkey Island
11. Roller Coaster

Here's a Youtube of 9/30/66:

This recording has been issued under various titles over the years, with the album cover and track listings for each version differing from one another. While this may be frustrating for collectors, what truly matters is that this recording offers a rare peak at the Elevators performing live while they were at their peak.

Below this is another vid that shows a 13th Floor Elevators Avalon 9/30/66 / 10/1/66 poster signed by EVERYBODY except Stacy.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

1977 at the Austin Opry House, Roky Erickson. Photographer: Ken Hoge.

Roky Erickson
Roky Erickson

I had to share this, 1977 at the Austin Opry House, Roky Erickson. Photographer: Ken Hoge. This is THE best photo of the Master I have ever seen. Roky Erickson; the Godfather of psychedelic music. Roky had two careers: 1) the Acid Elf with the prototype psychedelic rock group - the 13th Floor Elevators 2) Post Rusk which is completely different and just as interesting.

They say Roky took over 800 acid trips; of the pure stuff. When he performed, he would sometimes wear a band-aid on his forehead to conceal his Third Eye.

During the time of this picture, Roky was helping invent a thing called Punk Rock. Really, Roky always went his own way and the Punkers (sort of ) adopted him. But his single: Red Temple Prayer (2 Headed Dog) beat out the Sex Pistol's God Save the Queen in a Rolling Stone Writer's Poll of best new music.

Really, Roky was inventing Punk/Metal twenty years before it became popular. And when he screamed about demons and evil Psychiatrists it was not some put on like Black Sabbath. Roky LIVED that shit having been committed to a mental hospital for the crimina

lly insane in 1969 for possession of two joints. There, they gave him shock treatment and experimented with drugs on him. He emerged totally changed but still with that musical genius.

Oh yeah, when he gets tired of the Punk/Metal he picks up an acoustic and sings the most heart wrenching love songs and it's like *that* is his major area when he does it. Did I tell you that he did Christian music too?

And when you listen to him sing you are listening to the Greatest White Rock Singer that ever lived. Robert Plant, Mick, Joe Cocker have nothing on him. You need to compare him to James Brown and Little Richard. This is the guy who taught Janis Joplin how to scream.

About eight years ago Roky emerged from almost fifteen years of untreated schizophrenia and began taking medication again. Austin's best musicians, and Austin HAS the best musicians, lined up to play with him. It's been great.

This is a great shot that I have never seen before.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

13th Floor Elevators Live Evolution Lost Review

13th Floor Elevators Live Evolution Lost
13th Floor Elevators Live Evolution Lost

Well, Paul Drummond and Charly Records are at it again with the new 13th Floor Elevators Live Evolution Lost CD and three LP set.

The Texas Psych Group's own Keltie Harding reviewed these discs:

OK, just checked out the "new" 13th Floor Elevators issue from Charly Records. "Live Evolution Lost" features the infamous 1967 Houston Music Hall concert. This release blows chunks. Its from Charly and Paul Drummond worked on it. No surprise there. Its muffled, noise reduction is overused and its in mono. Only redeeming thing about this issue is there's a few more jams that have not been issued before. I've heard fan-mastered versions of the same show in crystal clear stereo. Save your money folks. Why is Charly CONSISTENTLY dropping the ball when it comes to the 13th Floor Elevators?? Half a thumb up for this one, only for the unreleased jamming.

One culprit of poor remastering is NOT looking for the original tapes OR BEST sounding sources. An acquaintance in the ripping community recently did beautiful vinyl rips of Psychedelic Sounds and Easter Everywhere, from the original IA LP's. These blow away anything Charly puts out.

Get a load of the shitty sound:

The Roky CD Club put this recording out, sans the jamming extras, in crystal clear stereo years ago. We did a rip of a Japanese pressing of the boot. Why do you even bother Drummond? Why do you put out such shit?

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

13th Floor Elevators Poster!

13th Floor Elevators Poster
13th Floor Elevators Poster

Dear fans of the 13th Floor Elevators - At long last the commemorative poster, including IMAGES FROM HAND-DRAWN PORTRAITS by Ms. Clementine Hall, is finished! It's a nice 12" x 18" and comes on thick, glossy, stock and is hand signed by Clementine. As an added bonus, this offering will contain the Stacy Sutherland drawing as well! That's right, you get the 'Elevators poster AND the missing Stacy print that makes up the Roky, Tommy, Stacy Holy Trinity. These are a strictly limited edition and will be artist quality copies produced on archival quality stock and individually signed by Ms. Hall. If you ever wanted to own something to remind you of the mighty 'Elevators NOW is your chance.

