Tuesday, 23 October 2012


You've gotta read this.  At the sodelicious site someone asked the vital question - "if your favourite artist was a sandwich what would that sandwich be like?"  It's absolutely amazing what people consider a "nagging question". 

Here's a sample of the post:

This is one of those questions that has been nagging me for years…what if bands were sandwiches, they would definitely have some interesting ingredients.

Thin Lizzy: Chopped sausage, mincemeat, Jameson-shiitake reduction, soda bread.
The Beatles: Beef, ham, chicken, lamb, fondue sauce, dinner roll.
Wings: Sliced vegan haggis, wilted arugula, aged soy cheddar, rice bread.
Bob Dylan: Scrapple, melted pepper jack, hemp-seed garlic bread.

The Pogues: Gin-fed lamb, whiskey-marinated turkey, beer-braised pork shoulder, mustard, soda bread.
Pink Floyd: Amethyst-rubbed pork, asparagus jelly, moon-dried tomatoes, pumpernickel.

Bruce Springsteen: Cheesesteak, peppers, grilled headband, ketchup, seeded bun.
The Who: Roast beef, boiled guitar strings, dinner roll.

Neil Young: Cubed ham, Kraft macaroni and cheese, blackened Anaheim peppers, 18-grain Anasazi bread.
Rolling Stones: Beef tongue, caviar, platinum-coated fried onions, ketchup, white bread.
Van Morrison: Lamb kebab, yogurt, thistle butter, Tupelo honey, jelly roll.

Tom Waits: Boiled racehorse brisket, mustard, dark rye bread.
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Alligator sausage, ketchup, relish, seeded hot dog bun.
Beach Boys: Grilled chicken breast, mustard, lettuce, SPF-50 sunscreen aioli, crispy fried peyote bits, white bread.
The Doors: Beer-battered fried chicken, mescaline ketchup, Navajo fry bread.
Grateful Dead: Lemon verbena sorbet, peanut butter, clarified hemp butter, deep-fried brownie bites, M&Ms, stale focaccia.

U2: Olive loaf, Tasmanian honey, shade-grown arugula, free-trade coffee-balsamic reduction, wheat bread.

Nick Drake: Ptarmigan tears, nettle spread, rice bread.
David Bowie: Curried snow leopard, mayo, garlic naan.

The Kinks: Roast beef, balsamic cigarette-butt reduction, dark rye.

Velvet Underground: Salami, cheddar, shredded pre-war 1000-Deutschmark bills, oil paint, heroin gravy, French roll.

Bjork: Sliced narwhal, mustard, whole wheat bread.

Ramones: Sliced hot dog, amphetamine ketchup, mustard, relish, white bread.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

What's "Entrainment"?

There's always more to Van Morrison than you think.  What does "my waitress, my waitress" mean?  Or "Justin, gentler than a man"? Or even "Into the Mystic"?  
Van has always had a penchant for lyrics that aren't obvious.  In fact, in general, the more obvious the lyric, the more harshly the song has been judged.  It's the songs with  the confusing lyric lines that have received the most acclaim.  Who is Madam George?  Who is Justin?

That's Entrainment was a great song from the 2008 album Keep it Simple
You by the countryside
Oh you when you reach the sky
You and you're climbing up that hill
Well you when we're listening to the little whippoorwill

You when the sun goes down
You in the evening, in the morning when the sun comes round
You with your ballerina dance
Well you put me back in a trance
Well you take my breath away
Oh you even on a cloudy day
You make me holler when you come around
You make me holler when you shake 'em on down

That's entrainment, that's entrainment, that's entrainment, that's entrainment
That's entrainment, that's entrainment, that's entrainment

Well you take my breath away
Oh you even on a cloudy day
Well you on that old sea shore
Ah you when you're holding out your hand for more

Well you when you come around
Well you make me shake 'em on down
Well you in the morning, in the morning when the sun comes up
Well you in the evening when the sun goes down

You make me holler, make me holler when you come around
Oh want you to shake your money maker, want you to shake 'em on down
Shake your money maker, shake your money maker, shake 'em on down

That's entrainment, that's entrainment, that's entrainment
Called that's entrainment, that's entrainment, that's entrainment
That's entrainment, that's entrainment
That's entrainment, that's entrainment
Now you put me back in a trance
That's entrainment, that's entrainment, that's entrainment
That's entrainment, that's entrainment

What is entrainment? When Keep it Simple was released the world reached for their dictionaries.  Okay, so maybe not the world but several of us did.  Entrainment has a number applications across technical fields.  We love our Van when he comes up with this kind of stuff.   

