DOWN TO MONTEREY


"Lee Domann is a wonderful troubadour. In his '60s-themed musical, Down to Monterey, he awakened my senses and brought back memories I had not visited in decades. He takes us back to those phenomenal years with a great mix of songs, guitar, stories and character acting."

~ Barry Tashian Founder of The Remains, opening band for the Beatles 1966 U.S. tour.

“Lee Domann calls his ‘Down to Monterey’ show a ‘song cycle.’ It’s musical theatre of the most intimate kind. When you see a show performed for an audience of L.A. producers and show biz types, you expect a room that’s truly jaded, dulled and satiated by overindulgence. If that existed going in, Lee Domann, from Nashville, Tennessee, quickly dispelled it. I had seen the premiere of his one-man thematic show six months earlier, performed with other musicians on stage with him. That showed a promising concept. He has used the interim better than anyone might have expected. Tonight was brilliant. Domann delivered a bravura performance. Just the right amount of storytelling and character acting, and the songs had plenty of contrast, so even the hard-core show biz audience never had a desire to get bored with the idea of one guy with a guitar on stage for over an hour. He received a standing ovation. He can take this show anywhere to the delight of any audience over, say, age 16. Those old enough to remember the sixties, and those young enough to dream of a time of idealism will be carried away by this tale of the spirit of the Summer of Love.”

~ Larry Wines,
Editor, Acoustic Americana Music Guide
Columnist for FolkWorks magazine
Radio host, “Tied to the Tracks”

Lee says...

"Down to Monterey" is a personal and social history of the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in 1966-67. It is a partly autobiographical, partly mythical tale seeking to resurrect, to re-awaken the memories, feelings and commitment of those who were part of the so-called Woodstock Generation. It is a story of the wonderment, peace, joy, agony and tragedy of those years. Most of all, it is an appeal and an invitation to those of us who remain, to reclaim our identity and to respond accordingly in the present day. Historical references to people, events and places are intentional and strategic.

I believe we all have the opportunity to be good stewards of the history in which we live. "Down to Monterey" is just one more personal statement to be added to the total historical expression.

Everything in this presentation is true. Some of it is even factual. As is often heard, "Take what you need and leave the rest."

DOWN TO MONTEREY
A Theatrical Song Cycle by Lee Domann
The Songs:

Prologue
Winds of Love
Everything Is True
The Trip
Telegraph Avenue

Johnny Appleseed
Blown Away
First Freak Holiday
It’s A Sunshine Day
Winds of Love (reprise)
God Bless Amerika

Pull That Needle
Down To Nothin’
Golden Eagle
Silver Seagull
June Jam

Down to Monterey (monologue/part 1)
Whatever Happened To You And Me?
Gypsy Band
Down to Monterey (monologue/part 2)
Winds of Love (reprise)

All songs written by Lee Domann/ copyright, Renovation Music (BMI), except
“Prologue” by Lee Domann and Willie Domann/ copyright, Renovation Music (BMI)/
Distributor Music (ASCAP)
“Home sweet home” refrain in “Gypsy Band” is from the song “We Got To Live Together,” by Buddy Miles/ copyright, Miles Ahead Music (ASCAP) (use permission secured)
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Gratitude to Chad Stewart and Jeremy Clyde (“Chad and Jeremy”) whose brilliant 1968 album, THE ARK, inspired the forty-year journey of what became this project. If I have to listen to one song for the rest of eternity, may it be “Sunstroke”:
o, holy night – Thursday, October 17, 1968 -- 1104 Tennessee St. -- Lawrence, Kansas

                                               A Glossary…

 

…of people, places and events in the order of their "appearance" in Lee Domann’s DOWN TO MONTEREY presentation. This glossary can be found at Lee’s website, www.leedomann.com. Click the “Down to Monterey” link on sidebar.

 

BUDDY AND HIS BUDDIES – Buddy Miles, Billy Cox, Jimi Hendrix - members of A Band of Gypsys who played two concerts at the Fillmore East in New York City on Dec. 30 & 31, 1969.

 

JACK KEROUAC – (1922-1969) author, poet and painter. Alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, he is considered a pioneer of the Beat Generation.

 

VOLTAIRE – (1694-1778) pen name for Francois-Marie-Arouet, a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, and philosopher known for his wit, philosophical sport, and defense of civil liberties and freedom of religion.

AMERIKA WITH A “K” -- In the 1960s and early 1970s in the United States, political leftists, particularly the Yippies (Youth International Party), sometimes used "Amerika" rather than "America" in referring to the United States. It is still used as a political statement today. It is likely that this was originally an allusion to the German spelling of America, and intended to be suggestive of Nazism, a hypothesis that the Oxford English Dictionary supports.

CAPTAIN HUBBARD – Alfred M. Hubbard (1901-1982) – One of several persons who were known as “LSD’s Johnny Appleseed.” He died destitute, having depleted his fortune promoting responsible research of the medical/spiritual benefits of LSD. For more on the story of this devout Roman Catholic, LSD-guide, inventor, sea captain, and alleged CIA agent, Google: “The Original Captain Trips—Who Was Al Hubbard?” by Todd Brendan Fahey.

 

DHARMA BUMS – a reference to Jack Kerouac’s novel, The Dharma Bums. One of the two main characters, Japhy Ryder, is based on the essayist, Gary Snyder, who helped to introduce Kerouac to Buddhism in the mid-1950s.

 

TELEGRAPH AVENUE – a main street connecting Berkeley and Oakland, California.

