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Jerry Younkins

Although it's extremely rare for me to produce artwork in conjunction with another artist, I've recently added a new member (at least temporarily) to my lightshow: Jerry Younkins.

Jerry Younkins is a man who doesn't like to live in the past. Although he's done many, many things which I find to be very interesting, I mostly find out about them from outside sources and then have him grudgingly confirm them. He's done so many things of interest that I wouldn't even know where to start. Do I tell you that he used to date Janis Joplin, and that they lived together? Do I tell you that he's done lightshows for everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Alice Cooper? Do I tell you that he's done posters for the likes of The Moody Blues and Jefferson Airplane? Do I tell you that he's performed his poetry with the likes of John Sinclair and The MC5? Do I tell you that he's published at least three books and two movies that I know of, and that he also starred in both movies? And on, and on, and on. As I said, I wouldn't know where to start. To me, personally, one of the interesting things about Jerry is that he knew my favorite artist, Rick Griffin - not to mention Carl Lundgren, Stanley "Mouse" Miller, and others.

Writing Jerry's biography, even just the highlights, would take much longer than I have right now, but since he and I are working together on a lightshow, let me briefly summarize some of those highlights. Jerry founded The Magic Veil lightshow and co-founded The High Society lightshow. A short list of some of the performers he's provided lighting for includes: Blue Cheer, Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, Ted Nugent, Procul Harum, Soft Machine, Sun Ra, and Vanilla Fudge, among others.

Here are just a few samples of artwork by and about Jerry. "AOR" stands for the book The Art of Rock by Paul Grushkin, and "RG" stands for the Russ Gibb numbered poster series.

More to come later!

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