Bitter Seeds/Rock Shop

From Monterey,CA.

Jerry Benes - Lead singer,harmonica,guitar
Pooch (Leonard Paschini) - Lead guitar
Gene Everett - Rhythm guitar and bass
Bob Anderson - Bass (sometimes Mark Brimsmead)
Ron Tiboni - Drums (sometimes Brent Reynolds)

The Bitter Seeds played extensively around Monterey County and the San Francisco bay area from 1966 through the early 70's. They were the first rock group to play at Feast of Lanterns in Pacific Grove and people were getting down...and loving it, but, PG being a holy and uptight town pulled the plug so the fun and good music had to come to an end.

They shared the bill with such heavyweights as The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Aum, and Sandy Bull

They recorded their single at a studio in San Jose,CA and decided to change their name for the record to The Rock Shop so they wouldn't be confused with The Seeds of Pushin'Too Hard fame. The single was a double sided garage/psych masterpiece with driving rhythms and plenty of psych lead guitar. It got considerable play in the LA area reaching number 10 on some charts. The band promoted the record as The Rock Shop but eventually went back to calling themselves The Bitter Seeds.

They also recorded four demo songs at a studio in Monterey which are included here to be heard for the first time!

Special thanks to Linda and Leonard Paschini for sharing their scrapbooks and memories!

Click on a song title below to hear that song.

State Of Your Mind

Is That Your Halo

Bar Next To The Carnival

Walking And Walking

Little Red Rooster

Down Under Here

Early Bitter Seeds publicity photo 1967

Linda Paschini on the left drew many
of the posters on this page and her
friend Victoria Green

Gene Everett

Bob Anderson

Poster for The Rock Shop at The Matrix in San Francisco

The Rock Shop at the Bulls Eye Tavern

Jerry Benes

Leonard "Pooch" Paschini

Gene Everett

Ron Tiboni

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