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The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon (1996)

Their names and music became legendary: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the house band - The Charlatans.


Mary Works


Ernie Fosselius (narration written by), John Nutt (narration written by) | 2 more credits »

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Credited cast:
Howard Hesseman ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Albin Peter Albin ... Himself
Big Brother and the Holding Company Big Brother and the Holding Company ... Themselves (archive footage)
John H. Browne Jr. John H. Browne Jr. ... Himself - PH Phactor Jug Band (as PH Phactor Jug Band)
The Charlatans The Charlatans ... Themselves
Robert G. Elston Robert G. Elston ... Himself
Johnnie Fingers Johnnie Fingers ... Himself (as Johnny Fingers)
Dave Getz Dave Getz ... Himself (as David Getz)
The Great Society The Great Society ... Themselves
Bill Ham Bill Ham ... Himself - Lightshow Artist
Phil Hammond Phil Hammond ... Himself - Manager
Ellen Harmon Ellen Harmon ... Herself - Family Dog Founder
Dan Hicks Dan Hicks ... Himself (as The Charlatans)
Lynne Hughes Lynne Hughes ... Herself - Singer
George Hunter George Hunter ... Himself (as The Charlatans)


Their names and music became legendary: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the house band - The Charlatans.

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Documentary | Music


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Release Date:

7 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rockin' at the Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia City, Nevada, USA

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Did You Know?


The Red Dog Saloon was once owned and operated by Producer, Director and Cinematographer, Virgil E. Hammond, III from 1987 to 1990 and under the new name of the Longbranch Saloon. The Red Dog was the original name in the 60's and 70's until removed due to the violence in which the name brought. A truly historic time. Today, it still stands and has reclaimed it's original name of the Red Dog Saloon. See more »


Features Acid Mantra, or Rebirth of a Nation (1968) See more »


Written by Ernie Fosselius and Bob Knickerbocker
Performed by Final Solution
Coyright 1966 Gramith-Arshmund Publishing
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A Worthwhile Film
17 October 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

Up until the mid-1960s, Virginia City, NV was probably most culturally famous as the site of the Ponderosa on TV's "Bonanza." That all changed in 1965, when the Red Dog Saloon opened its doors and bands such as The Charlatans and Big Brother and the Holding Company began to experiment with their music in a live setting, with a backdrop of swirling colored lights; a gestational environment that would usher in the San Francisco psychedelic ballroom era shortly thereafter. "Rockin' at the Red Dog" is a fine documentary from 1996 that explores those heady times. Filmmaker Mary Works, who was employed at the Red Dog way back when, has here managed to interview many of the club's original founders, hired help, hangers-on and, of course, on-stage talent. And while it would have been too much to expect actual video footage of The Charlatans, The PH Phactor Jug Band, The Wildflower, The Final Solution and other seminal Red Dog bands caught in the act, we DO get to see a Charlatans rehearsal from 1965, as well as assorted footage of those other groups. The film even manages to provide some rare audio of Quicksilver's John Cipollina during an interview, and show some pre-Janis footage of Big Brother in concert. The film, in its final half hour, kinda veers off its central subject to cover the early S.F. ballroom scene, but since I'm a sucker for anything smacking of this era, I didn't mind a bit...especially when luminaries such as Peter Albin and Dave Getz (from Big Brother) and Family Dog cofounder/poster artist Anton Kelly are the ones dishing out the dirt! This documentary is a cogent reminder that although summer 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the so-called "Summer of Love," the years 1965 and 1966 were when all the real fun was going down, and that the Red Dog Saloon was in large part responsible for getting the ball rolling. A worthwhile film.

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