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20 April 2014
Inmates & Elevators
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Lest I forget, just a note to mention that I was contacted recently by a Californian who had come across one of my 13th Floor Elevators pages when researching his old '60s band. Here's what he (John R.) wrote:

I was the singer for "The Inmates" (later named "Sky") and I saw on your site a shot of the poster of "The Elevators" gig on September 30 1966 at the San Bruno Armory. We opened for them that night and I've been trying to find that poster along with a couple others - Moby Grape at Kings Beach Bowl September 2 1967 and The Grassroots at The Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz in '67 or '68. We were high school kids and pretty thrilled to be playing with those cats.

Due to their appearance on one of the most coveted Elevators posters (see image here), the Inmates have secured a place for themselves in underground rock history for the foreseeable future. Ínformation about the supporting bands has a certain contextual value, and in the case of San Bruno nothing has been known previously about the Inmates or the other local band listed, the Westminster V.

I felt that their story was worth preserving at a more suitable spot than the Acid Archives blog and forwarded it to my colleague Chris at the great Garage Hangover site, where the Inmates should fit right in. I'll add a link to the piece once it's up. One very cool detail I must share right away is the fact that the Inmates actually played "You're Gonna Miss Me" as part of their standard set list!

Thanks John R for getting in touch, and keep an eye out for more on the Inmates, and maybe a bit on other local bands too.  


Posted by Patrick at Lysergia at 23:46 MEST
Updated: 20 April 2014 23:48 MEST
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