The price of the print will be $49.00 (postage anywhere in the world included) for one and $74.00 for two.

All proceeds go to Ms. Hall's ongoing financial needs.

Mail checks here:

Clementine Hall
6537 Madrone Drive
Kelseyville, CA 95451

Paypal here:


13th Floor Elevators Poster

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Roky Erickson at Rusk! Roky CD Club #54 is Here!

The Roky CD Club is still presenting the rarest Roky Erickson and 13th Floor Elevators material. Did we also say that it's the best quality as well? Volume #54 is here! This is ultra, ultra, ultra rare stuff from 1974 and 1971 in Rusk State Hospital.



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Monday, May 19, 2014

Clementine, Tommy Hall, and Steak Vesuvius

Clementine, Tommy Hall and Steak Vesuvius

By Richard Roland

A Long Time

I didn't realize it had been so long since I had seen Tommy as it has been roughly 7 years. The last time was when we went to the Conservatory in Golden Gate Park and then had Pakistani food at a nice restaurant that Tommy treated my mother Clementine and myself to. I still consider Tommy my step dad. Ever since Clementine moved to Kelseyville which is in the Clear Lake, California area about 4 years ago, this has left a gap of 5 years since Clementine had seen Tommy. She formerly lived in San Leandro, Ca., which is about 30 minutes from SF. So years had passed since both of us had seen Tommy.

That all changed this last Saturday. Friday, the night before, it hit me that the next morning I was going to get together with Tommy, drive through a beautiful, or I should say a myriad of beautiful vistas and landscapes in the Napa Valley and beyond, to see Clementine in Kelseyville.  Great anticipation. I visit her as much as I can considering it is a 2.5 hour drive from Contra Costa where I live.


Clementine lives in a beautiful area whose beauty belies its affordability, that is, the inexpensive cost of living in such a nice area. This is because Clear Lake is not on a business/work track and not easily accessible to commuters who would be still involved in the 9 to 5, so this place would be a downfall for such folks.  However, for those that are retired, rich, or on limited income, it is the perfect place.

For Northern California, it is not as expensive as it could be, to be sure. If Clear Lake was located near San Francisco, Sacramento, or even closer to Santa Rosa, you would not be able to buy a home in Clear Lake's paradise for less than 800K. But because of the aforementioned locale away from work corridors, folks can find nice homes for about 120K and surround themselves in an awesome nature exhibit called Clear Lake which is made up of Kelseyville, Lakeport, a town called Nice (pronounced Niece), and the town of Clear Lake. You can also rent a place for about $700 a month which is not bad for a private abode, a standalone small house.

When concerts were held at Konocti Harbor, which is not far from where Clementine now lives, famed country music star Alan Jackson used to come up one week earlier than his concert to spend time boating on the lake. That tells you all you need to know. On three-day weekends, people flock to Clear Lake. Nuff said.

The Drive

What diametrical opposites, SF and the Wine Country are. So there I was in downtown SF picking up Tommy and realizing how that is about to contrast with where we were to be later on in Wine Country with Tommy and Clementine and myself. No, I'm not picking on SF.....I just prefer the country. SF has great places to visit, dine, and take in. Contra Costa is about 30 minutes from Tommy in good traffic.
Okay, so Tommy has his backpack with him and his Jazz CD's to play in the car. I have a very comfortable late model Kia Minivan that I know he will not get a backache from. I see him, he has energy, is healthy, looks great, etc., he hops in.

We head over the Golden Gate and our conversations range from the mathematics of the universe, music, the Elevators, food, food, and more food. We love gourmet food. Conversations from the abstract to the practical. Yes, he is a genius, but I have a gifted IQ so I can follow him and I get him......however my interests to the extreme side of things are in NDE/Afterlife in particular and his focuses are politics and the mathematics behind the universe. So I can understand him, but I like to ground a conversation to more down-to-earth subjects like Heaven...LOL....no pun intended, actually. But that didn't last too long so I did something out of the ordinary for me, I became a listener.....an active listener, though.