In the field of biomusicology, entrainment refers to the synchronisation of organisms to an external rhythm, usually produced by other organisms with whom they interact socially. Examples include firefly flashing, mosquito wing clapping as well as human music and dance such as foot tapping.  So says Wikipedia.  Are you entrained to Van's music?

The phenomenon of entrainment was discovered in approximately 1665 by a Dutch scientist named Christian Huygens.  He had a room with a number of pendulum driven clocks in it, and he observed that over time the pendulums of all the clocks fell into synchronisation with each other. Even if he deliberately started them swinging at different times, he would inevitably return to find they had resynchronised themselves with each other. He called this synchronisation tendency "entrainment".
Scientific research has proven that certain people develop the ability to use their whole brain and to live in a more balanced state characterised by brain synchronisation and whole brain functioning. Some of the most brilliant scientists, technologists and artists throughout history had a high degree of "whole brain synchronisation".

In October of 1973 a remarkable report “Auditory Beats in the Brain” by Dr. Gerald Oster of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center was published in the Scientific American.  It explained, when tones of different frequencies were presented separately to each ear, pulsation's called binaural beats occurred in the brain.
This resulted in the whole brain becoming entrained to the internal beat and resonating to that frequency. Oseter's report has potential for application in a variety of fields. 
At the same time, Robert Monroe of the Monroe Institute of Applied Sciences was also studying binaural beats. In countless experiments, using an EEG machine to observe the subject's electrical brain wave patterns, Robert Monroe confirmed that he could without a doubt entrain brain wave patterns using binaural beats.

He also noted that the response did not only occur in the area of the brain accountable for hearing, or only in one or the other of the hemispheres, but rather the whole brain resonated, the wave forms of both hemispheres becoming identical in frequency, amplitude, phase, and coherence. Many other researchers have also verified this phenomenon.
 So there we have entrainment or should I say there is a brief introduction to a complex concept spread out over many disciplines within science.  As for the song “That’s Entrainment,” it's classic Van.  It seems like it’s both nothing special and extraordinarily wise. Now that's Van all over.  That's why we love our "mystic from the East".  

Monday, 15 October 2012

Van Quotes Part 4


  31.  There is one thing I don't understand about Astral Weeks. Of all the records I have ever made that one is definitely not rock. You could throw that record at the wall, take it to music colleges, analyse it to death. Nobody is going to tell me that it is a rock album. Why they keep calling it one I have no idea.

  32.  People think I'm eccentric, cranky. If I'm eccentric because I've never been into mainstream things, then I am eccentric.
  33.  I've never been comfortable working live, and I'm still not. I was always more music-oriented and less star-oriented, which is why I've never been comfortable on big stages in big halls.
  34.  The people I was listening to never sold a lot of records. John Lee Hooker was never on the charts, so I was never in it from a commercial point of view. Other people expected things from my records, but I never did.
  35.  I don't think I will ever mellow out. I think if you mellow out, you get eaten up. You become like a commodity. So I don't think I will mellow out. It is not in my blood.

  36.   You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works.

 37.   My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week. And that's what I'm doing.
 38.   Someone once described me as a maverick and that's what I would say. I'm a maverick not by choice but by conviction.
 39.  These days politics, religion, media seem to get all mixed up. Television became the new religion a long time back and the media has taken over.
 40.  blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.  

Friday, 12 October 2012


The eil.com site is an incredibly comprehensive site for music fans.  It's basically a shopping mall with memorabilia, rare vinyl, T shirts, CDs, import releases, etc. from a variety of artists on sale.  There's a lot of Van stuff for sale, like autographed items. 

