Mon Nov 01 '21 08:30 amThe Plant Studios Records Online Store is in Preview Mode
By popular demand and just in time for the mainstream gift giving season, we are launching our online march store. The store is currently in "preview mode" for our family and friends who are like family. Here is the link : The Plant Studios Records on Shopify The store currently contains one item in several sizes, our much requested super soft t-shirt!
The store is password protected until mid-November, so contact either Arne, Mari, or Mara for the password. True members of The PlantFam know how to reach at least one of us!
Mon Nov 01 '21 07:50 amTim Weed "Light and Dark" for your GRAMMY ® Consideration
For your GRAMMY consideration: Tim Weed's "Light and Dark" has been nominated in the first round of voting for seven categories:
- American Roots Performance: Morro Glenn
- Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Morro Glenn
- Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Colloquium: Dark & Light
- Classical Instrumental Solo
- Contemporary Classical Composition
- Engineered Album, Classical
- Producer Of The Year, Classical
We are so proud of this release and hope you will give it a listen. It is a beautiful piece of music and we thank you in advance for your consideration.
Fri Jan 17 '20 3:50 pmArne's New Home Studio : Ready to Record
Call Arne at 408-SONGS-AR - We are now set up for basic tracks, vocals and OD's in Central Marin. Accept no imitators!
Mon Mar 11 '19 1:46 pmNew West Marin Location Open - Now Accepting Mix Projects!
The Plant Studios is happy to announce that Arne Frager is now accepting mix projects at his West Marin studio. Call us at 408-SONGS-AR (408-766-4727) to discuss your project's needs.
Fri Jun 03 '16 5:04 pmWHAT SEPARATES YOUR NEXT RECORD FROM ALL THE REST?
• MUSIC PERFORMANCES (tracking with live musicians)
• VOCAL PERFORMANCES
• SONIC EXCELLENCE & EAR CANDY
• FINAL MIX & MASTERING
Hiring a producer with mad studio skills and a track record of successful records for major artists in several genres:
Announcing Record Productions by Arne Frager:
Owner/Chief Engineer of The Plant Studios 1988-2008
and Hollywood Central Studios (LA) 1984-1986
and Spectrum Studios (Venice Beach) 1973-1983
As Recording Engineer/Producer: I have recorded for many major artists and indy
artists in the genres Rock, Pop, R&B, Country, and Jazz and have had many #1 and “top ten” hit
records and Grammy Award winning albums. My past clients include:
Prince (Parade, Sign Of the Times, Batman, Graffiti Bridge, Crystal Ball, Rave Un 2 the Joy Fantastic.....)
Santana (Milagro, Santana Brothers, Spirits Dancing in the Flesh)
Michael Jackson (Somebody’s Watchin Me; Rockwell Album)
Beyonce (Girlstyme Album) (discovered, signed and produced her first album)
Paul McCartney (Flowers In The Dirt)
Starship (Love Amongst the Cannibals; produced two cuts)
Dolly Parton (Best Lil Whorehouse In Texas, Great Balls of Fire)
John Lee Hooker (Chill Out, Mr. Lucky)
For more details visit: https://www.discogs.com/artist/448136-Arne-Frager?page=1
MY PHILOSOPHY AND APPROACH TO RECORDING TODAYS MUSIC
• MY GOAL: TO PRODUCE GREAT NEW MUSIC THAT ACHIEVES THE ARTISTS VISION
• I work primarily with singer/songwriters and self contained bands that containsinger/songwriters; I record “basic tracks” with real musicians playing live in studio
• My focus is on great songs, powerful (or subtle) arrangements, and creating a vibe and comfort
zone in the recording studio that enables great performances
• Preproduction meetings to consider songs, arrangements, tempos, keys, which musicians, etc
• As recording engineer on over 500 albums I get the hit sounds that make your record stand out
• I record “basic music tracks” in one of the Bay Area’s premier studios. Overdubs and Mixing is usually completed in my private studio in Mill Valley. My recording medium: PROTOOLS HD3
• My requirements are simple: To give my best to your record I need to have
1. Strong Songs
2.A good rapport with the artist (s)
3. Session business completed prior to sessions
1-408-SONGS AR (1-408-766-4727)
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Tue Apr 16 '13 2:04 pmThe Plant Studios : Five Years Gone...
