Tim Buckley Story
was 1966 and my friend Cecily and I decided, that instead
of being nerdy doofuses, we were gonna be hippies, because
we read about it in the San Francisco Chronicle. So we got
sandals and clothes and stuff, and we were hippies.
one our school was hippies except for us. So we had to get
the right music, and we didn't have any sources to tell us
what was cool or anything, there was nothing that they played
on the radio. So we decided we were just gonna go to the store;
the record store still had those little booths where you could
listen to the records and stuff, and we each going to pick
out one record based purely on the cover.
So she picked out
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's Freak Out,
and I got the first Tim Buckley album, just called Tim Buckley,
and we really liked them both. We were just thrilled with our
they were having this festival, this music festival up on
Mount Tamalpais, and all these acts were gonna be there, like
were supposed to show up but I don't think they ever played.
Sons of Champlain, Tim Buckley, Jefferson Airplane, Captain
Beefheart; it was the Magic Mountain Music Festival.
Hell's Angels had it all kind of blocked-in, whatever that
amphitheatre up there is called; that Greek theatre up on
Mount Tamalpais. They had Hell's Angels on bikes blocking
the road off. You had to take special shuttle buses to go
up there, so anyway we went up there and there weren't that
many people there.
had a small stage, and we see Tim Buckley backstage, and we
just wander over there and say "Hey, we're really big
fans!" (laughter) We were totally into Tim Buckley. I
made him a special bead necklace, and I see Tim Buckley and
give him my special bead necklace, and Cecily takes the picture.
then we were like (laughter) totally jazzed! And then the
next album he puts out; which is the one where he's got like
the bottle cap in his eye? "Goodbye and Hello"?
He's wearing the necklace that I gave him at the festival!
(laughter) I was even more stoked!
story first appeared in Issue #1 of Dream
Hulet Gicker has remained a necklace maker.
Her jewelry designs can be seen on her website
best friend Cecily Watson and I (were) in high school
when we went to the Magic Mountain Music Festival where
we saw Tim and gave him the necklace, so that was a pretty
early piece. It is funny I'm still string beads more than
forty years later!"