Story of LEVEL 1 of
Coyote works for several Los Angeles newspapers
as a photojournalist of the LA Newspaper Guild covering rock concerts
at the LA Forum (now Staple Center), Palladium, Roxy, Whiskey... He
also specializes in shooting album covers and promo photography for
record companies and rock bands such as Keith Richards of The Rolling
Stones, Steve Miller, and a long list of punk and hard rock and heavy
Coyote's girlfriend had some music connections
in Utah. She convinced Coyote that she would "make him famous"
if he'd move...
Salt Lake City, Utah
After moving to Salt Lake City, the drunken
manager of their apartment building decided to pocket their rental safety
deposit and ask for a second payment. Now evicted, they lost their money,
their home, and slept in Coyote's van. Sound like a Cary Grant movie?
Michelle had some relatives to stay with,
but Celise (Coyote's cat) and our California Zendog lived out of the
van that cold snowy winter. "I
wrote PEACE OF MIND and BLACK OF NIGHT with cold fingers on my Alvarez"
Coyote performed all the local nightclubs of Salt
Lake and earned a reputation of "UTAH'S
BEST FLUTE PLAYER." Due to the lyrics of his songs, Coyote
lost a few friends and created a host of enemies in Utah.
"Those Mormon teenaged Elders would come around and tell me to
move back to California. It got so annoying that I had to complain to
the Church Of Latter Day Saints hierarchy to get them to put a a leash
on those annoying servants of God."
a real kick in the ass, slap in the face, eye-opening experience. Now
that I'm back in California, , it all blends into the past and doesn't
bug me anymore. But at the time, I was in a life and death battle,"
pants Coyote. "Although I kept
journals about the Mormons bugging me, I decided to tell stories about
other parts of my life in the LEVEL 1 book. I created two dozen webpages
to tell the story with lyrics of the LEVEL 1 album. It came out really
cool. It's kinda funny. Maybe you'll even find some of the stories enlightening."
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