Hard to believe it's been five years since we moved The Plant Studios out of our long time Sausalito location!
Since then, Arne Frager continues to blaze new trails in mobile phone technology, while working as a bass player, producer and recording studio designer. Next show is at the Fenix in San Rafael : May 4th, 2013 - downbeat is 8:00 pm!
Thu Jun 30 '11 9:19 pmThe Plant Studios NEWS
Plant Studios CEO Arne Frager is working on the new Mari Mack & Livin' Like Kings album, The new single. "Holdin' On to the Heartache" is scheduled to debut on July 31st. More currently available for preview streaming and download at http://marimack.bandcamp.com
Wed Feb 02 '11 11:40 amFebruary DIRT : For the Love of Music !!
While we continue to rally the community to preserve The Plant's former location, The Plant Studios continues to lend its name to the Artsboretum project for the purpose of raising awareness about talented undiscovered artists while raising funding for music and arts programs and other non-profits.
Upcoming Events :
Tuesday, February 8th : Tammi Brown, Mari Mack & Livin' Like Kings $5 cover
Saturday, February 12th : Mari Mack & Livin' Like Kings, plus special guests. $10
Both nights, doors open at 7:30 - Show from 8:00 - 10:00 pm
1415 5th Avenue
San Rafael, CA
We keep our admission prices low to share the music and hope that you make a pledge to help the preservation effort. Thanks, and we hope to see you next week!
Wed Jan 19 '11 3:50 pm"DIRT" 1.2011
There are many "rumours" going around about the space formerly known at The Plant Studios - we continue to receive many inquiries from people regarding the fate of the building where amazing music was created - is it destined for destruction?
The music industry has shifted, the music world does not seem to need or want large studios to make music these days. Some say that the loss of this legendary icon of our cultural heritage would be a shame - others don't seem to care at all - say it is just a sign of the times.
Truth of the matter is, a multi room recording studio does not make business sense in Marin County. The artists who used this facility have moved on to build their own studios, our community's creative workforce continues to struggle to make ends meet, some eventually moving to LA or Nashville.
The Artsboretum plan calls for a purchase of the building, and a restoration of creativity to this unique space, for the common good.
If you would like to see a landmark preserved for a worthwhile purpose, join the effort to preserve The Plant's former location in Sausalito and restore it to a purpose worthy of its rich music legacy : The Artsboretum : a non-profit music arts incubator / center for conscious, creative collaboration! Make a PLEDGE for PRESERVATION of The Plant's former location in Sausalito: CLICK HERE TO PLEDGE .
When you click the link, your email server will "pop up" an email including our pledge form. Please enter the amount you would like to pledge and send the email back to us. We'll send you a confirmation and contact you when it is time to make your donation. CLICK HERE to make a tax deductible donation now to support the following :
- maintenance of our online presence (plantstudios.org, artsboretum.org)
- legal fees to recover missing gold and platinum records
- storage of artifacts, etc.
- operating expenses : phone, mailbox service
Have a question? Want to volunteer? Feel free to include it in the pledge email, or call us at 415.332.2755
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Wed Dec 29 '10 5:19 pmARTSBORETUM LIVE MUSIC APPRECIATION PARTY!
Join us on TUESDAY 1/11/11 for a beginning of the year appreciation party!
In light of these challenging economic times, we are keeping this event to the very affordable $5 and a one drink minimum, same as the usual Tuesday/Bluesday gatherings!
Please bring a snack to share! In keeping with our mission to use music as a vehicle for change, bar proceeds support The Belrose non-profit performing arts scholarships.
Location: Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA
1/11/11 - 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Music by Mari Mack & Livin' Like Kings, plus surprise guests
Tue Oct 12 '10 08:08 amTHRILL THE WORLD - SAUSALITO! OCTOBER 23rd !
Be a part of a worldwide Tribute to Michael Jackson... Get ready to Thrill the World with us again at Gabrielson Park on October 23rd - What is "Thrill the World?"
