Monday, February 15, 2021

Rainy Errands

We had to go out and run some errands on another rainy day here. Not much to look forward to, a trip to the bank and then to the market for something or other. I can't even remember what. We came out of the market and saw this. Oh yes, that made me laugh. Good old Grateful Dead skull and lightning bolt drawing. Well done too. Made me want to remember to google around to read the history of this image when I got home, and so I did. I discovered that it was designed by Owsley Stanley. Oh wow, that's such a familiar name. As Wikipedia describes him, he was a "clandestine chemist" and the LSD supplier to Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in the mid 60s. Owsley first heard the Grateful Dead in 1965 and financed them and worked as their sound man. He designed this image to put on their equipment so that it would be a highly identifiable mark. Yes, time has definitely shown it to be a highly identifiable mark. Can't look at it without thinking Grateful Dead almost 60 years after its design. And really, can't think of Owsley Stanley without thinking about LSD and the 1960s. 

Funny how an old bus with a drawing can be so trippy!



 

38 comments:

  1. That's a great graphic. I'd love to have that bus actually.

    Enjoy the rain while you can. Summer comes around way too quickly and then it's fire season again.

    It's been 35 degrees here and very humid. One frog has just chimed in so he thinks it's going to rain. It would be most welcome.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- It is a great graphic! I'm so glad you liked it. We do appreciate the rains, except when it goes on for days and days and days with no respite. I hope you get rain there.

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  2. If you name your child "Owsley" you can't expect them to grow up as a model citizen.

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    1. John-- True. I had the same thought. Owsley? What kind of a name is that?

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  3. Cool bus. That is a true fan. Somehow I missed the Garcia gang back in the day but think I'll go Google them and take a listen. Thanks.

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    1. Patti-- My sibs and I saw the Grateful Dead once at the Fillmore East in the late 1960s. That was it. Roger was a Deadhead back in the day.

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  4. Somebody must have been a great fan!

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  5. Love the bus! Love the image. Love the memories.

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  6. I love seeing that bus (creation!). I wasn't a fan, but had several friends who were...including my son's dad. He called himself a Dead Head...having traveled around to attend various concerts. There used to be cars with the skull on their back windows...I guess they have all gone to junk yards by now. Thanks for a cool memory.

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    1. Barbara-- I wasn't much of a fan either. Did go to see them once in the late 1960s at the Fillmore East. Roger and his friends were true Dead Heads back in the day.

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  7. SPACE YOUR FACE! Grateful dead will never die! Did not know that little factoid about who creator of logo was. makes good sense. Owsley- probably my favorite tab maker of all time. Changed my world!

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    1. Linda Sue-- I was surprised by that factoid as well. I remember the Owsley days and the acid. I wasn't much for LSD tripping, but it was definitely a thing back int he day. Love that you're dedicated Dead Head.

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  8. That is an AWESOME bus! I would have loved to photograph that! I read "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" years ago and I think Owsley is mentioned in the book. (I don't remember much of it, to be honest.)

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    1. Steve-- I thought of you when I saw that bus and grabbed my camera. It was a "Steve Reed" moment! Oh yes, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. I'm sure Owsley is mentioned. I had forgotten that book, but I am now reminded of it. That, and that I actually met Ken Kesey at the Kerouac Conference in 1982. He signed my beloved Kerouac Conference poster!

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  9. first time I did acid was purple owsley. I liked the Grateful Dead but wan't a huge fan however one of my husband's cousins was and would follow them around from concert to concert. at least until he had to settle down and become an adult. but still went to many concerts.

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    1. ellen-- I wasn't a big fan of the Dead, but I did get to see one show at the Fillmore East in the late 1960s. I wasn't a fan of acid either. I love knowing that you took purple owsley. That's very trippy!!

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  10. Trippy, a perfect word to describe being hijacked by memory and delivered to a rather trippy time. Loved the art and cultural history lesson.

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    1. 37paddington-- That drawing really sent me back to a trippy time. I wasn't much into the music or the psychedelics, but I loved the art and culture of it.

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  11. I love the photo! I was never a manic Deadhead but I was devoted and loved them and their music...and saw them a few times - most *memorably* at an outdoor concert in Eugene, OR....playing with Bob Dylan :) I also remember the Owsley and definitely was a devotee to that stuff for some time!

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    1. John-- Wow, you saw The Dead in Eugene with Bob Dylan! When was that? I lived in Eugene 1979-81. Must have been a great concert. It's so wild to remember those old days and all that music and psychedelics.

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  12. What a long strange trip it's been.

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  13. That's not a bus I would ever expect to see here in Georgia. I'm trying to picture it in the Walmart parking lot, and it's just not happening.

    The Dead song I know best is "Ripple", which I first heard in the Cher movie "Mask."

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    1. Mark-- I'm sure there must be Dead Heads in Georgia. Keep your eyes open for little bumperstickers with this symbol on it. I so hope you see them!

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  14. Why are errands run? Perhaps in the case of buying bottles of water from the supermarket when one's house is on fire.

    But you must get used to celebrating the bread-and-butter events of your life. A trip to the bank, you say. For me this is a rare occasion. A trip to the ATM is far more likely and I wouldn't have it any other way. Remember "cashing a cheque"? Standing in a wearisome queue to exchange one bit of paper for some others? Having to adjust one's life to what were then known as "banker's hours". Our banks used to close for lunch (just when you most wanted them if you were a working stiff) and for good at 3.30 pm. Saturdays? You gotta be joking. I love those hole-in-the-wall machines which, in effect, cash your cheque in seconds rather than minutes. With the added thrill of risking being mugged when it's all over.

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    1. Roderick-- We usually use the ATM, but we had to go in to take care of some business. Well, actually Roger went in, while I sat in the car. It's true about those old banker hours. Strange it was back in the day.

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  15. Hah, now that's my kind of bus. I know I've mentioned that I'm a major Deadhead, and I think I may have known the story behind the Steal Your Face logo... it certainly sounds familiar.

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    1. Sharon-- Now that you mention it, I do remember that you are a Deadhead! Yes, this bus was pretty cool. I'm so glad we went out to run errands when we did. Certainly brightened our day to see it.

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  16. I remember the Grateful Dead but much preferred Uriah Heap, Deep Purple, Led Zeplin and Black Sabbath. One of my all time favoureds were Emeson Lake & Palmer who I saw live, Awesome

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    1. Billy-- Wow! You really did like the hard rock bands. I did see Led Zeppelin once in the late 1960s at the Fillmore East. My preferences were the mellow songs of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, etc.

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    2. Forgot to say I did see the Stones twice, and liked Crosby , Stills Nash & Young especially liked Neil Young's Harvest

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    3. Billy-- Yes! CSN&Y. Absolutely love them and still listen to their old songs. Neil Young's Harvest is wonderful!

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  17. Light a candle, curse the glare. What a trippy bus, seemingly out of step with time!

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    1. Ally Bean-- I will get by, I will survive. I'm so glad I got to see this bus, so I could share this cool moment with blogging friends.

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