The Plan

I decided before this trip that I would make a dish that Tommy and Clementine used to love that Tommy got the recipe for, from a restaurant in Austin, TX long ago, a dish called Steak Vesuvius. Tommy asked for and received the recipe and Clementine and he had the dish many times. Damn, if it would take my mother forever to have it finally cross her mind to give me the recipe, which was two months ago and I have made it several times since. My wife and I love it. Neither of us have ever cared for bell peppers because all we had to that point was uncooked Bell Peppers, but I knew the dish had to be great because Tommy/Clementine as a unit and individually know great food - and it was excellent. 

Back to the road

So I made a huge batch of Steak Vesuvius and froze individual bags of it and rice for each of them. Got some drinks and snacks and an ice chest and hit the road prior to arriving at Tommy's location in SF. I made the batch for each of them to unfreeze and reheat later because the plan I made was to treat the two of them to a lunch at Park Place, a restaurant near Clementines in Lakepor, and then they would later have a nice Steak Vesuvius dinner when everyone parted ways.

Tommy and I traveled from highway 101 to 12 to 29 and up through the Napa Valley. Tommy said he had never been through Napa, which took me by surprise, seeing how long he has lived in the Bay Area, at least 45 years. Closest for him was Sabastopol. We saw countless vineyards from highway 12 on. Tommy is a pleasant individual, does not impose his beliefs even if they are complex. I say this as if having gotten to know him for the first time and this is a part truth. Intellectual exchanges between a 3-8 year old child and an adult in his at-the-time 20's are minimal so now myself as an adult, would allow the floodgates to open for a new interaction.

Tommy can be both abstract and practical. I used to be more abstract, but being a microsoft computer systems engineer has trained me to be more practical/analytical than to be abstract/analytical. But I find that anecdotal evidence can be pretty strong at times. Science does not always have the answers but some day I believe there will be many more connective tissues between science and spirituality.......some day.

So Tommy and I are driving along and he asks if he can have a toke and I said sure! I have not had any pot since 91' but I have dreams about it, have wanted it badly, but decided that my mind has to be a focus beam for what I do for a living. But I never get a contact high so I'm good for this ride. He takes one toke of his sensimilla and puts it out. He does this to make his stash last longer. I've never forgotten the smell of sensimilla. I use to buy and sell it, joints that is, long ago. About every hour he would take his little toke. Smelled great!

I can see he is loving the scenery as we travel past these sites for sore eyes with the one hiccup called Napa, the town, which is nondescript, really. Past those windy curves of Calistoga, through Middleton and about that time I let Tommy know we are 30 minutes from Clementine's place. I have heard the words "far out" more in one day than I have in 30 years, lol. But, perhaps for the first time in ages for Tommy, those words really fit in a practical sense because compared to SF, we were FAR OUT! LOL. Didn't hear "Groovy".....got to hear "Cool" but that is still a current expression, Groovy it seems is not, or not for him.


At last, we arrive. Point four zero acres, a small house next to a cottage, painted in a deep gold color and looking like an Italian villa and there is my mother coming out of her little house. Garden, roses, a little water fountain, courtyard; she has taken thrift store items and discounted artistic items from a variety of locations to make a little oasis for herself. Tommy loved the drive, was not in any pain from the drive because my minivan has great seats and his comfort was most important to me because pain can color a person's experience and mute a potentially wonderful time and he was in perfect form. So was my mother. We sat and talked in the courtyard after she showed Tommy around her yard. He would stop and look at everything and even name the plants he saw. He took everything in. That type of attention to nature made the trip and its destination that much more fascinating to him, and more satisfying to me knowing he appreciated every little thing! Clementine and he caught up on things a bit. They are great friends and will remain so for the rest of their lives.

Park Place

The three of use then headed to Lakeport to Park Place restaurant. Homemade Pasta and great Clam Chowder were to be had. Tommy had the Thai Curry Pasta which he loved. We had the Fettuccine and meatballs. And we all had the Clam Chowder. Then we went to the park at the lake which was less than a block away.....Gazebo, beach, park with trees, families strolling, beautiful day! I didn't mention this earlier but I had my Golden Retriever with me for the ride. Tommy was very nice to my dog which is a prerequisite for tolerance from me, lol.

