Tiffany Eckert 10 of 15 The Kesey Clan surrounds Geneva Jolley Kesey Family 11 of 15 Springfield's Peter DeFazio at his Congressional Headquarters. Its not necessarily great business talk, but my ability to detach is also crucial. Despite the free-love ethos of the Sixties, she could feel the tension her affair with Kesey generated in the group. The band, which was making waves in the Haight but hadn't yet recorded an album, shared a rambling Victorian on 710 Ashbury Street in San Francisco. Were proud of them and we want to share the best of what California has to offer. "You have to be a pretty big person to hold your own with Kesey and Garcia and their milieu. And her first with a chauvinistic rock 'n' roll culture that relegated the band's "old ladies" to caretaker status. Jerry Garcia One must brace against the turns to avoid sliding into the driver. MG, as her family and friends call her, is finally ready to be the author of her own story. So youve gotta stay grounded, stay humble, be realistic. It was a short hop back to addiction. Cassady, she learned, had come across her at the caf while he was making a drug run to pick up the amphetamine pills Kesey needed to stay alert. For Carolyn Adams, encountering Kesey and the Pranksters was like coming home, as if she'd been looking for people like them all of her life. "[1], In early 1964, she met Neal Cassady, who introduced her to Ken Kesey and his friends, one of whom gave her the name "Mountain Girl" because she was a "little bit wild. "I would go over from time to time and hang out," she says. Over the years it became a bustling hub for friends and family, including Mountain Girl, who moved nearby in the 1980s. A framed photo of Kesey juggling apples hangs on a bright red wall. From the affair with Kesey to the agony and ecstasy of her decades with Jerry, Mountain Girl was writing it all down in letters and journal entries. ", But, laughs Scully, "Nobody ever saw her and Jerry because they never came out of their room. "I think there was a realistic amount of sexual activity up there," Garcia says, "but it was certainly not out of bounds or weird or anything like that. "It was the end of their chapter," Adams says, "and the beginning of mine." Meals got planned; bathrooms were cleaned. After moving in with Jerry, the teenage matriarch of the Pranksters became the "den mother," as she puts it, of the Grateful Dead: cooking, cleaning, rustling them out the door on time. Can you share a status update on that? And that level of his dedication really fired everybody. At Stanford University, researchers were exploring the potential of psychedelic drugs. Until then, Mountain Girl had always considered their relationship to be "buddy-buddy." I think that two people hiding out in the same family would have been even more difficult. With steely determination, she continued her way across a wide expanse of unmown grass with Kesey's black spaniel Happy yapping at her heels. "I haven't had another relationship really since then. Her function? "His glasses were broken and he had a couple of (bruises) where people might have punched him. "That left a giant hole in his personality he was constantly trying to fill," she says. The week after the Trips Festival, on January 31, 1966, Furthur was found abandoned on a cliffside road, high above the crashing shore of Eureka. You could feel it. I am quite certain that it was a comfort to him as well as to me. If you were behaving badly, she'd tell you that, too. "I was maintaining our home. Jerry promised that they would get a house together. "I'm not sorry about it particularly," she said. With Sunshine slung to her hip, Mountain Girl fell into communal living again. "Crazy," she recalls. Mountain Girl and Garcia retreated to a secluded home in Stinson Beach, California, to raise their daughters. Mountain Girl (Carolyn Elizabeth Garcia) with her three daughters, Sunshine Kesey,(daughter of Ken Kesey), Theresa Adams "Trixie" Garcia, Annabelle Walker Garcia. What the hell is going on? "I just couldn't deal with it," Mountain Girl says. The moment she hugged him, she felt a flash. The Mountain Girl-Jerry Garcia relationship was fraught with enough drama and see-sawing emotion to resemble a hippie soap opera. Or, as Kesey told Tom Wolfe: "Either you are on the bus or off the bus." She was caught napping each time. That played itself out for a while. Its a place for people to get together and still be able to connect with Jerry. I don't know.' Mountain Girl, eight months pregnant, hitchhiked to get groceries. "I didn't want any whinging. "Leaper?" Any sign of a trap and I'm moving. Both of them could be among the most open people I've ever run across.". The seeds she'd helped sow were beginning to bloom. "It was fall. Self-reliant as always, MG constructed