However, there's also information available for the non-cashed up music fan.  I was particularly interested in the Van gallery which had some 600 different photographs of ep,single, vinyl, CD covers from all over. And not one bootleg cover among them.  One of the unusual features on the site was a tab for "toys".  It gives insight into how some artists exploit every facet of marketing.  Van was not among them.  It started me wondering whether anyone knew of any Van Morrison toy that has been marketed?  Van lunch box?  Van figurine? A Van Barbie?  


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Performers Referenced in Van’s Lyrics

They call it "name-checking" now  but I'll be kinder and call it "referencing".  Van does it a lot and it's not just the artists he admires.  He also references poets, philosophers, mystics, places around Belfast from his childhood, radio stations, etc.  Some people think it's a cheap way to get a lyric but I think Van uses these points of reference well to create a mood. 
If you want to find 'cheap' forms of name-checking the classic has to be Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire, which seems just a roll call of everything that happened in the 60s.  Or what about John Mellencamp's R.O.C.K (In the USA) which is a catalogue of 60s performers?  I won't even dare mention hip hop.     

Mose Allison  -  Don’t Go to Nightclubs Anymore
Louis Armstrong  -  See Me Through Part II
Chet Baker  -  When the leaves Come Falling Down
Count Basie  -  The Eternal Kansas City
Sidney Bechet  -  See Me Through Part II
Big Bill Broonzy  -  On Hyndford Street
James Brown  -  Real Real Gone
Solomon Burke  -  Real Real Gone
Gene Chandler  -  Real Real Gone
Ray Charles  -  These Dreams of You, In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
and Got to Go Back
        Sam Cooke  -  Real Real Gone
        Claude Debussy  -  On Hyndford Street
Dr John  -  Russian Roulette
Georgie Fame (Clive Powell)  -  Don’t Go to Nightclubs Anymore 
Fats Domino  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Billy Holliday  -  The Eternal Kansas City
John Lee Hooker  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Lightnin’ Hopkins  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Mahalia Jackson  -  Summertime in England
Blind Lemon Jefferson  -  Cleaning Windows
Leadbelly  -  Cleaning Windows and Astral Weeks
Jerry Lee Lewis  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Brownie McGhee  -  Cleaning Windows
Jay McShann  -  The Eternal Kansas City
Milton Mezz Mezzrow  -  On Hyndford Street
Jelly Roll Morton  -  And It Stoned Me, On Hyndford Street and Whinin’ Boy Moan
Little Richard  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Charlie Parker  -  The Eternal Kansas City
Edith Piaf  -  Saint Dominic’s Preview
Wilson Pickett  -  Real Real Gone
Elvis Presley  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
P.J. Proby  -  Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby?
Johnny Ray  -  Sometimes We Cry
Nelson Riddle Orchestra  -  Hard Nose the Highway
Screaming Lord Sutch  -  Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby?
Sonny Terry  -  Cleaning Windows and In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll
Gene Vincent  -  The Street Only Knew Your Name
Scott Walker  -  Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby?
Muddy Waters  -  In the Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cleaning Windows and And the Healing Has Begun
Hank Williams  -  Saint Dominic’s Preview, See Me Through Part II and Ancient Highway
Sonny Boy Williamson  -  Take Me Back
Jackie Wilson  -  Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
Jimmy Witherspoon  -  The Eternal Kansas City
Lester Young  -  The Eternal Kansas City

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Born to Sing - Some Early Opinions

What follows are some early comments about the new Van album.  For further opinion see Pat Corley's fantastic review on his Visions of Pat blog. 

Adam Sandler  -  Van Morrison was much better when David Lee Roth was still singing. 
Graham Reid  -  Morrison - never a man you'd lightly say this about - sounds relaxed here and eases you in with the groove-riding Open the Door To Your Heart ("it's need not greed") but then winds the tension up when he throws in "don't you think I know who my enemies are? This time they pushed me too far". This is among the usual litany of Van complaints about how he has been hard done by in life, of which there seems scant evidence. He's just a perma-grump whom even Spike Milligan famously couldn't get a laugh out of.

Sal Nunziato  -  Born To Sing: No Plan B is a nice release. There are sounds that are reminiscent of albums like Moondance and Wavelength, like on the extended groove of Goin' Down To Monte Carlo or the very New Orleans-y Born To Sing. Close Enough For Jazz is a hoot, mostly because it sounds lifted from a mid-60s Georgie Fame record. Mystic Of The East, with its Floyd Cramer piano fills doesn't really go anywhere and what follows, an 8 minute tune Retreat & View, sounds exactly like it. Bad sequencing.

