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The Unknown Museum

Mickey McGowen's
The Unknown Museum

 

 

Almost famous 'The Unknown Museum' has been featured on 'Bay Area Backroads' and written about extensively in museum and art world literature. 'Art in America', a guide for museum affectionadoes reviews The Unknown Museum from the sunny side of the street. Mickey McGowen creates fascinating sets and provides shows for nightclubs, studios and galleries. S. F. MOMA show featured a delightful video trilogy that won excellent response from the critics. This unusual museum, with something for everyone, a treasure trove of past, present and future memories entertained (The Marin Messenger reports) 'families, tourists, artists and literary people, hip teens from the Haight & South America and busloads of seniors.'


 

 

George Harrison

 

 

Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame
Official Site

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

 

 

CG Effects
affect how we see things: view THE DA VINCI CODE - Castle Gandolfo
Matte painting extention and augmentation of a location in the UK to resemble Castle Gandolfo.
Roslyn Chapel - CG Roslyn Chapel, composited into live action plate.

Unknown 60s Batcave Diagram
Women of Gotham

Harmony: a new way of looking at our world
Gardens transformed in the UK

 

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The Beat Goes On

Celestial Homework

Specialized Reading List for "Literary History of the Beat Generation," a course taught by
Allen Ginsberg at Naropa Institute during the summer of 1977.
Inc Neil Cassady The First Third,
Jean Cocteau and Cocteau - Beauty and the Beast, Jack Kerouac, and Gary Snyder

Check Kenneth Patchen,
and Star Menu page for
Cassady and Kerouac

 


SHRMX
It's All In The Sauce

 

 

Mickey McGowen
The Interview

On the subject of most memorable moments of 60s life

DKD: There was a TV show asking people where they were when Sgt. Pepperís was released by The Beatles; Peter Fonda said he went to a happening on Sunset Strip and it didnít make the headlines when about 100 people were arrested. Were you around then?

McGOWEN: Thatís where I was. Fonda was really concerned about that. They suppressed everything. They didnít have time for the Beatles in L.A. - it was more an artistic movement. Iím not saying this because Iím from L.A., but in retrospect I donít feel Iím from anywhere but the planet Earth.

It was pretty wild down there. Iím just observing things as any artist should do. Thatís our job in society - our ROLE in society. Jobs imply payment usually. L.A. is always sort of an underdog - its not a place (with the smog) where the lifestyle/culture is recognized for artists who have contributed a great deal to world-wide culture throughout America, Japan and Europe- whether it be for fashion, music, etc.

Of course San Francisco contributed a lot. But L.A. contributed The Birds, The Doors. The people down there, the surfers (what they wore because it was so warm down there) should be getting credit definitely for musical invention indeed. The surfing dances and the hot rod bands, all from L.A., and The Beach Boys, where were often at the A & W on Hawthorne. They werenít really surfers though. They were car type guys.

They were very inventive too. When you mention surf groups I usually think of the instrumentalists: The Sentinels, Duane Eddy and the Ventures really pioneered the sound ~ the surf punks. But all that, the surf culture, car low riding cultures, that was all from L.A. - Gardena. All that emanated from there I think."

DKD: What happened to all those 45s you had out on display?

McGOWEN: This museum has huge musical archives which you can't see - 10,000 plus record albums in this house alone. They're a big part of the collection. I wish one day... you can see I'm a bit tight here for space... I hope one day to have a separate music room, a library people will come to use. I have many tapes in progress (several tapes played in the background as atmosphere-function and insulation for quiet needed to record the interview) while we spoke and camcorded. Sounds of the great evening ocean mixed with graceful waltz music ~~ many emotions surfaced as we combed through each of the rooms packed with strategically placed items that composed the displays.

DKD: Do you agree with Alan Watts suggesting people should be able to completely disengage from the past and start from the moment?


The Girl's Room upstairs, taped organ music
The Unknown Museum

McGOWEN: There are also people who live in the present, accepting the fact that they have lived a life, as I have. Iíd be a fool to ignore the 42 years Iíve lived and all that Iíve learned. To deny the past would be foolish it seems to me, because itís what youíve lived Ė you canít change it. You should accept what lessons youíve learned and whatís gone on, and of course, look to the future. Youíve mentioned the past and the future, but of course, the key is the present. From an astrological point of view, itís fun to observe the future Ė with star arrangements and so forth, yes, thatís another story all together. See also The Zone

But as we sit here in this room now we have to think of the present, whatís happening. But weíre effected by the past and consequently weíre going to effect the future. The way I approach the past is: a lot of things in here are old, yes, and some of them are very recent Ė I donít put a date on anything. I put what can be learned from a thing (as significant)Ö There are people sitting in churches to John Coltrane; you can sit in a church to the (points to Beaver Cleaver images) Beaver character. This past thing is very intriguing to me, very intriguing BECAUSE I find people that ignore the past, possibly have a bad upbringing, memories they want to forget, or they canít get over the bad things that have occurred in their lives and they choose to ignore it. Thatís what I usually find. The past is a great teacher. A lot of people who come here save things. This is a very assaulting place -- I mean it to be that way in case youíre wondering. I donít mean this to be just a bed of roses here Ė you should be shook up when you come here Ė you should walk out of here shook up a little bit.

DKD: Iím shook up looking at the Salvador Dali art formsÖ

McGOWEN: Not everybody can do a Salvador Dali. Heís one of the all time greats. His creativity level is the same as his IQ Ė his fashion, his jewelry, everything Ė his lifestyle. I like to think that the past is a fortune teller for the future. People are so quick to write off the past and render it useless. Thatís shallow. I think the past is a great teacher Ė these are our teachers right here ~ Fred Flintstone taught a lot of people. Mr. Spock has certainly taught many and still does, in re-runs. Is he a past character, or a present character or a future character? Itís hard to sayÖ for sure.

The interview with Mickey McGowen appears in its entirety in, AURAS AND ALCHEMY III, from The West Coast Magazine. Also, examples of aura interpretations, star charts and the paranormal. Order this book for your sixties library & your esoteric research!

 

10 Forward Star Trek galley, Indiana Jones Menu, Innholders' Company,
Jupiter Table, magic spice, Mercury Table, Oracle's Lab,
smoothie, star inn -Star Wars, tangerine, vittles

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