her own little home in the woods: I had built a small shelter in a grove of trees by the creek. "You could come stay with me," he said. Trixie and her reclusive. It was a minor note, although I suppose it wasn't minor for me at the time because I was young and attractive. Adams was offered a job in the Stanford cafeteria, but drawing on her knowledge of science she hustled one in the organic-chemistry lab instead. "There were always girls coming out of the woodwork," says Mountain Girl. Beatniks and folk musicians were flocking to the area, and Adams fell in love with the music scene. Mountain Girl believes he was still suffering from the trauma of seeing his father, Joe, drown on a fishing trip when he was 6. You can't do drugs when you're in a coma.". I had a new baby. ", Still facing pot charges in San Francisco, she had to hitchhike up and down the coast for her court appearances, five hours each way. "Old-time farmers used manure, compost, bird shit, etc. Adams Garcia, a large woman with long, graying hair and no makeup, a former Merry Prankster who had two daughters with Jerry Garcia and another named Sunshine with Ken Kesey, undoubtedly. To what extent do you currently explore your own creative expressions? "It seemed the only safe place," she recalls. His life as a fugitive seemed to be taking a toll on him, along with his seemingly unlimited intake of speed. It takes a monumental person to be with them.". What is your perspective on how it has evolved? And now, The Bus was retired. Mountain Girl and Jerry moved into an apartment of their own, and she got pregnant again. Photo: Gene Anthony: 1966 In the course of a few months, some 100,000 young people from all over the world descended on Haight-Ashbury to get high and make love and protest the war. What really happened, Garcia says, is that she marched into a film studio in San Rafael and handed Deborah Koons a one-way ticket back to New York which, Koons Garcia told the press, "Jerry and I cashed it in.". The father of Mountain Girl's baby was now a fugitive. "He was not happy to see me," she says. We had so much fun on that bus. Release Calendar Top 250 Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Movie News India Movie Spotlight. His new book is "Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master: Pong, Atari, and the Dawn of the Video Game.". In her senior year of high school, she got expelled for sneaking into the boys locker room to see their new Nautilus machine. Having it be so intimate and humble is totally cool. "I knew he could pay it and that he would get total control of his own business and that I wouldn't ever have to know anything about anything. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association. At first, in the disorienting wake of the Sixties, she and Jerry had retreated to a secluded home in Stinson Beach, California, where the girls grew up. While life at home was an intellectual paradise, school was quite another matter. "It'll ruin my calluses if I do the dishes,' he told me. "The intellectual challenges of being a part of my family were certainly evenly shared by everybody, regardless of sex. "They were a couple. He left a third of his estate to his wife of three months, Deborah Koons Garcia, but had a herd of creditors in his wake (including Mountain Girl) and the value of his estate in dispute. Along with the stories she told me over hours of interviews, it's a monumental lost chapter of American literature a funny, vivid, heartbreaking account of an indelible time and place, as told by the woman at the center of the wildness. We call them the "bears.' He played to her all night. What other considerations are important to you when selecting a partner? Jerry and Carolyn were married by a Jewish friend who was also a Tibetan monk in a ceremony missed by most of the band members. "Neal basically dropped me off there like fresh meat or something," she says. Her eyes well with tears. ", The trial was "an unexpected development," she says, as she sits in her rural kitchen. Circling back to Jerry, over the past few years, The Days Between [the period between Garcias birth on August 1 and death on August 9] has become a significant event. No money, hardly any clothes, and no real concept of what was coming. Everyone would drink the LSD-spiked Kool-Aid and dance under the kaleidoscopic lights to their very own house band, the newly anointed Grateful Dead. Mountain Girl gave Garcia enough latitude for him to play music, get involved with other women, and eventually, fall into the trap of what she calls "the white drugs" - cocaine and heroin. "The job was to run the mass spectrometer on the night shift," she writes in her memoir. [1] The family had a house in San Rafael, California, as well as a beach house in Stinson Beach, California.