Victor Mature  -  Plan B was a career as a garden gnome. 

Steve Klinge  -  Van Morrison is cranky. On Born to Sing: No Plan B, he's upset with capitalism, worship of money, the abuses of the "global elite," the sound of "some kind of phony pseudo-jazz" (which raises the question What is real pseudo-jazz?), and the pettiness of others.
Ragtime Midget  -  Based on the title I feel this should be an album of B-sides. 

Jeff Schwachter  -  Capitalism, the media, the French Riviera, the late bluesman John Lee Hooker, the individual, “phony pseudo jazz,” and “all kinds of shite” aren’t new topics for Van Morrison…. On songs such as Open the Door (To Your Heart), End of the Rainbow, If in Money We Trust and the bluesy closing cut Educating Archie, the 67-year-old Irish singer-songwriter not only proves that he was indeed born to sing, but that his music and meditations are as relevant today as Brown-Eyed Girl, Moondance and Into the Mystic were in the 1960s.
Ayatollah Colm Meaney  -  This is his album supporting the Christian pro-life movement.

Walter Tunis  -  After four-plus decades, he still has a scratchy, soul-saturated Irish tenor that embraces spiritual solace one moment and earthly unrest the next.  Don Was produces Born to Sing by placing Morrison's vocals within orchestral, soul-leaning jazz arrangements that are anything but "phony" or "pseudo."   

Stickybeak  -  It’s worth noting that most of the reviews have been kind.  Not that it matters, I was going to buy this whatever anybody said. 
David Fricke  -  "Sartre said hell is other people/I believe that most of them are," Van Morrison sings in Goin' Down to Monte Carlo, one of the 10 tracks on this vividly irritated, vocally compelling record.
Bob101110101  -  I just bought it. If you like Van you will enjoy this one.

Nick DiCicco  -  If there's a musician who has earned the right to gripe about economics, it's Van Morrison, a man who claims to have been swindled out of every penny he would've made from Brown Eyed Girl because of a bad record deal he signed.  The Belfast Cowboy opines about the global economic crisis throughout his 35th studio effort, Born to Sing: No Plan B, which has a title that offers two clich├ęs for the price of one and gives no indication of what's inside.
Ponjamby  -  Sorry, he hasn’t been good since 1980 or 81-ish.  I wish he’d had a “Plan B”!

Trurl14  -   Van Morrison is one of my cultural blind spots.   He seems to be universally lauded but I can’t stand a single thing he’s done.  He’s a hippie Frank Sinatra. 
Mike Fletcher  -  Recorded in his hometown of Belfast, Born To Sing: No Plan B is effortless, cool and classy.  Open The Door (To Your Heart) is soulful and an instant favourite, and both the title track and End Of The Rainbow are soaked in the blues.

Drewogatory  -  No need to go past Veedon ever. 
Bob101110101  -  All the men who have written the greatest anti-capitalist rants live in, or eventually wind up in, castles.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Believe it or Not - Part 2

An exotic pet names site suggested Van Morrison was a good name for a pet bird. 

According to a fan blog of Christian rocker Larry Norman, Van has counted himself a fan of Norman.

It took 33 years for Astral Weeks to go gold. 

On the Stark Raving Sober blog Van’s Don't Go to Nightclubs Anymore made the Top 10 of Recovery Songs coming in at number 7. 

At The Punch.com, Astral Weeks comes in 7th in their list of the 100 crappiest songs of all time.
Gloria was banned by Chicago radio station WLS for objectionable lyrics.

The song was covered by Chicago's The Shadows Of Knight, who took the song into the national Top Ten after changing the words slightly, from she comes to my room to she comes around here.

Brown Eyed Girl makes several lists of surefire "panty removal songs" on the net.
Van is credited with coining the word fantabulous. He does have a long way to go to match Shakespeare's contribution to the English language, though. 

On the Real Clear Religion site, Astral Weeks is referred to by Mark Judge as Van's Very Catholic Album.