I took him (my dog that is) to the beach and he jumped into the lake and went for his shwim, shwim....that's how I say it. Tommy and Clementine sat on a bench looking cute as hell together from the perspective I had! Kind of like in some sort of movie ending.  We stayed there for a while and then went back to Clementine's because she had Tres Leches, a dessert for South America. It was the first time Tommy and I had it.....delicious. She also made a drink called Lime Rickey which is Agave, soda water, limes, sugar, and ice. Also wonderful.
Tommy became fixated on the drawings Clementine has done of wild animals and most recently, people and pet portraits. More conversations followed and then like all good things, a few hours spent at Clear Lake, we had to head back out of such a nice fantasy......or was that what reality is really supposed to be like all the time......and life just doesn't allow it for more than a few precious moments that ultimately have to find their way into a memory. I need to make more memories like that. We all need to.

The Drive Back

I won't go into the details of the drive back but it was filled with conversation similar to that which took place on the way up. Tommy wrote down some shows he thought I would like. He has Direct TV and so do I and he watches foreign channels and political channels.

It became apparent to all of us that we need to do this more often. We are now thinking of a fall BBQ at Clementine's or Christmas Dinner at her place. I think that would be great. 


Time stands till for no one and no matter how much we would love to be able to just reach up and turn the hands of that clock on the wall backward, and have the world around us go back to when we were with the ones we love, who are now gone, reality is a bitter pill to swallow.....one that reminds us this is not possible, and also the clock only goes back 12 hours........that fact and the great event of the day was an example of sardonic splendor............till we meet up on God's golden shores. But not so fast! There will be repeats. Distance is not allowed to separate us for long, while we are on the green grass of this world.

To anyone reading this......saying you plan to get together and doing it while everyone is down here, on earth, and yet putting it off, will only come back to haunt you some day, and for the rest of your lives. Put WHATEVER THE HELL IT IS you are doing down and make that call and get together with your loved ones while you still can.
Saturday, I captured a moment in time. There will be more for us. Sadly for some reading this, they will let that sort of thing pass them by. It may not be too late. It wasn't too late for us, but it could have been. Both Tommy and Clementine survived heart attacks in the last couple years and this is past them now. They both were vibrant on Saturday and I see many more to come and I thank God that is the case.

Richard Roland

STEAK VESUVIUS (One of Clementine and Tommy's favorite dishes)
You have to make this, it is great!
Serves 4 well. 

Couple of tablespoons oil - enough for meat first and then for vegetables
1.5 lb's of Stewing Beef (or good ground beef)
3 large Onions, chopped in 3/4 inch square pieces
1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red and 1 orange bell pepper, cleaned and seeded and chopped into 3/4 inch squares
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
4 medium tomatoes, very coarsely chopped

You will need a fairly large frying pan, with a lid.

If Stewing Beef:
Cut up the cubes even smaller, place over oil in pot, low heat, saute beef till 3/4 brown, add a little water, cover pot, cook very low for 1 hour.

If Ground Beef:
Make ground beef into small patties (usually five or so per pound), season with salt and pepper, and brown both sides at high heat in a little oil.  Remove from pan and set aside, wipe out pan and heat a little more oil. 

Both meats:
Saute the onion and Jalapeno peppers, stirring occasionally, over medium heat, until the onions are clear and the peppers are softened about 15 minutes on low.  Then add the remaining vegetables, minus the Tomatoes, mix in and cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Nestle the browned beef patties or the steak cubes into the vegetables and place the tomatoes on top of all.  Season all with salt and pepper.  Cook, covered, at low heat until the patties are just cooked through and the tomatoes have fallen apart, about 20 minutes.  Do not add any liquid - the tomatoes will make the sauce.  Taste for seasoning, and if the sauce is not "hot" enough, stir in a little cayenne pepper until spicy enough. 

This can be served with rice or noodles or any other starchy grain.

Important note:  The flavor of this recipe is completely altered by the addition or the removal of a single ingredient and by the changing of a single step of preparation - so follow the recipe exactly.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stacy Sutherland Remembered by Clementine Hall's Son

Stacy Sutherland
Stacy Sutherland
I asked Clementine Hall's son, Roland, if he remembered Stacy Sutherland and if he ever saw the band perform. This was his reply:

I remember sitting with him and he turned all his fingers upward which was mystifying. I really liked him and he was very nice to me as a kid and friendly and I miss the hell out of him. He was taken from this world too young. I saw them perform at the Avalon and other places but briefly in some places because of the drinking age. He is one of the first people I am going to visit in the afterlife.

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