the Electric Collage light show with Jimi Hendrix.The Electric Collage imagery was several layers of media projected on top of each other. The images ranged form complex to simple and were made up of colors, shapes and real world images blended carefully using a custom control panel of dimmers and switches and liquid projectors.

Films and slides added a dimension of various images mixed in with with the moving colors and shapes. The liquids were developed after many hours of experiments and many shows of evolution. As you can see they were brilliant colors with a full spectrum of hues.

Is the Imagery of the Electric Collage still alive?

Projected light shows experienced a very popular era during the "Sixties" of the 20th century. It was the first time visual music had been a commercial venture on such a large scale. They filled the void for visual media that TV could not reach.

 The influence of the imagery used in light shows during that era can be seen in much of the landscape media today. The millions of young people who saw the light shows carried the pictures into their careers and the world. Similar complex, dynamic images are used in almost every TV show or movie in the new millennia. Over a million people saw the Electric Collage circa 1967 - 1971.


Right after I posted this story in 2004 I got an email. Brad pulled the light show out of his head 35 years later....

"Hello Steve,
A journalist named Malcolm contacted me by e-mail in 2000 about my memories of Atlanta Pop Festival II.  I think he was putting something together in connection with the Allman Bros.

I sketched out my memories in a return e-mail, closing with this paragraph:  "One final distinctive memory involves the magic of the light shows.  Whoever was responsible for the utter, trans formative beauty of those shows I wish I could reach across 30 years to thank.  The shows were gorgeous, transfixing and poignant.  I can still remember the projected figure of a small, stately ballerina as she pirouetted over and over amidst the swirls of moving colors and layered imagery.  She kept her balance so exquisitely."
So thanks mucho Steve, for creating such an extraordinary experience for me.  It was truly blissful.
Best regards,
West Virginia"

Steve replies, "Thank you Brad. I am glad you liked it enough to keep the pictures alive in your head for so many years. You describe the images as clearly as if you saw them yesterday. The ballerina film was shot one cold winter day in Piedmont Park in Atlanta Georgia about 1968 or 69. She was on a hill with the sun and winter tree limbs in the background. I used the film technique many times with other images to create the layered look of the Electric Collage. I still have the film of the ballerina."

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The Catacombs - 14th and Peachtree Streets - 1968 The band members are unknown but we will find them soon.
The Electric Collage started here. Using bed sheets on the back wall we projected overheard and slide projectors and had a smoke machine and strob light.
The underground newspaper "The Great Speckled Bird" was down the street about 10 houses away. The head shop "Middle Earth" was at 8th and Peachtree in an old house surrounded by buildings.
The original size of the 'head' community was about 50 people converging for various reasons but of the same mind. The community grew fast and part of it was the hippies on 10th and Peachtree.

Discovery Inc emerged from the early days. They built up a portfolio of bands that played the 'new' music that was not on the radio. Underground music it was called. Ed Shane started an Underground FM station that played album sides on an evening show and rock the rest of the time. FM. Atlanta's pop station was 790 AM. FM was wonderful. Thank you Ed Shane for pioneering the 'new' rock music.

The Booger Band in the photo. In the center is Joel Bulware, one of the best B3 players around. His career continued through the years and one ascpect was a frequently called upon studio musician.