The Afterthought

The Afterthought

West Coast Rock Posters & Recollections From the '60s

Book - 2014
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The Afterthought brings back into focus the psychedelic sixties in all of their purple-haze glory, as seen through the eyes of legendary west coast music promoter and entrepreneur Jerry Kruz. Using the historical posters as a timeline, Kruz's recollections are a celebration of the resiliency of Woodstock-era arts and culture and foundational musical acts like the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller, The Collectors (Chilliwack), Tom Northcott Trio, Country Joe & the Fish and many more.

Complete with selected discographies and band biographies for many of the musical acts included in the book, The Afterthought is illustrated throughout with selections from the folk-inspired and psychedelia-fuelled artwork of legendary artists Bob Masse and Frank Lewis.

Publisher: Victoria, B.C. : Rocky Mountain Books, c2014
ISBN: 9781771600248
Branch Call Number: 781.66022 KRU
Characteristics: 248 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,26 cm.


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Nov 04, 2017

No rose tinted memory lane here!
More like painful memoir of his dysfunctional family, hubris of big shot promoter in Vancouver, drug scene, the overzealous establishment, losing friends to drugs, depression or senseless stabbing & couldn't doing the thing he loved the most after the fall in his heyday years.
The climbing back out to healthy normality family life from hep C, drug addict & a criminal record.
Iconic posters from folk, rock, "psychedelic rock" Latin & others events mostly collected by his better half.
Irony of ironies that Dexedrine aka "speed" is used to treat dyslexia & attention deficit disorder which he both had was the drug of his choice.
No surprise he had strong opinions on "war on drugs", corporation, then 1960s police, Mayor "Mr. Wonderful" Campbell, 1960s establishment then Progressive Conservative government, & legalization of cannabis to spike organized crime.
No surprise either his biggest accomplishment was finally completing high school & raising a family.
Huge survivor guilt if he could have save his older brother who had a bigger drug addiction & several friends.
The afterwords chapter on his musical friends, relatives & his wife in mostly in their own words was a nice touch.
A huge gap filled in no fun city.

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