It's funny how Songfacts counts 1967's Brown Eyed Girl as one of the 10 best debut singles of all time, considering how Van had been a professional music artist for seven years by that stage. 

EastPortlandBlog.com declared 2011 to be the Year of Van Morrison "in East Portland, on the internet, and across the world".

Rob O'Connor claims the song Linden Arden Stole the Highlights from the Veedon Fleece album is about a man who steals children's magazines from dentist offices. 
In June 2012 it was reported with much fanfare that British Twilight actor Robert Pattinson was recording an album! Nothing wrong with that but then someone had the audacity to suggest that it sounded like stripped-down Ray LaMontagne meets Van Morrison.
In Wavelength 22 (December, 1999) Phil Abel describes the new science of 'Vanology'. "We take things he says and does on stage and interpret them from his moods and thoughts".  He notes somewhat redundantly that this isn't "an exact science".

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The Lion's Share, San Anselmo

The Lion's Share in San Anselmo near San Francisco was a popular performance venue for Van.  Van first appeared at the Lion's share 13 times in the early 70s.  His first show was on February 10, 1971 and his last was three years later on June 3, 1974.  Some of the 13 shows were brief affairs showcasing only one or two songs.  Could this one club be the inspiration for songs like Listen to the Lion, Snow in San Anselmo and The Lion This Time?   
The club was located at 60 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo in between what is now Redhill Auto and what was Hatt's Custom Choppers. It's a drab 1940s square retail-looking single storied building. It's got a weather-beaten coat of green paint on it now with lots of oleander growing out front.  It's just a block toward San Rafael, from United Market.  It became a premiere venue when The Lion's Share moved there from Sausalito in the 1960s.  It became known as a musicians hangout. Throughout much of 1970, the house band had been called Nu Boogaloo Express, featuring Mike Finnegan or Bill Champlin alternating on keyboards and vocals, and other local players like Danny Nudalman (guitar) Dave Schallock (bass or guitar) and Bill Vitt (drums).  Local residents like Phil Lesh or Van Morrison regularly hung out or played there.
Before it became The Lion's Share it was a hardware store called "Highland Hardware" and the district was referred to as Highland from the 1910s through to the 1940s.
It's popularity was sealed when Dale Curtis wrote an extended piece that appeared in the Berkeley Tribe in the October 3 - 9, 1969 edition.   Here's some of that piece that inspired a number of Berkleyites to seek out the tiny club. 

