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BAND Merry Pranksters/Warlocks?
VENUE
CITY Soquel, Santa Cruz
STATE CA
DATE 11/??/65
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SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS Soquel, near Santa Cruz (Warlocks?): 1st Acid Test?
Transcribed by Teddy GoodBear: [coming soon]
Owsley "Bear" Stanley III: [coming soon]
RECORDINGS Master recordings of "Acid Tests" by Pranksters: "were several Ampex 601 two-track stereo reel-to-reel tape decks..." -- [Ref.: The Deadhead's Taping Compendium -- p.6 Ken Babbs].
CONTRIBUTORS Teddy GoodBear <DeadLists@GoodBear.com>, The Deadhead's Taping Compendium p.85, Owsley Stanley <bear@thebear.org>.

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE Big Nig's House
CITY San Jose
STATE CA
DATE 12/04/65
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SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS "San Jose Acid Test". 1st appearance as "The Grateful Dead".
Transcribed by Teddy GoodBear: [coming soon]
To see the concert art:
http://www.goodbear.com/concert_art/12_04_65.html
RECORDINGS
CONTRIBUTORS Teddy GoodBear <DeadLists@GoodBear.com>, The Grateful Dead Family Album p.30, The Deadhead's Taping Compendium p.86; Jann Wenner (Rolling Stone Founder).

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE Fillmore Auditorium
CITY San Francisco
STATE CA
DATE 12/10/65
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ENCORE
COMMENTS "Mime Troupe Benefit - Appeal II, for Continued Artistic Freedom in the Arts". Other artist(s): Jefferson Airplane, The Great Society, John Handy Quintet, The Mystery Trend, The Gentlemen's Band, the VIP's and others.
Transcribed by Teddy GoodBear:
||||On The Town||||
Lesson for the S.F. in The Mime Benefit
||||by Ralph J. Gleason||||

The benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe Friday night at the Fillmore Auditorium (it was billed as "Appeal II, for Continued Artistic Freedom in the Arts") was a roaring success. Over 3500 people paid $1.50 apiece to be there.

But it was a great deal more than a benefit. It was substantiation of the suspicion that the need to dance on the part of a great number of residents of this area is so great it simply must be permitted.

The Friday night affair was basically a rock 'n roll dance such as the ones the Family Dog put on at the Longshore Hall.

If this city was run for the citizens, such affairs would be commonplace and conducted say, once a month at the Civic Auditorium where there used to be numerous dances during the swing era.
* * *
At 9:30 there was a double line a block long outside the Fillmore Auditorium. At 1 a.m. it was still there, the individuals were new but the packed house still existed.

Inside a most remarkable assembladge of humanity was leaping, jumping, dancing, frigging, fragging and frugging on the dance floor to the music of the half dozen rock bands--The Mystery Trend, The Great Society, The Jefferson Airplane, the VIP's, The Gentlemen's Band, The Warlocks and others. The costumes were freeform Goodwill-cum-Sherwood Forest. Slim young ladies with their faces painted a la Harper's Bazzar in cats-and-dogs lines, granny dresses topped with hugh feathers, white hats with decals of mystic design; bell-bottoms split up the side! The combinations were seemingly limitless.

At each end of the huge hall was a three foot high sign saying LOVE. Over the bar was another saying "No Booze", while the volunteer bartenders served soft drinks. Alongside the regular bar was a series of tables selling apples! The only dance (outside of Halloween) I've ever been at where they sold apples, Craaaazy! In a corner past the apple table was a baby in a carriage, sound asleep with a bottle and a teddy bear clutched in his (her?) arms.

This crowd was so far out that when Milton Hunt, the distinguished North Beach boulevardier, entered wearing a scrape and a black sombrero and escorting a girl dressed in a Vikki Duggins skirt (cut six inches below the hipline and supported by a thin net top and that's all!) no one turned a hair. It was that kind of a night.

Although it was a benefit for the Mime Troupe in its fight against "the law's delay, the insolence of office" to which their handest refers in Shakesphearean terms, there were thousands there who never heard of the Mime Troupe or at least never had been in one of their shows, as Ronnie Davis pointed out.