[7]. It was cozy enough, and I felt perfectly safe. In 1959, Kesey had been a volunteer in a C.I.A.-sponsored LSD experiment at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Menlo Park. She was living near Stanford, hired by then-department head Carl Djerassi to work the night shift at the mass spectrometer in the university's organic chemistry lab. What the hell just happened? "Jerry decided to spend more time away from the house and in his studio. "I wanted to stay with my Prankster buddies. When it appeared that he would survive, she and the girls moved in with him in San Rafael and for six months, she had the family life she had always wanted. A Hells Angel, she later learned, had stabbed a gun-wielding concertgoer to death at the foot of the stage. When the Summer of Love devolved into a plague of bad drug trips and homeless teenagers, Mountain Girl and Garcia set out to restore new life to the countercultural movement to which they had helped give birth. However out of step she had felt among the kids back home, she now found her place among the generation's leading artists, writers, and radicals: Timothy Leary ("I thought he was kind of an actor he was busy playing a role"), Albert Hoffmann, the chemist who discovered LSD ("a saint and a mystic, and a gay man, just a sweetheart"), Hunter S. Thompson ("an important guy for the country"). Tibetan monks sang in strange, low tones. By then she was five months pregnant. I think I did a pretty good job. The group, she realized, "was his version of the nuthouse. "Jerry and I had our arguments, but it never led to anything good. Menu. "The first time I saw her, she was riding a 175 Honda motorcycle, driving east on La Honda Road. Six months later, Garcia had some dental work and got involved with pain relievers. she says with a big bright grin. One of her father's progenitors was Dr. Samuel Adams, a physician in General Burgoyne's army during the Revolutionary War. The familys latest endeavor, in association with Holistic Industries, is the Garcia Hand Picked cannabis brand, which follows partnerships with Keen footwear and Tessemaes organic sauces. Browse 85 sunshine kesey stock photos and images available, or start a new search to explore more stock photos and images. Her legend leaps off the pages of books, in the annals of the Grateful Dead in her role as Jerry Garcia's consort and then wife for nearly 30 years and in the transcripts of a high profile trial last winter which pitted her against Garcia's widow, Deborah Koons Garcia, in a Marin County courtroom. Joy and excitement; uncertainty and pain. "It's a perilous society if you don't look a certain way," he said. Top editors give you the stories you want delivered right to your inbox each weekday. I had three old couch pillows and my sleeping bag, with a tarp tacked up overhead for the few rain or fog drips that penetrated the treetops. REVIEWS. "She is the real deal.". Caravans of Deadheads turned Jerry and Mountain Girl into godheads. The City of Springfield is installing a two-story, photorealistic painted mural of Ken Kesey downtown on the side of the Odd Fellows Building, current, Renowned author and Merry Prankster Ken Kesey grew up in Springfield. While living together over the next decade, they raised Sunshine along with their two daughters. "But Ken by that time was also aging, not too gracefully, and I don't drink. Kesey was just down the road, but to Mountain Girl he still felt miles away. "Hitchhiked up I-5, pregnant with no money whatsoever, begging cups of coffee off of people." Soon after they coupled up, Mountain Girl moved with the baby into 710 Ashbury, the Dead's commune in the Haight, coincidentally on the day that Tangerine moved out. She just gave Jerry a lot of slack. From the Merry Pranksters to the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia's widow opens up about what the age of free love was really like. "I was totally devastated," she says. It was warm," she recalls. You mentioned your mom [Carolyn Mountain Girl Garcia, one of the original Merry Pranksters]. "I'm the illegitimate love . I would go home and make some orange juice and he'd show back up again, sleep for a couple of days and recharge. We were very, very happy with each other. "I wasn't quite as daredevil as I had been. Be the first to know about the Grateful Dead's exclusive limited-edition releases, breaking news on the band, community events, and so much more. I had f - - - - d up the sample and taken the thing out of commission for a day. "Later MG told me that when she met Jerry," remembers McIntire, "she recognized in him that his music was the stuff of greatness. Sunshine Kesey, daughter of Mountain Girl and Ken Kesey, also recalls Garcia as an extremely laid-back father figure during the years she and her