Recently, the Owsley Stanley Foundation released the Sixth Chapter of Bear's Sonic Journals : That Which Colors the Mind, a 2 CD-set featuring Ali Akbar Khan (known as the Bach of India). The album features a 2-hour live recording of a performance at the Family Dog at the Great Highway, in San Francisco on May 29, 1970. Recorded live from the soundboard by the legendary Grateful Dead soundman, Owsley Stanley, a.k.a "Bear", this release is thought to be one of the most evocative recordings of Ali Akbar Khan - a recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant", who has been identified as being a key influence on The Beatles, Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones and Santana.
KDRT's DJ Rodriguez will speak to Hawk, the executive producer of the new album and the sound archivist for Bear's Sonic Journals audio vault. "It has been said that Bear's tapes are like a time machine. This new release with Ali Akbar Khan starts 50 years ago and takes you back 500 years in time, to the origins of a musical tradition that was believed to have the power to heal" (Quote from the Owsley Stanley Foundation ). The Owsley Stanley Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of “Bear’s Sonic Journals,” Owsley’s archive of more than 1,300 live concert soundboard recordings from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including recordings by Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, and more than 80 other artists across nearly every musical idiom.