Band Merry Pranksters
Venue Golden Gate Park
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 11/03/65 - Wednesday posters tickets, passes & laminates
Comments Also 11/??/1966 (11/7?) ~
Soquel, near Santa Cruz (Warlocks?): 1st Acid Test?
The Deadhead's Taping Compendium -- p.85: "The parties were outgrowing La Honda...first acid test was held in November 1965.

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 & p.85].
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Autumn Records Demo, The Warlocks

Source:SBD>MR>??>DAT>CDR

Conversion: CDR > EAC(secure) > mkwact(seekable)

Disk 1 [18:05]
01. [03:05] Can't Come Down
02. [02:42] Mindbender
03. [02:52] The Only Time Is Now
04. [03:21] Caution//
05. [02:42] I Know You Rider
06. [03:21] Early Morning Rain

Notes:
1. Caution fades out at 3:10
2. shntool confirms tracks on sector boundaries
3. small spikes at the start of some tracks were silenced using Cool Edit ~ 4/24/2002

Thanks to Raoul Duke for the disks!

Contributors Teddy GoodBear , Raoul Duke
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Band Grateful Dead
Venue The Matrix
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 12/??/65 - Wednesday posters tickets, passes & laminates
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.
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Contributors Teddy GoodBear, Owsley Stanley Any questions, comments or concerns about this Web Site should be directed To Nathan Wolfson. The adaptation Of this material To text was done by Teddy GoodBear And is (c) copyrighte
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Band Grateful Dead
Venue Big Nig's House
Location San Jose, CA
Date 12/4/65 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
Comments "San Jose Acid test". 1st appearance as "The Grateful Dead". Transcribed by Teddy GoodBear: [coming soon] to see the concert art: http://www.pompano.net/~goodbear/concert_art/12_04_65.html
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Contributors Teddy GoodBear , The Grateful Dead Family Album p.30, The Deadhead's Taping Compendium p.86; Jann Wenner (Rolling Stone Founder).
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Band Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore Auditorium
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 12/10/65 - Friday posters tickets, passes & laminates
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. * * * 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.pompano.net/~goodbear/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.
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Contributors Teddy GoodBear , Adrian M. Johnson , "The Art Of Rock" book [The "Last Days" Booklet],"The Art Of The Fillmore" book, David Sorochty , Ralph J. Gleason (S.F. Chronicle, 12/13/65)
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Band Grateful Dead
Venue Muir Beach Lodge
Location Muir Beach, CA
Date 12/11/65 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
Comments "Muir Beach Acid test". Transcribed by Teddy GoodBear: [coming soon] to see the concert art: http://www.pompano.net/~goodbear/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.
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Contributors Teddy GoodBear , The Grateful Dead Family Album p.30, Owsley Stanley , David Sorochty .
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Band Grateful Dead
Venue The Big Beat Club
Location Palo Alto, CA
Date 12/18/65 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
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.
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Contributors Teddy GoodBear , The Grateful Dead Family Album p.30, Owsley Stanley .
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