50 Years: 1972 – 2022!

This isn’t the usual blog post about something in the arts or music or theater or dance. Instead it is something of a narcissistic post about a bit of my personal life in music. In the early 1970s I played in what is now described as a proto-punk band called Death. We didn’t have an actual genre for it back in the day. We were just Death. Loud and brash and outside the norm…low energy is how the leader characterized our stage presentation. We weren’t allowed to move except as needed to play our instruments. Music was covers of the Velvet Underground and the Stooges (first two albums). We started writing original material about the time I got tossed out (LOL)!

So here are pictures of me in Death in spring of 1972. Despite playing in bands from late 1964 through late 1975, these are the only photos I have of any of those bands. Go figure. These were taken by an art school friend of mine and are © 1972 by Michael Gehrke

Ed Heinzelman on bass
Jim Richardson on drums, Chuck Meyer on guitar, Ed Heinzelman on bass
Jack Stewart on piano, Keith Sommer on guitar
Stirling Silver (Brian Koutnik) on vocals

So here I am 50 years later, trying to relearn how to play bass and guitar in my post-pandemic hair, recreating the look from 1972. Nothing has changed, everything has changed…and I feel fine!

© 2022 Rosalie A Beck
© 2022 Rosalie A Beck
© 2022 Rosalie A Beck

Coming to an amphitheater near you! Dream On!

and a short mention about that time in musical history.

I Didn’t Know This Was An Event: Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration

June 25, 2022

The Big Top Parade will return to the streets of downtown Baraboo on Saturday, June 25, 2022 for the first time since 2019. Historic wagons, exotic animals, marching bands and community floats will delight parade goers, highlighting a weekend full of circus-themed fun.

The main event — the Big Top Parade — kicks off at 11:00 a.m. Along with our grand marshal, the parade features traditional circus parade units and circus-themed entries created by community groups and businesses. Young and old will be enthralled by the circus wagons, marching bands, horses and other animals and of course, a cavalcade of clowns!

Before and after the parade, the Baraboo area and our downtown will be filled with family-friendly events. This year’s Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration will take on the theme Circus World has adopted for its 2022 performance season…

More info? Click here: Here comes the circus parade!