Thrill the World is friends, neighbors, and other local residents who will join together with thousands of other people around the globe to break the World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller! Besides all the fun, Thrill the World is involved in local fund raising. YOU name your favorite charity - and we'll share the proceeds!CLICK HERE TO REGISTER as A ZOMBIE DANCER - HURRY! REHEARSALS START 10/16
Fri Jul 23 '10 1:33 pmUpcoming Shows!
Arne Frager will be playing bass with his favorite bandMari Mack and Livin Like Kings on Friday, July 30th at Jazz & Blues by the Bay in Sausalito from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, join LLK along with DJ MYSTRI GARDNER, playing hits from The Plant Studios and beats from the Bay Area - for a Summer of Love SOUL Celebration at the Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive from 9-midnight!
Mari Mack and Livin Like Kings is Mari Mack on vocals, Arne Frager on bass, Rob RJ Franco on drums, Pat Duffey on Guitar, Wayne de la Cruz on keys, Doug Rowan on Sax, Cecil Kirkpatrick on trumpet - plus some very special surprise guests!
Tue Jun 15 '10 1:39 pmINDEPENDENT's DAY !
Join us on 4th of July in the Sausalito Independence Day parade - you may choose to dress as your favorite artist or depict your favorite album recorded at The Plant !
for more information, please sign up here: 4th of JULY
Thu Jun 10 '10 08:37 amJUNE 11th show at the new Sausalito Seahorse
Please join us at the Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, for another Livin' Like Kings show - an old school seven piece band with horns, fronted by a great singer.
Doors open at 8:30 and we go to at least midnight, maybe longer. Beer and wine served, BYOB, cover is only $5 for our friends and family. Just mention this at the door. If you need a ride gather up five more of your friends or neighbors and call 415-331-BUZZ.
Also: Mari invites you to wear RED, if you are opposed to the use of Methyl Iodide in CA. For more information on this issue, visit Artsboretum.org in keeping with our mission to plant seeds of change, there will be a "care corner" where you can learn about several non-profit efforts in our community, working to make the world a better place: Artsboretum, For the Bayou, Pesticide Action Network and RDSHP.
Sat Mar 20 '10 10:54 pmMarch - Random Dirt!
Thanks again to all of you who participated in our SOLD OUT "For the Love of Music" fundraising February event at Maria Maria in Mill Valley!
Artsboretum is having a Music Arts Meetup / Member Mixer Monday on March 29th - 6-8 pm at Horizon's in Sausalito so SAVE THE DATE! Join us to talk music and art $5 well drinks and 20 oz drafts, $5 appetizers (our fave - the fish tacos or Niman Ranch sliders with fries) Also, all bottles of wine are half price. Hope to see you there! Mark your calendars, because we'll be getting together every last Monday of the month! Just in case we have to make any last minute changes:CLICK HERE to send an email to RSVP SUPPORT IS GROWING!
Artsboretum is growing like crazy - now is a wonderful time to get more involved in your music arts community by applying to serve on our Board of Directors or volunteer! If you are interested in helping to preserve a precious piece of music history, preserve the art and craft of high quality recording and build a new music industry that is fair to artists and gives back to the community, please CLICK HERE to send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com - Thanks!
Also, we are steadily making progress towards our first phase seed funding goal and every little donation gets us one step closer to taking The Plant Studios' Artsboretum vision from concept to completion!If you haven't yet made a pledge for our IPO campaign - please visit HERE and check it out! ALSO here's a FLASHBACK TRACK for March: Elvin Bishop : Take a listen to this great recording - and if you buy it from our link below, a portion of your purchase will help to support the Artsboretum! Elvin Bishop concert at Record Plant on 26 Mar 75
Elvin Bishop was first introduced to the world music scene as a guitarist in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He remained in that group for the better part of the 1960s, before launching a solo career in the early 1970s. Based in the Bay Area, Bishop soon became a staple on the San Francisco blues scene, playing a number of clubs throughout the west coast. He is now a living legend, but still plays locally in the Bay Area...
