Thursday, January 12, 2006

Bobby's Biography as Listed at the Gallery


Robert Kenneth Beausoleil, AKA Bobby BeauSoleil, was born on November 6, 1947, in the California beach town of Santa Barbara. The oldest of five children in a Catholic family of modest income, BeauSoleil’s boyhood was relatively unremarkable, merely a function of growing up in a tract house his father had purchased on the G.I. Bill. From an early age he chafed at the artificial restraints imposed on him by the pervasive homogenized reality touted on his family’s black and white television as the lifestyle to aspire to in the modern world of the 1950s, and he couldn’t wait for legal age to be out of it and on his own. Shunning the surfer scene of his hometown peers, he turned his attention to hot rods and electric guitars. These interests eventually took him to “the strip” in Hollywood, California, where in 1964, at the age of 16, he became a colorful and familiar feature of the emerging youth subculture.

Plying his developing talents as a guitarist through several garage band experiments better left forgotten, BeauSoleil landed a position as second guitar in Arthur Lee’s new band, The Grass Roots – a band that a short time later would become widely known as Love. His membership in the group was short-lived, however; he was fired because he was too young to play legally in adults-only nightclubs. Crushed but undaunted; BeauSoleil licked his wounds, dusted himself off, and left Los Angeles for parts north.

Just prior to his eighteenth birthday, BeauSoleil joined the artist community in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, he formed a band of his own, an instrumental ensemble called The Orkustra, notable for its unprecedented blend of psychedelic rock, classical, jazz, and middle eastern music styles. BeauSoleil gigged regularly with The Orkustra for about a year and a half when, in the spring of 1067, he was discovered by underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger while performing with his band at the opening of a particularly bacchanalian counter-culture festival called The Invisible Circus. Anger, taken by BeauSoleil’s striking looks and uninhibited stage performance, asked the young musician if he would be willing to star in his current project, an epic underground film with the foreboding title of Lucifer Rising (but actually a fanciful interpretive continuation of poet John Milton’s myth of the fallen angel). BeauSoleil agreed, on the condition that he would composed the score and record the soundtrack for the film with his band. A bargain was struck.

For months, BeauSoleil and Anger worked on the film project, for the most part independently. To perform the soundtrack, BeauSoleil formed a new band he called The Magick Powerhouse of OZ, an eclectic ensemble that combined experimental free jazz with bluesy rock and amplifier feedback. For the band’s first performance, Anger and BeauSoleil joined forces to put on an event at the Straight Theater called, by Anger, The Equinox of the Gods. When the event (while memorable to the audience) did not go as planned, Anger and BeauSoleil each blamed the other for what had gone awry. The collaboration could not be reconciled, and the two parted company with harsh feelings.

Following the mock-funeral for the Haight-Ashbury staged by guerilla theater activists in the fall of 1967, BeauSoleil returned to the greater Los Angeles area, where he half-heartedly rejoined the L.A. music scene as a guitarist for hire. A couple of months later he was called upon to play supporting guitar for singer-songwriter Charles Manson, and thereafter joined Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) and others in efforts to help Manson record an album of his songs.

It was around this time that BeauSoleil, now twenty years old, became increasingly disgusted with the corporate music companies who had kept a stranglehold on the music business, the coopting of youth culture art and dress styles by commercial advertising and the fashion industry, and the insidious encroachment of organized crime in the hippie drug trade. The violent backlash of government and law enforcement in response to the perceived threat of the youth movement, along with the looming probability of his being drafted into military service to help press the war in Vietnam, prompted BeauSoleil to retreat to the peripheries. He began to associate more with outlaw motorcycle clubs, who he romanticized, and others, like Manson, who lived on the outskirts of what was considered normal, acceptable society. Disenchanted with the counter-culture and disenfranchised from the mainstream, BeauSoleil began to adopt some values that led him astray into criminal activities.

During the commission of an absurdly misconceived drugs transaction, things went terribly wrong, and BeauSoleil killed a man. He was arrested soon afterward, tried in a Los Angeles County courtroom, and sent to prison with a life sentence for one count of murder in the first degree. Ever since, his former association with the since notorious Charles Manson has dogged his heels like a starving wounded hyena, and consequently, he remains in prison more than 35 years later.

BeauSoleil’s tragic fate could not still his rebellious creative spirit. While in prison he has, by turns, and despite tremendous obstacles and restrictions, taken up the visual arts, started music programs and formed bands, taught himself electronics, invented and built innovative musical instruments, composed and recorded an impressive body of original music, produced numerous videos in support of youth outreach programs and cognitive programs for prison inmates (in cooperation with community efforts to reduce crime and recidivism), and is the author of a modest assortment of creative writing projects, some of them ongoing.

In 1976, while at the state prison in Tracy, California, BeauSoleil resumed his earlier collaboration with Kenneth Anger, nearly ten years after their parting of ways in San Francisco. The filmmaker had shot new film for his Lucifer Rising project. BeauSoleil believed that the soundtrack was still his to do; Anger agreed. With permission from prison authorities, BeauSoleil formed a band of musically inclined prison inmates and called it The Freedom Orchestra, assemble a make-shift recording studio, and in 1979 he finally completed his soundtrack for the now legendary film. In the decades since it was recorded, this soundtrack, both in context with the film and independent of it, has garnered increasing international acclaim for its emotive and visionary experience. Lucifer Rising, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, is now available worldwide in a double CD Deluxe Edition from Arcanum Entertainment.