They were there for a multitude of reasons, and the reasons bear examination. Some were there because the Mime Troupe represents, along with Jerry Ets Hotkins, a battle for creativity in the arts. Others, and more I suspect, were there because the Mime Troupe's park use hassle dramatizes another aspect of the struggle of US against THEM.

Still others were there as part of the rock revolution. They don't. need booze (as the swing era dancers did). All they need is the sound of the guitars. They get high on decibels alone. And they are hurting to dance.
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SAN FRANCISCO has been hell on dances for years. The police obviously regard mass proximity of the sexes to the sound of music as a hazard equal to a time bomb. But I suspect this attitude will have to be tempered. The actual demand for dances is going to increase. The whole rock revolution points to dancing, the music ineluctably moves one to move.

Another thing about the Friday night revel. There were no guards inside. There was an absence of uniforms and there was no trouble. It was the kind of crowd were over a dozen people stopped dancing, got down on thier hands and knees to help a girl find a contact lens that had popped out during a particularly dramatic movement. They scrambled on the dance floor for a few minutes and found it. She cleaned it in her mouth, popped it back in and the dancing continued.

Don't knock the rock, as the British used to say.--Ralph J. Gleason (S.F. Chronicle, 12/13/65).
http://www.goodbear.com/concert_art/12_10_65.html
David Sorochty:
FWIW Rock Scully gives the following info in his book "Living With The Dead":

12-10-65: Little Red Rooster, I Know You Rider, Midnight Hour, Early Morning Rain

Obviously that info comes from memory, not tapes.
RECORDINGS
CONTRIBUTORS Teddy GoodBear <DeadLists@GoodBear.com>, Adrian M. Johnson <jelly@thebigj.demon.co.uk>, "The Art Of Rock" book [The "Last Days" Booklet],"The Art Of The Fillmore" book, David Sorochty <scarletfire@erols.com>, Ralph J. Gleason (S.F. Chronicle, 12/13/65).

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE Muir Beach Lodge
CITY Muir Beach
STATE CA
DATE 12/11/65
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ENCORE
COMMENTS "Muir Beach Acid Test".
Transcribed by Teddy GoodBear: [coming soon]
To see the concert art:
http://www.goodbear.com/concert_art/12_04_65.html
Owsley "Bear" Stanley III:
...There were two "Acid Tests" which I didn't. go to after my "initiation" at the Dec 11 Muir Beach event...
David Sorochty:
FWIW Rock Scully gives the following info in his book "Living With The Dead":

12-11-65: Hog For You Baby--->Good Day Sunshine, Early Morning Rain

Obviously that info comes from memory, not tapes.
RECORDINGS
CONTRIBUTORS Teddy GoodBear <DeadLists@GoodBear.com>, The Grateful Dead Family Album p.30, Owsley Stanley <bear@thebear.org>, David Sorochty <scarletfire@erols.com>.

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE The Big Beat Club
CITY Palo Alto
STATE CA
DATE 12/18/65
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SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS "Big Beat Acid Test".
Transcribed by Teddy GoodBear: [coming soon]
Owsley "Bear" Stanley III:
There were two "Acid Tests" which I didn't go to after my "initiation" at the Dec 11 Muir Beach event, one was in Palo Alto and the other one was in Portland. There were two before that also.
RECORDINGS
CONTRIBUTORS Teddy GoodBear <DeadLists@GoodBear.com>, The Grateful Dead Family Album p.30, Owsley Stanley <bear@thebear.org>.

BAND Grateful Dead
VENUE The Matrix
CITY San Francisco
STATE CA
DATE 12/??/65
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SET2
SET3
ENCORE
COMMENTS
Teddy GoodBear:
(See 1/15/66 - "Portland Acid Test" for more of Bear's comments). His comments were made off the top of his head & therefore may not be accurate.
Owsley "Bear" Stanley:
There were only two Matrix shows, one in Dec '65, and the one before the Fillmore AT. The Matrix was a crummy little closet of a venue with barely enough room for 50 to 60 people to stand in, the big name bands didn't play there after they got up and known. The hall couldn't pay more than $100 for the act. They seldom had two acts/night and so far as I know never three. The Dead played there twice when they were unknown.
RECORDINGS
CONTRIBUTORS Teddy GoodBear<DeadLists@GoodBear.com>, Owsley Stanley <bear@thebear.org>

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