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If you have any connection to the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, Beserkley Records, Rather Ripped Records, KSAN, etc. during the 60s, 70s and 80s, you've probably heard of or met Gary Phillips, a.k.a. Gary Philippet.

Or you may have known Gary from Spokane or
Penrith Farms in Newport, Washington.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

remembering Gary

I'm just writing since I notice that your site has been up for over a year since Gary's passing and has a link to The Rubinoos site but no posting from anybody in the Rubinoos or anyone from Beserkley, aside from Greg Kihn.
Gary produced The Rubinoos first 45 rpm recording, Gorilla, which was included in the Beserkley Chartbusters LP.
I won't pretend that I appreciated Gary 'discovering' this tune for us to cover, but we did cover it, then I went on to Jonathan Richman, other things, as did the Rubinoos.
But I do have fond memories of Gary, Earthquake, Longbranch and visiting his little room in the attic of the house which was the home to Beserkley Records, at Eunice & Spruce. Gary had a love for music which inspired us all and an incredible music collection which informed us all too.

- Greg Keranen

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