Shanghai Kelly

San Francisco1870First flesh peddlerShanghai KellyBarkeep KellyDrugged his patronsOpium BourbonStrong oblationSet up phonyFree Booze CruisesLured his victimsWith Toxic juicesOffered womanTo Sucker sapsWhen they woke They were trappedNo free womanOnly boozeKnocked them outKidnapped foolsTrapped aboardA sailing shipTo ShanghaiUnwanted TripChorusFirst head hunterCalled a CrimpShanghai KellySailor Pimp in a nutshell James Kelly was a kidnapper – but he kidnapped grown men sailors You could say he started a…

San Francisco Surreal Dreams in Color – Circa 1984

Flashback! San Francisco between 1984 and 1994 was perfect. I was in my 20’s and did what people in their 20’s do. Besides work, I lived an artful life. I had some great fun with fellow musicians and artists. One fun time stands out, and this photo – rendering is the picture worth 1024 words.

Kabarett 391

Back in the 80’s I played guitar and synthesizers in a band in San Francisco. We played mostly at The Hotel Utah, but other more divy bars in the SF Bay Area. I lived in SF between 1984 and 1994 – what I consider a real hey day and so much better than when the first “dot con” ruined the city – which happened…

Aria on Grant Street, San Francisco

I used to visit Aria on Grant Street on my daily walks from work – when I worked in downtown San Francisco. I met Jack Howe – who is a great Santa Cruz Assemblage artist and had purchased one of his pieces years ago. I got into Assemblage myself – and most of the photos in this blog are my Assemblage pieces. Most of…

Switching Yard . . .

The Artiste Behind This Here Blog Welcome to this new blog. It is a branch off another blog that I write – which is mostly about Ham Radio and is more scientific. About a year ago, I walked into a great music store in Petaluma, California called Tall Toad Music and saw this guitar: Gretsch Streamliner I couldn’t believe that it was of such…