Berkley Tribe Article

Remember the little places? The coffee houses? The folk-rock bistros?  They were the spots where, for a reasonable cover (or none) you could get beer and wine and coffee and some of the finest music in the world the music that grew up and took over the Avalon and the Fillmore and the whole country as the "San Francisco Sound."
Most of those places have died off now, or priced themselves out of the market, leaving only nostalgia behind.
But. if you are one who remembers: Be Informed! The Lion’s Share Lives again in San Anselmo.
Mike Considine, who operated the Share in Sausalito in the mid sixties, is back in business. In those days he presented such top people as Sandy Bull (whose manager he used to be), the New Lost City Ramblers, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Dino Valenti, and Rejoice (which made its first public appearance there).
After a couple of years of good times like this, Considine suddenly found himself fighting in the Marin County Board of Supervisors and in the Sausalito City Council to keep from being evicted.
The main complaint from the neighbours was noise: but the understood beef was the longhaired types who hung out at the Share.
Considine and his friends packed the Sausalito Council meeting and convinced the village elders that he was not too noisy. They voted 50 to keep him open. Mysteriously, the next night the Lion's Share burned down.
That was in November of'68. There was no fire insurance on the place, and Considine was out of business. One of the REALLY GOOD little folk-rock places seemed gone forever.
Not so! The new Lion's Share, at 60 Red Hill Avenue, does its predecessor proud. It has only been open a couple of weeks operating on Considine's friendships and on goodwill instead of bread, but already the clean sounds of Rejoice, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, and ROM have been tilling the night air.
The atmosphere is dark with beam ceilings, brick walls, tiffany lamps and relaxed. There are some problems with the sound system, but none with the performers. Saturday night, for example, the bill included guitarist Jeffrey Cain, Universal Medicine, and Dan Hicks. All were smooth, accomplished acts that worked well with a surprisingly full house (there has been virtually no advertising thus tar.
At present, the Share's schedule goes like this: dark Monday and Tuesday, new groups and no cover on Wednesday and Sunday. $1.50 cover on Thursday, $2.00 cover Friday and Saturday when the more established groups perform.
To eat: pizza, sandwiches, wine, beer, cider et cetera.
In later years after being The Lion's Share, it was a health food market called Campolindo and then became some sort of manufacturing facility or a machine shop of some kind with lots of big, floor-standing tools.   As of May, 2011, the place is now an optical shop.
One of the most notorious moments for the club occurred when Janis Joplin died.  She left money in her will for a funeral party which was held at The Lion's Share on October 26, 1971. The Grateful Dead performed.
Fan Memories
Anonymous   -   Given that the real greats like Janis Joplin, Van Morrison, and the Grateful Dead played here, the place should be something else than an "optical shop." Unless the locale offers a greater perspective, of course...
Rob Miller   -   The hippest joint around. The best place for music, long before Sleeping Lady, Uncle Charlie's, Pepperland, etc. My favourite venue to see the Sons of Champlin, Van Morrison, etc. Marin was abundantly blessed with music luminaries, and it seemed that they all played there.
Quick story to get the ball rollin': I was there one night with a pal to see the Sons. Probably around 1972. We had just turned 16,so we had driver's licenses, if I recall. My pal, who shall remain anonymous (Jeff McNear), had wolfed down a large platter of spaghetti and red-sauce moments before leaving my mom's house, and heading up to San Anselmo to see the show.
Once inside, we ordered pitcher after pitcher of beer. (they weren't too keen on checking ID's back then). Suitably looped, we made our way to the very front of the house, immediatley in front of the band, and rocked out for a while. I turned and looked at my pal, and he was white as a sheet, and sweating profusely. "Think I gotta sit down for a while", he says, and plops down right there. Scant moments later, he staggers to his feet, and spews around 4 pounds of pasta and tomato sauce on Geoff Palmer's monitor speaker, at the edge of the stage. Cool.
Bill Champlin is immediatly enraged, jumps down off stage, grabs drunken pal by the belt loops and collar, kicks open a side door and tosses him out!
Dave in Truckee   -   Lion's Share was great. We could get in at 14 and see the Son's, Clover, etc. My friend's mom would drop us off and then pick us up at closing. Was there a large bouncer there with long hair and a beard that wore a sherrif's star?
I remember a lot of "Hippies" there and the smell of dope. We probably could buy beer too! Don't forget River City and Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. Saw Eddy Money booed off stage at the SL many years ago.
Paul   -   I liked going there all the time , and I especially liked around 1972 when they would have Clover Play . I remember going upstairs to the private party room , that is where some action was when the band was taking a break.
Meadowsweet Rich   -   Hey Paul, I remember partying upstairs there with my old buddy Jim Tonge, who just recently passed away, we were up there before Commander Cody played one night when this guy wearing a vest and a driving cap & carrying a small briefcase walked into the room, "Any of you guys with Cody?" he asked, and then proceeded to introduce himself as 'Snortin Norton', turns out the briefcase was for his harmonicas, and he was later to be known as Norton Buffalo, later that night he jammed with Cody & The Airmen & really impressed everybody with his harp skills.
Artlife   -   how i wish i could remember anything about my lion's share days! i can imagine, though
JasonLewis   -   Still dying for some photos from the Lion's Share. Anyone think they may have something tucked away in a closet or album somewhere?
Meadowsweet Rich   -   Lions Share was a club located on Miracle Mile in the same block as United Market, in an easterly direction. The Share put on music & poetry reading, many well known locals played there. Van Morrison was a frequent performer when I was a high schooler, Commander Cody played there too. I remember the hill behind there as being a place people would hang out & socialize with beverages & herb before the shows.
Paul   -  I was at Bedrock Records yesterday , and right next door ( if I remember correctly ) was the old Lion's Share location , now it is Paradise Drive Tatoo Parlor.
Yo Storocco   -   Nope. The tattoo place was not Lion's Share. It was further down the Miracle Mile, towards the hub. Right next to, on the uphill side, of Redhill Automotive.  
Clancy   -   Lion's Share was a cool little club..remember seeing Mose Allison, The Sons, Norton Buffalo and some others there in the early days. Best story I can remember is one night The Sons were smoking up on the hill behind the club and the cops came up to bust 'em. Bill Champlin told the cops that they could arrest him, but that they (the cops) just HAD to smoke that pot---it was too good to waste! Don't know if the story was true, but it was told to me by Mark Isham one night at Marin Recorders in San Rafael...gave us all a howl.
Lemo  -   early Lion's Share down the street from the flick in Sausalito. We went in and ordered cheese fruit and wine, way underage and thought it was the coolest, man. Beatatude. poetry, folkies, tea, dark and a real eye opening gateway thought process that got us going to North Beach to check that whole scene out. We were blowin in da wind.
San Anselmo Share   -   saw my fav John Stewart one night, with Jerry Corbitt and Big ass chawing long hair Charlie Daniels. We didn't think he was such a jerk, then.  What ever did happen to Considine, anyway? sure did bring alot of great stuff to us all.
SteveC   -   Do you know the name of the bar across from the Lion's Share in the middle of Miracle Mile by a Chevron Station that was also in between the east and west bound lanes circa 1970.
Googuse   -   Across the street, here was a restaurant called The London Broil, which I think was owned by Barry Oldham, who later owned the Mayflower. There was also the Spanish place that had a few different names, but were all owned by Jose Pons He was an old girlfriend's dad and we used to loot booze from the restaurant. I remember the gas station was right past Amazing Grace, where the empty area is now.  What was the diner shaped building on the north side? I's always been a dry cleaner as far back as I can remember, which is about 1969-70
SteveC   -   Googuse, Every time I've driven past that dry cleaners I think, That had to be a diner or drive-in.  I walked in and asked about ten years ago but they didn't seem to know what architecture was, let alone diners and drive-ins.  C'mon old timers, step up. Tell us the origin.

