Robert Kenneth Beausoleil, AKA Bobby BeauSoleil, was born on
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
Just prior to his eighteenth birthday, BeauSoleil joined the artist community in the
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
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
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
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
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.