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Robbie Dupree, Another detail you might be interested in is that when Zappa was playing the Garrick, the Marquee simply read “MOTHERS ABSOLUTELY FREE”. I think it had something to do with the name of their then current album.
Anyway, I never had so much fun in my life as being in the Village during those times.
Hey Robbie Dupree, I can’t believe anyone wants to know this stuff. I was working in a light show from Seattle. We were downstairs from the Garrick in the Cafe Au Go-Go working with Country Joe and the Fish. Zappa came in and hired us on the spot.
When Joe finished his gig we went upstairs and spent 3 weekdays setting up our screens and equipment. Pretty funny, but he fired us after the first night. He said we took too much attention off the band. We took it as a compliment and moved on. I forget exactly what year it was, but I believe it was the summer of the first Woodstock festival.