mother lived with him. In 1993, Jerry Garcia asked Mountain Girl for a divorce. Billed as the Trips Festival, the immersive, three-day event would draw more than 10,000 people to revel in the city's underground art scene, from light-show artists and experimental theater troupes to bands like the Dead, which gave its first major performance in San Francisco. We tried to keep the mess to a minimum. We were there for 18 months. "I haven't had another relationship really since then. Instead, he decided to hide it. I am just kind of there to encourage all this stuff to happen. Mountain Girl found the celebrated writer, who was 29, to be dynamic, intelligent, and playful. He put the mojo on me. As the Dead began putting out records and touring, Mountain Girl, who had a child to raise, began feeling the strain. Like any other rock and roller, Jerry Garcia was under tremendous pressure to fool around. "That hating is a quick step away from death - that going through your life being resentful and hateful and nasty about others is going to destroy your life. "He was just the guitar player," she says. I actually call her and harass her about it pretty often. His pedal steel and a chair the only furniture. There are a lot of people like that. Carolyn Elizabeth Garcia (ne Adams; born May 7, 1946), also known as Mountain Girl, is an American Merry Prankster and the former wife of Jerry Garcia, the lead vocalist and guitar player with the American rock band, Grateful Dead . The Dead was scheduled as the final act, but the band never took the stage. Not even when she and Jerry, after two children and 15 years together, got married on New Year's Eve 1981, between sets at the Dead's traditional New Year's show. The gray-haired woman, who bears a striking resemblance to Jerry, is his 45-year-old daughter, Trixie. She has a garden, a greenhouse with a new outdoor shower, a painting/writing studio guest house, a hot tub, an aging BMW convertible and a split-log conservatory Burwell built where she grows redwood trees. Le yaourt gratuit n'a pas dur longtemps.Chuck et Sue Kesey s'attendaient ce qu'environ 5. And Faye, his wife, was struggling with the whole thing. [Laughs.]. By the time she walked into the Dead's kitchen, Mountain Girl had attained iconic status, although it was not her way to pay any attention to it. What the hell just happened? I think I went for a lot of stuff. ", Garcia knew that as Jerry's wife and mother of two of his children, she was entitled to half of his estate under California law. They wrote their one-paragraph separation agreement and went separate ways. Despite the new light in her life, a darkness set in. He did not want to share that information or even have to dig into all that information. "I was no longer in charge of my own destiny.". "Neal basically dropped me off like fresh meat," she recalls. Finances were cleared up. Adams felt, as she puts it, "in a juvenile state of admiration for a good writer, for a famous person who is now taking me into his scene.". Snacks, beer, giveaways! Tags Arts & Culture Springfield ken kesey Sunshine Kesey Road Trip Tiffany Eckert Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. That was my big goal as a child. "Oh, I came from up on the mountain there," she said. Written in red paint, the front bumper proclaimed "CAUTION WEIRD LOAD. Jerry was married with a daughter of his own, but they had moved back to Palo Alto without him. A few of her friends acknowledge the incident as rumor but refuse to verify it as fact). As Wolfe first described her, she was: "A tall girl, big and beautiful with dark brown hair falling down to her shoulders except that the lower two-thirds of her falling hair looks like a paint brush dipped in cadmium yellow from where she dyed it blond in Mexico.". "It's the thing that runs through all of this history. "I wanted to stay on the bus," she says. But, she emphasizes, the gestalt of the Dead, that the whole was so much greater than the parts, kept her a believer. "We mustered the instruments up on the roof thinking to lead a parade to the Cow Palace. But part of it was MG and the family and wanting to embrace that. "I was devastated," she says. So we found some awesome partners. Our writers provide thought-provoking perspectives, informed by analysis, reporting, and expertise. "It was not a fun trip, let's put it that way." But she embraced it nonetheless. Jerry didn't really do a lot of maintenance. The bassist Phil Lesh considered Mountain Girl "the Prankster Queen," as he wrote in his memoir. Mountain Girl's girlfriends had an idea where he was - living with Deborah Koons, a filmmaker he'd met at a concert in New York in 1973 with whom he'd stayed in contact. So I will say that sampling the product is a huge perk of the gig for me. Back when she was riding