 

SPROUL HALL – the main Administration Building at the University of California, Berkeley and a frequent site of political speeches, sit-ins, and demonstrations.

THE PANTHERS – The Black Panthers (originally The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was an African-American organization established to promote Black Power and self-defense through community action and, when necessary, militant protection of the Black community from harassment and violence by the legal apparatus. It was active in the United States from the mid-1950’s into the 1970’s. It was founded in Oakland, CA, by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale on October 15, 1966.

KEN KESEY (1935-2001) AND THE MERRY PRANKSTERS – Kesey is best known for his major novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He was also an influential counter-cultural figure and a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950’s and the “hippies” of the 1960’s. The Pranksters was a group of persons who, beginning in 1963, often lived communally with Kesey in California and Oregon. All were enthusiastic proponents of wide-spread use of LSD.

 

MARIO SAVIO – (1942-1996) a political activist and key member of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement.   He is most famous for his passionate speeches, especially his "put your bodies upon the gears" address given at Sproul Hall, University of California, Berkeley on December 2, 1964.

 

THE BARBThe Berkeley Barb, an underground newspaper that was published in Berkeley, CA from 1965 to the early 1980s

 

OWSLEY – (1935- ) Augustus Owsley Stanley, III – an underground LSD chemist who operated out of California and Denver. He was the first to produce large quantities of pure LSD. He was adept at out-maneuvering the FBI both legally and geographically in its efforts to shut down his manufacturing/distribution network.

 

  1. EDGAR – J.Edgar Hoover (1885-1972) – The first director of the FBI, he was a fierce opponent of LSD and in the fall of 1966 made it illegal to possess or manufacture LSD.

 

ALDOUS HUXLEY –Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894 –1963) was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He was best known for his novels including Brave New World and Doors of Perception. Huxley spent the later part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. He was also well known for advocating and taking psychedelics.

CARY GRANT --Archibald Alexander Leach (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986), better known by his stage name Cary Grant, was an English-American actor. In the early 1960s he related how treatment with LSD — legal at the time — at a prestigious California clinic had finally brought him inner peace after yoga, hypnotism and mysticism had proved ineffective. He took LSD therapeutically over sixty times.

 

CHOCOLATE GEORGE – Charles George Hendricks, a colorful Hell's Angel in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco who was rarely seen without a carton of chocolate milk. He died in a motorcycle accident, reportedly when he swerved to miss a cat in the road. Known as a very kind, compassionate man.

THE DIGGERS – A radical community action group of improvisational actors who operated from 1966-68 in the Haight-Ashbury district. They took their names from the original English Diggers socialists (1649-50) who were executed for their beliefs. Their politics were such that they have sometimes been categorized as "left-wing." More accurately, they were "community anarchists" who blended a desire for freedom with a consciousness of the community in which they lived.

FREE FRAME OF REFERENCE -- The Diggers provided a free food service in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park every day at 4 p.m., generally feeding over 200 people who had no other source of food. They served a stew made from donated and stolen meat and vegetables behind a giant yellow picture frame, called the Free Frame of Reference.

BLUE UNICORN – Haight-Ashbury’s first coffeehouse, 1964 [referred to only in the full version of this presentation]

 

HAPPY THE HIPPIE – He later stole my guitar on Sunset Strip in Hollywood. I got it back. [referred to only in the full version of this presentation]

  1. SMITH AND THE FREE CLINIC – In response to a youthful population migrating to the Haight-Ashbury and a growing medical crisis caused by increased drug use and lack of health insurance, Dr. David E. Smith opened the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic on June 7, 1967, the first free clinic in the U.S. without a religious affiliation. His goal was to provide free medical care for everyone under the motto "Health care is a right, not a privilege". The clinic operated in the Haight-Ashbury District through 2007, then moved most of its operations to the Mission District of San Francisco and continues to provide medical care to those who would otherwise lack access to it.
  2. CRUM and MR. NATURAL – Mr. Natural (Fred Natural) is a comic book character created and drawn by 1960s counterculture and underground comix artist, Robert Crumb. The character first appeared in the premiere issue of Yarrowstalks (the May 5, 1967 issue).

CHIEF MARINELLO – Frank Marinello, Monterey’s police chief during the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, which experienced virtually no incidents requiring police presence or action. He was very complimentary of all who planned and attended the event.

 

FRED HAMPTON AND MARK CLARK –Fred Hampton was an African-American activist and deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP). He and fellow Black Panther member, Mark Clark, were killed Dec. 4, 1969 in a Chicago apartment during a raid by a tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney's Office (SAO), in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Their deaths were chronicled in the 1971 documentary film The Murder of Fred Hampton, as well as an episode of the critically acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize.[1]

ABBIE HOFFMAN AND JERRY RUBIN – Two primary founders of the Youth International Party. Their members were commonly called Yippies,  The movement was a radically youth-oriented, countercultural revolutionary offshoot of the free speech and anti-war movements of the 1960s. It was founded on Dec. 31, 1967. They employed theatrical gestures, such as advancing a pig ("Pigasus the Immortal") as a candidate for President in 1968, to mock the social status quo.

 

KENT STATE -- The Kent State shootings—also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre—occurred at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The students were protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

 

JACKSON STATE -- The Jackson State killings occurred on Thursday/Friday May 14–15, 1970, at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University) in Jackson, Mississippi. A group of students, protesting both racism in Jackson and the killings at Kent State, were confronted by city and state police. The police opened fire, killing two students and injuring twelve.


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