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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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Monday, February 23, 2009
I knew Gary during the Beserkeley days. My band, the Young Adults, opened an Earthquake show at Keystone Berkeley in 1978 or so. Gary was always a big fan of the Young Adults and very encouraging about our musical efforts. I always enjoyed talking to him and while we were not close friends I remember his warm smile and easy going nature with great fondness. I recently reconnected with many friends from those days and was saddened by the news of his passing. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I was hoping we'd be able to reconnect through the Facebook Berkeley Punks pages. He's now part of the big endless song and I'll listen for his music when I go to sleep tonight.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I forget how he knew Simon, probably to do with the music papers Simon used to write for, and he only stayed for a few hours and played us a cassette of some music that he had recorded..but I do remember what a lovely man he was. One of those people
that you instantly take a liking to and remember down the years.
I was just idly googling, the way you do on a Saturday afternoon in February, and came across his name and I am really sad to hear that he has passed away.. my condolences to his friends and family