JIM WELTE. Writer. Editor.

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Call of the Wild: The Rise & Fall of the Record Plant Studio

On Halloween night in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono walked into 2200 Bridgeway, in Sausalito, dressed as trees. The occasion was the grand-opening party for what was then called the Record Plant Studio. Chris Stone and Gary Kellgren, who had helped launch the Record Plant’s Los Angeles and New York City outposts, wanted to open one in the Bay Area to serve the region’s fertile music scene and provide a getaway for bands looking to record in a remote spot loaded with amenities. They picked a building near the waterfront, just down the street from where, legend has it, Otis Redding penned the opening lyrics of “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” on a houseboat in 1967. The Record Plant had its own Jacuzzi, guesthouses, organic chefs, a basketball court, and a speedboat docked in the harbor. The conference room had a waterbed floor.


Goodbye and Good Wishes, Patch

This was one awesomely weird summer. We moved our family to the 94941 in May, leaving our San Francisco apartment of 17 years and allowing me to actually sleep where I’d been spending nearly every waking hour over the previous three years as the founder of Mill Valley Patch. The move was a great shot […]

October 16, 2013 News, Patch

Plan to Repave Mill Valley Bike-Ped Path Slowed by Safety, Regulatory Concerns

Nearly three years after the Marin County Board of Supervisors voted to accept a $320,000 state grant to repave the heavily used Mill Valley-Sausalito multi-use path – and three weeks since theTransportation Authority of Marin backed another $320,000 of federal money for the path rehab – county officials say the project is at least two years from coming […]

October 15, 2013 News, Patch

Bloody Teen on LSD Had ‘Superhuman’ Strength, Emergency Responders Said

Three teens were taken to Marin General Hospital and subsequently arrested Sunday morning after a party involving LSD and a host of other drugs spiraled out of control, with paramedics and law enforcement officers having to fight off teens covered in blood in order to treat a boy who was reportedly having a drug-induced seizure, […]

September 30, 2013 News, Patch

Thomas Dolby to Unveil ‘Invisible Lighthouse’ Transmedia Show at MVFF36

The phrase “one-of-a-kind performance” gets bandied about in excess, but an Oct. 10 event at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre as part of the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival might boast enough rarities to qualify. Thomas Dolby, the British musician and technology pioneer whose song “She Blinded Me With Science” became a hit in 1982, is debuting a live show in […]

October 1, 2013 Features, Film, Music, Patch, Q & A

Bob Weir’s TRI Studios Hosts Slightly Stoopid Webcast

The sheer breadth of legendary Mill Valley musician Bob Weir’s career was palpable Monday afternoon as he described the then and now bookends of his nearly 50 years in music. At the SF MusicTech Summit in San Francisco, Weir spoke of performing with Jerry Garcia and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan as Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions […]

September 13, 2011 Features, Patch, Q & A