Jerry Garcia at Lion's Share
Nostalgia Newbie   -   Anyone know who Meadowsweet Rich is in the post above? That story about being upstairs at the LS when Norton Buffalo came in...I was there! I've told that story many times. It was the last week when the LS closed down. Not only did Norton have his cosmetic case full of harmonicas, he also kept his stash in it and pulled out some doobs. And Jim Tongue was a good friend of mine....so sorry to hear of his passing.
Nostalgia Newbie   -   It was a very good year.  I was the cook at the Lion's Share around 1972 - Mike (Considine) was the owner and he needed to serve food so minors could be allowed in (mo money) he gave me a little room to the side of the liquor bar with a serve through window, and a cutting board - he explained the minor situation - and didn't want to be bothered by anything food related after that. The music and the scene was just so very hip. Van Morrison was there at least monthly it seemed - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee - Herbie Hancock - Sun Ra - Jerry Garcia picking in a bluegrass band called 'Old and in the Way' - I cooked and served Jerry a cheeseburger at an afternoon sound-check - a very big moment for me - I'm a bit of a harmonica player and another idol, Charlie Musselwhite graced the stage - one afternoon when I came to work there were security guards outside and one of the bartenders had to come to the door and OK me before they'd let me in - the whole place had been 'rented' for a private party. 
As I was setting up in my 'kitchen' a guy came in with a sack of pot and a BIG chunk of hash - he started rolling hash/grass bombers and since it was my cutting board and I prided myself on rolling skills in those days I took over and when everything was rolled up he gave me two for my services - the opening act was a 3 or 4 piece with a very hip babe singing and playing a wicked slide guitar - after the set she and Mike had a little conference in my kitchen and when Mike left for his office we talked and she commented about the looseness of the party - cops standing watch outside - and inside there were barmaids walking around with a platter of free coke - piled high - no shit. She asked me if I had gotten high yet - meaning the coke - and I said no - and she whipped out a small glass vial and gave me a couple of toots from her coke spoon necklace - I was in hippie heaven - I don't KNOW who that gal was - but looking back it almost had to be Bonnie Raitt - I didn't know who she was at the time - so I can't say for sure - but it fits perfectly.