with the Hells Angels and tripping with the Dead, she was a teenager coming of age at a moment the whole world seemed to be coming apart. It never happened. He loved to work. If you were stupid, she'd tell you so. Because Jerry and I honorably tried to do a deal that covered everything, that made me happy. "Yes," admits Carolyn Garcia. "It was awful," Mountain Girl says. Before I leave Kesey's farm, Mountain Girl and I walk outside to the old brown barn where Furthur now rests. By clicking Sign up, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider It was a form of synesthesia: little notes with different little cartoon beings, each with its own personality. I understood men at that point." Compared to what the fans know and want to cultivate, Im no expert. Carolyn Elizabeth Garcia (ne Adams; born May 7, 1946), also known as Mountain Girl, is an American Merry Prankster and the former wife of Jerry Garcia, the lead vocalist and guitar player with the American rock band, Grateful Dead. "We didn't have the education that modern America has now to help us talk about our roles. "They gave you enough so that you were transported to the geometrical universe where everything was in squares and triangles," she says. But as the Dead began putting out records, Garcia spent most of the time on tour. She affected black turtlenecked sweaters and carried books of poetry. It was like, Eww, thats folk art, what are you doing? But now theres a whole scene and a ton of people who are into it, and I think its beautiful. ", She and Kesey were "mutually attracted." Again, it was time to extricate herself and rescue her children. Before the lawyer finally disappeared, Mountain Girl shooed him off her front porch with a small child's broom, smacking him over the head. "I was jealous of the freedom the boys seemed to have and I was always angling for another little slice of freedom. I believe growers are artists and they need good management. "God knows what Jerry was doing when they were out on the road," she says. His pedal steel and a chair the only furniture. No Result . ", One day, when she was up in San Francisco, her attorney got a call. ", Jerry never said a word, said Mountain Girl. "I accepted the position without really asking what it would be, because it was in a lab and I felt at home there. She was still dropping acid before the shows, albeit in smaller doses. ", But she "wasn't happy about the (female stuff). Nothing Lasts didn't last. It is to Pleasant Hill that Carolyn Garcia retreated many years ago, during her nearly three decade liaison and marriage to Jerry Garcia - the totemic Captain Trips, guitar-genius/linchpin of the Grateful Dead - when the druggy Deadhead scene got too weird and dangerous. A few days later, Adams rode her white Honda 50 back to La Honda for Kesey's party, where she accepted his holy sacrament: LSD. My relationship with him had to do more with intellectual companionship rather than a physical relationship, which was really brief. It sounds like all of these endeavors require a balance between your free-spirited nature and a need to focus on business matters. The Oregon connection centered her and gave her the strength to go on. The free concert, scheduled for December 6, 1969, at the Altamont Speedway in Northern California, would include performances by the Dead, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and the Rolling Stones. "She didn't move into another woman's house," says Tangerine. But who is this woman who attracted Ken Kesey and Jerry Garcia, two of the most powerful influences on the popular culture in the past three decades? The. With bright blue eyes, blond curly hair, and a wrestler's build, the famous young novelist glowed with authority and mischief. "I was mind-boggled and yet, there it was, happening inside my head." "She's a person possessed of spirit and weight, will and energy," says Jon McIntire, the Dead's manager from 1968 to 1990. This is absolute magic, she thought. "He was kind of a wreck. I went to the San Francisco Art Institute because my dad had a history there, and I was kind of looking for direction when I was younger. So Garcias Hand Picked means that we are actually in there tasting and trying these products. Kesey seemed weary, a cruise director at the end of a long and tiring voyage. A buxom, big-boned woman wearing green velvet pull-on pants, a shapeless black wool sweater and a voluminously floppy, long black coat, Mountain Girl is a force of nature - difficult to ignore when she's under sail. "I wasn't a hundred percent Ken's girlfriend," she says. The name stuck. Although Garcia and Adams reconciled after the dissolution of his relationship with Koons in 1977, they stopped cohabiting a year later (save for occasional holiday reunions) due to the guitarist's