Hip Hop Rap, Chinese Monkey Tatoos, Chiggahs, Hashish In China, and Swirling Cymbals

This is part of an email I just received from John Featherston, a builder and musician in South Carolina, and is a response to my blog of 06/05/06, wherein I mentioned music I was listening to and showed photos of a monkey tattooed on a surfer’s arm. There was a photo in the email of the “shop” John refers to. This is great writing!


…You apparently are a music lover. The shop pictured has about 15,000 vinyl LPs upstair but I’m really wanting to tell you that you must see/hear The Waybacks from the Bay Area… closest one to you lives in Larkspur in a house frequented by Timothy Leary, overlooking the house the Grateful Dead wrote Working Man’s Dead in, up the street from where Janis and Big Brother practiced. Anyway The Waybacks are as good as any band I’ve EVER heard. They, with Bob Wier, took MerleFest to new heigths a few weeks ago. mbals, dancers…. then the dancing dragons…. four of ’em. I’m hanging out the window taking pics and next thing I know this mob of performers start into the building and flow into the apt. Boom Boom Boom clang clang….. dancers, drummers, cymbals swirling and dancing….. then enter the dragons. We had four dragons (red, yellow and blue) dance all over us for several minutes…. then they left. Now I’ve done and seen a lot but I’ve never ever been danced on by dragons. OK… long enough…..sorry. Hope you enjoyed. John

Oops…. as a scrounger/builder I also ended up with an outdoor music facility in upstate SC. The web site doesn’t do it justice but:


Night concert at The Music Camp

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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