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A Time and Think Dog! Slide Show

What You See Is What You Get

These pictures show the members of my band, known first as Time, and ultimately as Think Dog!, most taken during the time of the band's existence.

All of these images were made from very bad photographs, many of them tattered and blotched prints that have been sitting stuffed in drawers for decades.

The shots from our recording sessions in Toronto were taken by David Rosenboom, which is why there is only one with him in it. All but one were lifted from two 8x10" 35mm proof sheets, and blown up. They aren't much to look at, but it's all we've got, and the stories that go with the pictures might be interesting to some readers.

Click on any image to see a full-size version. Included with each picture is anecdotal commentary, some of it fairly detailed. Sorry, there are no navigation buttons on this collection. Just use your Back button to return to this page.

In the Beginning

We had our start in 1967, when the first three of us were students at University of Illinois, in Urbana. Of the first sequence of photos, the second and fourth were taken in Urbana, the others shortly after we moved to Buffalo, New York, where we lived for only seven months.
The founding fathers of Time
Lynn Newton looking windblown
Ellen McFaul and David Rosenboom
Ellen McFaul in Urbana

The Pierce-Arrow Factory and Beyond

The next six photographs were taken in in our rehearsal studio in the former Pierce-Arrow factory. The last two were taken at one of our first jobs, which turned out to be a specially challenging experience.
Rehearsing Waking in the Pierce-Arrow factory
Tom McFaul at Pierce-Arrow, framed by percussion rack
Tom again
Lynn playing lute
Rehearsing Lily Has a Rose
Ellen McFaul watching patiently
Our big garage gig -- don't skip this story!
In a garage in Buffalo -- in winter!

Toronto Recording Sessions, January 1968

In early January 1968, we traveled twice to Bay Sound studios in Toronto to record eleven demos, which after all these years have finally been resurrected and assembled into the CD album Before There Was Time.

David Rosenboom brought a camera to the sessions. I'm sure I was barely conscious of his running around and taking pictures at the time. At the time I owned a camera too, but had no money for the luxury of film.

Until very recently I never saw any of these pictures. Last year (2000) David sent me two 8.5x11" 35mm proof sheets with a total of 76 shots on them. Three of them he had enlarged himself, but the rest I had to cut out one at a time using a graphic image editor. These images also included the shots taken at the Pierce-Arrow factory above.

All the images are of poor quality by any standard you can think of. The ones I've preserved for the sake of this slide show are, believe it or not, the best of what there is, thrown together here for the sake of having some sort of permanent record of what we did.
Lynn playing trombone on Green Fields
Lynn with bass and music
Lynn with bass in subdued light
Lynn doing voiceover, framed by percussion
Lynn and Tom seen from the control booth
Tom from the control booth
Tom, engineer in control booth
Tom recording vocals
Tom imitating the Phantom of the Opera
Richard Stanley playing dulcimer
Richard making feedback on the Vox
Richard next to control booth
Richard on dulcimer, Tom in background
Richard playing dulcimer, Tom and clavinet in background
Jim Mohr worrying
Jim Mohr and Kathy (a.k.a. Kate) Stanley
Kathy Stanley (a recently discovered picture)
Tom, David, and Richard in control booth
The recording console
An engineer at the console
Tom, Richard, and the chief engineer
The engineer deep in thought
Our Vox Beatle amplifier
David's percussion rack
The dulcimer on the clavinet

New York City Days

In May 1968 we all moved to New York City. The story of how we all got there goes beyond even what I was able to cover in the recording notes that accompany the two band CDs.

Not long after we all got back together, we rented a loft in the third basement of a warehouse on Mott Street, where we could make all the noise we wanted day or night. There was nothing lofty about the loft. The warehouse was in Little Italy, one block south of Houston Street, and one block west of the notorious Bowery. Occasionally I had to step over dead former drunks on the street.

This room was at least as big and utilitarian as our previous place, but not as cozy. But it was home to us. It also served as a convenient supply depot to various heroin addicts and fences in the area.

By the beginning of summer, David Rosenboom left the band to pursue other opportunities. That was the beginning of the personnel problems that ultimately killed the band.

We also changed our name from Time to Think Dog! soon after arriving in New York. Although I thought Time was a great name, I recall there was a general feeling on the part of the others, including Jim, that we needed a better one. When another band called Time came out with an album, my own feelings about that name became academic.

The next six images were all taken one day in our Mott Street loft, using my camera. Only one picture has me in it.

The last three images in this series were taken during the last period of time the band was together.
Tom in our Mott Street loft, NYC
Tom fooling with a guitar
Lynn fooling with a bass
Richard in the Mott Street loft
My bass amplifier cabinets
Lynn at home in Wilmette
Lynn on the verge of enslavement
Lynn playing piano in 71st Street apartment, NYC

After the Band

This tour concludes with a few pictures that were taken after our band ceased to exist. Regrettably, I don't have anything relatively recent of either Tom McFaul or Richard Stanley. You will notice two new faces below of persons who have not yet been mentioned, but who are covered in the recording notes that go with Dog Days.
Lynn playing guitar, 1973
Ron Renninger, recent picture
Bob Steeler playing with Hot Tuna
Lynn demonstrating Gibson ES-335
David Rosenboom playing keyboard, recent picture
David at Stonehenge