heroin and cocaine addictions. Mountain Girl believes he was still suffering from the trauma of seeing his father, Joe, drown on a fishing trip when he was 6. She and Garcia lived off his $50 a week in gig money. I'll go through with my heels at your hungry ribs.". "The price is very high and the price is personal relationships and time away from the family.". I feel like we still have a relationship with the fans and are able to deliver things that delight and encourage more good vibes. MG cherished the quiet moments with Jerry in their room, nursing Sunshine in bed as he noodled her favorite tune, "Viola Lee Blues," on his guitar. ", Cassady's car actually belonged to Kesey, who was living with his Prankster band up at La Honda in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She saw Joan Baez at Kepler's, a local bookstore, and started taking guitar lessons at Dana Morgan's Music Store. I wanted to get it right. By clicking Sign up, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider She was born on February 2, 1970 Annabelle is a member of the Garcia Family LLC, of which she has been active from 2009 to date, and the company's goal is to do the best for Annabelle's father's music and visions.She has an older half-sister by the name of Sunshine Kesey, who was born in 1966 Annabelle Garcia's family, husband and children Kesey had just been sentenced to six months on a work farm for marijuana possession, and the Pranksters were two days away from staging their biggest Acid Test yet. The real story of Mountain Girl, as I've learned after months of talking to her, is far more complex. That would have been a sin. "Ooh man," she told him, "there's something. "They were talking about chord progressions and all this interesting stuff.". He is her "handmaiden.' "The weight thing wasn't that simple. But now that she'd fallen in love with Garcia, Kesey seemed to realize what he'd lost. The tiny sink was a hazard zone. But as Garcia's addiction worsened, Mountain Girl took their daughters and moved to a farm in Oregon, where some of the other Pranksters had moved. Carolyn Adams is very proud of her family history. Mom escaped. "I was totally devastated," says Carolyn, now 76. The Man Share Music Video for Dummy, Outline New LP, Joe Louis Walker: Scaling The Electric Fence. It was a form of synesthesia: little notes with different little cartoon beings, each with its own personality. Koons Garcia and Weir took a portion of Garcia's ashes to India two weeks ago and spread them . But after spending a night in jail, she soon had another reason to weep. In 1980, on New Year's Eve, they got married by a Buddhist monk backstage at a Dead concert. Adams was 19, dark-haired, big-eyed, and broken-hearted, consoling herself over a double espresso and ice cream after her boyfriend had abruptly split town. "The band got to be very big and very much the nexus and focus of hundreds and thousands of people. Movies. Thats also important. But his antic exit was no joke to the broke, homeless, pregnant teenager he had unceremoniously left behind. Why, I take four or five to go to sleep!". The engine had been cannibalized for parts for Furthur II, the "new bus" that Kesey was taking on what fellow Prankster Kenneth Babbs was calling the Grand Furthur Tour to the Rock and Roll Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. "You could tell the number of people was way exceeding the ability of anybody to deal with it." Can you talk about that challenge? The seeds of hippiedom - question authority, love the one you're with, share and share alike - were fueled by marijuana and psychedelics and accompanied by the twang of guitars and banjos. Part of that was the elasticity of the relationship and how it could adapt to stuff. After so many years of struggling to fit in back in New York, she had finally found a place where she could be whoever she wanted. "Well," she asked him, "what are we going to do?". Ken Kesey's girlfriend Mountain Girl holds her baby daughter Sunshine. The intellectual climate at Kesey's was free of academic constraints," remembers Carolyn Garcia. But I was a little envious of the glamour queens, you know. Jerry Garcia exclaimed. "I had never heard any of that before," she says. Looking back on it, Adams realized that Cassady was handing her over to the Chief, along with the drugs. She and Jerry lived off his $50 a week in gig money. she recalls with a laugh. The others quickly took note of this dynamic new girl in their midst. A month after the Grateful Dead's summer 1995 tour concluded, Garcia died at a rehabilitation facility in August 1995. "Just about nothing. The personal relationships within the band and their own personal relationships shattered under tremendous pressure. 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