00individual is stoked to present the interior designs of Gene O’Brien for all of you Rockers and Hippie Psychonaut Counter-Culturists to enjoy. There’s a universe of culture and history on display as well as the cool vibe that vicariously oozes from the photos. Sit back, groove, and soak up the psychedelic goodness as Gene tells it like it is, once was, and for him, still is:
The passage of time, the influences of conservative society and alas, the frailty of remembrance, all conspire to arrest the value of our memories. For those of us who lived through and embraced the 1960’s counterculture, memories are most of what we have left. Sometimes the smallest thing, a color, a scent, the sound of laughter, can spark a connection to what once was a magical time. This is true of any past experience but the 60’s were so unique that some things can never be repeated. Music will never be the same, art, fashion, the creative spirit, even personalities, were born of a collective consciousness that was unique. We have to intentionally find ways to tag our memories and document our experiences or they will be stripped of their authenticity if our history falls into the hands of revisionist dilettantes.
Over the years I strived to create a place that not only tributes the music, art and lifestyle of the counterculture, but is genuine. I wanted to create a place that was more than nostalgic, a room that provides an experience which will transmogrify in a definite and tangible way. It’s taken me more than 20 years to collect, arrange and mount the ephemera, relics, and art that can be found in my garage. Each piece serves as a fragment of time which celebrates the counterculture, triggers flashbacks, and collectively, has an effect that only a time machine could surpass.
Walk through the room and hours can be lost in the cascade of memories that each piece of art, photo, and album cover restarts. As the memories return a feeling of joy wells up and for the time spent there the room becomes a place where youth is rejuvenated. Memories of getting stoned and looking at the inside cover of a favorite album while listening to the record play? No part of the album’s artwork was left unviewed and the experience could be repeated with the next album. Multiply that experience by a thousand and you’ll have some idea what it’s like to spend time in this room.
Most pieces were selected because they could be found in nearly every place where freaks would congregate. Every album on my wall could be found among the albums collected by people who lived through the music. Posters hang on the walls from the Fillmore concert halls which were created by artists who had the unique ability to translate the psychedelic experience and share it in glorious color. Photos can be viewed of people who had personalities that were so unique to the time period, they could not exist during any other era. Even the blue color of the door was selected because it is reminiscent of the back and stage doors in Greenwich Village coffee houses.
Let It Bleed – Russell, Stone Alone – Wyman, Old Gods Almost Dead – Davis, Exile On
Main Street – Greenfield, You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Cutler, Wild Tales – Nash, Crosby, Stills & Nash – Diltz, Long Time Gone – Crosby, 4 Way Street – Zimmer, Hendrix – McDermott/Kramer, Roomful of Mirrors – Cross, Jimi Hendrix – Black, Riders On The Storm – Densmore, No One Here Gets Out alive – Hopkins/Sugerman, Donovan – Leitch, They Can’t Hide Us Anymore – Havens, Chronicles 1 – Dylan, Hotel California – Hoskins (not a book about the Eagles), Eight Miles High – Unterberger, The Haight Asbury: A History – Perry, Interviews With Icons – Law, Psychedelic Trips for The Mind – Krassner, Rock Encyclopedia – Roxon, With The Beatles – Lapham, Revolution: The Making Of The Beatles White Album – Quantick, The Lost Interviews – Giuliano, Magical Mystery Tour – Bramwell, 1959 The Year Everything Changed – Kaplan, 1968 The Year That Rocked The World – Kurlansky, 1968 In America – Kaiser, 1968 A Student Generation In Revolt – Brasser, The Movement And The Sixties – Anderson, The Sixties: Years Of Hope/Days Of Rage – Gitlin, the Sixties Papers – Albert, Tripping – Hayes, The Psychedelic Reader – Metzner/Weil, Flashbacks – Leary, Timothy Leary: A biography – Greenfield, The Harvard Psychedelic Club – Latin, Acid Dreams – Lee/Shalin, The Varieties Of Psychadelic Experiences – Houston, Summer Of Love – Selvin, Laurel Canyon – Walker, Guitar Army – Sinclair, Fire And Rain – Browne
All Things Must Pass, Here We Go Again – Country Joe & The Fish, Between The Buttons, Magical Mystery Tour, Blows Against The Empire, Axis Bold As Love, Layla & Other Love Songs, Stand Up – Jethro Tull, Revolver, Super Session – Bloomfield, Kooper, Stills, Happy Trails – Quicksilver, It’s a Beautiful Day, The Great American Eagle Tragedy – Earth Opera, Time Has Come Today – The Chambers Bros, Blind Faith, Sunshine Superman – Donovan, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper, Their Satanic Majesties…, Disraeli Gears, Traffic 2, Days Of Future Past, Electric Ladyland, Working Man’s Dead, CSN&Y Deja vu, Abraxas, Wheels Of Fire, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Mr. Fantasy – Traffic, What About Me – Quicksilver, Alone Together – Dave Mason, Led Zeppelin III, John Barleycorn, In The Court Of The Crimson King, In Search Of The Lost Chord, Are You Experienced, Beggars Banquet, The Doors, Retrospective – Buffalo Springfield, Turning Point – John Mayall, Moby Grape ‘69, Cheap Thrills – Big Brother & The Holding Company, Santana, The Twain Shall Meet – Eric Burdon & The Animals, Yellow Submarine, Abby Road, Parsley, Sage Rosemary & Thyme, If I Could Only Remember My Name – David Crosby, To Our Children’s Children’s Children, On The Threshold Of A Dream, Mixed Bag – Richie Havens, Led Zep 1
I stayed away from tacky, modern day collectibles and adhered to a vow that everything in the room be as genuine as reasonably possible. One modern convenience can be found in the room – there are over 3,000 songs on my iPod, almost all of them from the 1960’s. The convenience was too great to ignore, but at least the iPod is played through a tube amp!
For me, this room is food for my soul. It’s more than a garage filled with evocative memorabilia – nostalgia would be like a flashback – this room offers a full blown acid trip!
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