Modern Anasazi Hand-stacked Walls—Paul Nonnast

Paul Nonnast is right at the top of my list of favorite artists, a visionary that is adept at sculpture, painting and architecture, as well as a master stonemason…Only a few people in Jerome know that Nonnast received one of four honorable mentions in the prestigious Vietnam War Memorial Design competition sponsored in Washington D.C. in l981.

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My Mother Meets Katie Lee in Jerome AZ

Nothing prepared mu mother for the party at Wylci and Jore’s art studio. I told my mom she would meet my close friend Katie, whom I described as a well-known published author and singer/songwriter who was about her age. My mother smiled with relief at the possibility of meeting a respectable friend of mine.

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Artist Management: One Long Game of Creative Chutzpah

The first months that I worked as an artist’s manager for Bill Graham at Fillmore Management in 1969 was like attending an anarchist university. There were no structured courses, no schedule, no time clocks and no rules. Not only did I not know what I did not know; I didn’t know how tangled and corrupt some of the knowledge that eventually came my way would be and the toll it would take on me and the artists that I managed.

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1969: Bill Graham Hires Diane Sward (Rapaport) as an Artist’s Manager

While washing dinner dishes one afternoon, I thought, what if Bay Area acoustic performers had their own evening? They wouldn’t have to compete with the rock bands and have their more gentle sounds become dwarfed by raucous fans stomping, “We want the Grateful Dead.” A name came into all these thoughts in the same flash: Equinox; A Traveling Faire of Acoustic Music.”

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Fillmore Management Clips Off My Career as an Artist Manager

Rejection in the music business is as common as dirt. You can cry or laugh, but if you let it get to you, it’s as quick to bury you as quicksand. In one six month period in the late sixties, I had three rejections in six months. Rejections just make me stubborn. . .

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Bill Graham: Intimidation as a Negotiating Tactic

Barbara Mauritz of Lamb opened one of the shows during the last days of Fillmore West with a stunning version and performance of her song “Hello Friends.” Her performance is captured beautifully along with an equally stunning performance of her song “River Boulevard.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgPw2Q9-6jc

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Diane Sward (Rapaport) Meets Bill Graham at Fillmore West 1968

I traipsed up to the second floor of Fillmore West at 10 a.m. The ballroom was dark and cavernous with basketball hoops at each side, fronted by a large stage. An adjacent café was dimly lit and some guy sat at a table sobbing. He hardly looked up at me as I passed him and knocked on a door that had light leaking from under it. “Come in,” a gruff voice shouted.

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Rafting the Colorado River at Westwater with 170 Cans of Beer

Once the sun began to set, the mosquitos came out of hiding from large tamarisk bushes lining the river. The smell of smoke, RAID mixed with the dust of 75 cars and trucks wheeling in and out of the parking lots at sundown on a Saturday evening reminded me of a weird kind of drive-in movie in the boonies that my teenage boyfriend used to take me to when I was 14.

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You Know When You’re From Jerome When. . .

Denise Lerette started a Facebook craze in Jerome when she posted, “You know you’re from Jerome when. . .” The responses crowded my mail box and many of them were hilarious. Nobody ever stops living in Jerome, even when they’re not there,

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