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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monterey Pop Festival #3

     In the evening of some day at the festival I found myself in a room with a guy in a white suit and a woman dressed in black leather pants and top. The guy must have been Derrick Taylor an english PR person. I don't know how we got together or why he was there and have no memory of us talking or anything. Then I found myself in a room with the woman in black leather. I now realize she was Nico. There was such a strange vibe. We just stood looking at each other and being in the same room. No words were spoken. That is all I remember about that.
     So Country Joe and The Fish performed on the main stage and on the free stage. I took STP. I saw lots of the acts perform. I had an encounter of the strange kind with Derrick Taylor and Nico. I also found out later that Robin Menken came as a guest of David Cohen. Were they boy friend and girfriend or just friends or what? I don't really know. But she had climbed on the truck as we rolled into Kesar Stadium at the big 1967 war protest that had taken place a bit earlier. So I guess they got to know each other. The main reason I mention it is Robin Menken and I became friends soon after Monterey Pop Festival and got married and had a child born in 1968 I named Seven Ann McDonald. She was my first child and it was my second marriage.
     I remember being in a grocery store in Berkeley a few days after the festival and looking at the oranges and thinking that they really were very, very orange. Then realizing that I was still high from the SPT. It was a very psychedelic experience. The first few days were like being in a giant Monet painting. He painted these large paintings of water lilies. Also a few days after the festival I asked the roadies where my guitars were and they said they did not know. I told Barry Melton about the missing guitars and he simply said no problem. I know where they are. It seemed like Barry's friend Louie was not only a speed freak but a known thief also. Barry and I went over to a house in the Haight Ashbury and he crawled under the house in the crawl space and came out with my guitars. He said here they are just like I thought. So that is how I got them back.

3 comments:

  1. Oh the memories Joe. As I'm sure many others would share, your STP experience sounds very familiar. By the way, Derrick Taylor was the Beatles publicist.

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  2. Derek Taylor was also publicist for the Byrds, who were playing the festival.

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