BeauSoleil married Barbara Ellen Baston – a talented artist, an advocate for goddesses everywhere, and all-around creative soul in her own right – in late 1981. Over the course of the 23 years since then their relationship has evolved into a sort of sacred partnership that transcends convention. It is through the window Barbara has opened that Bobby BeauSoleil and his work becomes accessible to the world at large, and for the most part is how he is able to have some access to the world. Between them, Bobby and Barbara have four children and a growing number of grandchildren, and an unshakable belief that one day they will abide together in the home Barbara has made for them.

In 1994, BeauSoleil was again allowed some limited opportunities to record some of his music, and this time, with the support of some musical industry sponsors, he was able to make recordings using much more sophisticated equipment than at any time previously. Over the subsequent 8 years he composed and recorded, as a solo performer, a total of about 3 hours new music. The most stylistically representative of these recording have been compiled for a new double CD entitled Dreamways of the Mystic, to be released on the Arcanum Entertainment label in March, 2005.

After opportunities to record his music again dried up in 2002, BeauSoleil turned his focus to other creative projects. After a ten year hiatus from drawing and painting, he began work on a new series of paintings intended as a visual counterpoint to the music in the Dreamways of the Mystic CD package. This entire series of paintings will be on exposition at Clair Obscur Gallery in Hollywood, California, in a show opening March 3, 2005, coinciding with the release of the CD.

When this series of paintings is complete, BeauSoleil intends to resume working on a book he began writing last year, to be entitled The Family Jam.

43 comments:

meatpile said...

I'm glad he's doing well in prison, and he's served a long time for a drug deal gone bad.

But that bio still makes him seem like the victim. I cant blame the gallery owner - it's probably easier to market the work of a convicted (and admitted) murderer by victimizing him.

Does he have this attitude about himself?

Again - I would be OK with his release. But I think he has to be an extra special good inmate to get released ( I don't think he ever will ). And I think framing himself as a victim ain't helping his cause.

I also think that - while talented - the biggest reason he has a display is his infamy.

ColScott said...

I really don't know.... as a boy he swung both ways- and as a boy he was very handsome.... in our last call he was VERY bitter.

I'm actually worried about him.

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Heaven said...

Col, I don't think that's Denise. Someone has created ID's to make it look like us...

Denise said...

some loser has to use my name, because they have no substance in themselves.

not that I wouldn't want to have coffee with ya LOL.

Denise

meatpile said...

I'm not really meatpile.

Mussenden said...

If I'm not mistaken, I think Col can check IP's...it sure as hell wasn't me that posted that lesbo crap.

Heaven said...

I don't think he can, I have a friend who has a blog and she said you can't track IP's. But even if you could, she didn't know of a way to block them.

I don't care if someone wants to disagree with me or they just don't like my opinion. But why hide? They should grow a spine and step up to the plate. Only a coward hides.

Mussenden said...

I saw those posts last night and immediately knew they were bogus posts. Hopefully the Col will check this thread and let us know if he can check IP's. Mine is static (cable connection), it doesn't change.

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Heaven said...

LOL... Nice thought isn't it lol

Col has assured me that he'll delete the bogus posts when he sees them, so whoever they are, they're wasting all that time they seem to have on their hands.

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Denise said...

Hey mussenden, get a life and stop posting under my name.

Dr. Frances said...
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Heaven said...

Another Denise wanna be..

Yes, cable IP's do change.. I'm using cable too...

Denise said...

If you click on the Denise comment, you can see "Denise Greek Blog", and "Mussenden".

I am flattered....

LizAndErin said...
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Heaven said...

Apparently whoever it is hasn't figured out yet that you created your ID in July. They just created their ID about 5 minutes ago....

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Denise said...

some people are just born losers I guess.

Yes, cuz when I clicked on the denise imposter it showed mussenden's name.

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Heaven said...

Well, that kinda gives it all away now doesn't it...

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Bren said...

It is one thing to claim the name Denise, and another to put Denise's full name.
Bren

Heaven said...

Well Denise, I don't know about you but I won't change my opinions just because someone wants to act like a 12 year old..

Denise said...

Well, unfortunately, if you see a post from "me" please check to see when the Bio was created. As Heaven said, mine was created in July.

What? What was that sound? I believe that was all your credibility flying right out the window Mussenden.

Heaven said...

Since I just created my ID yesterday, you'll have to go by my blog name to know it's me...

=)

The one and only Heaven
Accept no substitutes!

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Heaven said...

I think "he" is actually a "she"..

They're just jealous cause Denise and I won't them em watch LOL

=)

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Heaven said...

Maybe that explains all the fascination with lesbians...

I don't understand the need to create so many ID's just because Denise and I don't feel the need to call Debra hateful names. Why not just disagree with us with her own ID?

Heaven said...

Does your own ID make you uncomfortable, loser?

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Heaven said...

I gutta go too..

Thanks hon..

=)

Mussenden said...

I called the cable company and they told me that even though i'm using a cable internet service that my IP is random and changes every time i access a website.

Well considering that I DIDN'T WRITE THE ABOVE POST, there obviously is a lot of game-playing going on here. Also, my blog isn't called "mussendenxp1." It's obviously one of you twats having fun. Carry on with your foolishness. :)

nellieoleson said...

heaven u should ask denise about me we are in a group together

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Heaven said...

Sieben,

That wasn't mussenden, it's yet another imposter.

Until this stops, I won't be posting over here.

If you like, come on over to KTS. We can talk over there without all this childishness.

=)

Dok said...

Heaven, Don't stop posting, that's what they want. Both you and Denise have strong and informed opinions and it would be a shame to lose that to the ignorant comments. Please reconsider.

Heaven said...

Col did some house cleaning, so I'll be sticking around....

=)

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Elmer Fudd said...

there's that wascally wabbitt again...commere wabbitt...got some yummy cawwots with your name on them...NELLIE OLSON WABITT...hehhehhehhehheh....Elmer Fudd