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Monday, November 19, 2012

On hiatus until ca. March 2013

But, in the meantime ...

Some years ago, I posted about the Grateful Dead gig on Friday, May 16, 1969 in the gymnasium of Campolindo High School, 300 Moraga Rd., Moraga, CA, 94556. I posted a wild-sounding story about the gig which may contain some actual truth. There were comments and such. At some point I'll do a whole new post on the gig.

Here's some eye candy from the Campolindo High School yearbook, Compañero, for the 1968-1969 school year.

I have labeled numbered the eleven live shots, which I presume to include very rare shots of Frumious Bandersnatch and the Velvet Hammer. These were on pp. 12-13 of the spring supplement to the yearbook. Here's what I think I see.

1. dancing youth
2. GD live onstage, L-R: Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir
3. Frumious Bandersnatch live onstage, L-R: Jack Notestein - bass; Jack King - drums.
4. GD live onstage, L-R: Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart
5. ?Velvet Hammer? unknown guitar player
6. ?Velvet Hammer? guitar, drums, bass, keyboard
7. kid dancing. Right on, kid.
8.  Frumious Bandersnatch live onstage, L-R: Jack Notestein - bass; Jack King - drums, vocals; Bobby Winkelman - guitar, vocals; David Denny - guitar, vocals. (Thanks to David Denny for confirmation!)
9. light show projectionists
10. hanging out under the light show projection tables
11. ?? two young women singing and playing acoustic guitar


  1. Nice to have you back, however briefly.

    Picture 8 certainly looks like Frumious Bandersnatch. I think L-R it is Ross Valory (bass), John King (drums), Bobby Winkelmann (cowbell), David Denny (guitar). King and Winkelmann (who also played guitar) are pretty distinctive--it's possible that I have inverted Valory and Denny (David Denny is now a professional recording engineer, on line at

    Did the yearbooks have any photos of Santana and the Ace Of Cups from the Fall (I think November 22)?

    As for the kid dancing in #7, his principal concern is probably whether his own kids will recognize him.

  2. I have sent Mr. Denny an email, hopefully he can help us out!

  3. It's great to see those yearbook shots. This has turned out to be one surprisingly well-documented show!


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