Speaking of donations, we know these are hard economic times, but most of us still find time and funds to do some shopping for life's necessities and if you are one of the millions of people who shops online, please take a moment to visit our: ta daaa...
NEWLY UPDATED AFFILIATE STORE!
Online shopping is a great way to save time, money and gas - and If we are going to do some online shopping, a percentage of our purchases might as well be going to a good cause, right? Feel free to share the link with your friends! We are adding new store sponsors everyday - so bookmark it!
Thanks so much for your support - moral, physical and/or financial - it's ALL appreciated! See you soon - and 'til then
KEEP IT GROWING!
p.s. Tax deductible donations through our ONLINE DONATION LINK -- are always welcome and appreciated
Tue Feb 09 '10 11:03 amThanks for Your Show of Support!
The place was PACKED! Thanks to everyone who came out, watched online, and especially, those of you who donated to the cause! We are building momentum - and dedicated to preserving this landmark for future generations! JOIN US!
Sun Feb 07 '10 1:21 pmWEBCAST - 2/8/2010 from Maria Maria
To support the Artsboretum project - please CLICK HERE webcast is archived and we'll provide links as soon as we have them. Sponsored by Gershoni Sound and Live Venu.
Fri Feb 05 '10 11:44 pmArtsboretum Vision and Mission!
Mission: to preserve and celebrate our rich legacy; cultivate artistry to plant seeds of change.
The Plant Studios' Artsboretum project is rooted in our experience that music has the power to bring people together, bridge gaps to understanding and raise funding for good causes and awareness about challenges facing society. The Artsboretum project is committed to restoring an irreplaceable music landmark for a new era of creative service in the Bay Area and beyond.
If you care about preserving our rich music and cultural arts legacy, join us.
If you find yourself listening to 'classic rock albums, and wondering why music doesn't sound as good these days, join us.
If you want to take part in a grassroots renaissance revolution that combines the best of the old and the new, join us.
If you believe in the power of the arts to plant seeds of change, by all means, join us!
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Artsboretum is a project of the International Humanities Center, a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, contributions to Artsboretum are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Thu Feb 04 '10 6:53 pmTake Stock in the Artsboretum!
Wed Jan 13 '10 11:00 amKickoff Event: "For the Love of Music" February 8th at Maria Maria in Mill Valley
Join us For the Love of Music the kickoff event for our week long online fundraiser and awareness campaign for The Plant Studios' Artsboretum project.
As you may know, the Artsboretum project is the effort to build a music arts incubator in the former home of The Plant Studios in Sausalito. The iconic building has been closed for over a year now, and its fate is uncertain. "The time has come to ramp up the effort to raise the funding to purchase this landmark building," states Artsboretum founder and former studio manager, Mari Tamburo, "I've experienced first hand the inspirational power of this space, and I feel it is important to preserve its legacy for future generations. This project has huge potential to serve the community in many ways."
Maria Maria La Cantina is a creative collaboration between music legend Carlos Santana and Chef Roberto Santibañez. The restaurant was named for the Santana GRAMMY® winning song Maria Maria which was released on the album Supernatural. As you may know, that album was recorded in the San Francisco Bay Area over a period of a year and a half, and portions were recorded at The Plant Studios in Sausalito.
Reservations are required: 415-381-1070
Fri Jan 01 '10 7:13 pmHappy New Year !
Wishing you all a Happy healthy and prosperous new year filled with music, melody and musicianship.
Sun Dec 20 '09 2:50 pmArtsboretum's Latest Release - Birthday Suit
Mari Mack's cut of - Birthday Suit - SMOKES says producer Arne Frager, CEO of The Plant Studios. If you are looking for a song that puts a smile on your face and makes your toes tap, CLICK HERE to check it out. If you like it, please buy it - and tell your friends.
Thu Nov 26 '09 09:57 amTake Stock in the Artsboretum Project!
This is a call to action for all lovers of the arts, especially music!Now is your opportunity to become an Angel Investor by taking stock in the Artsboretum project!
for more informaton, please visit: ARTSBORETUM WEBSITE Share
Wed Nov 04 '09 1:31 pmHOLIDAY SHOPPING with a PURPOSE!
How would you like to have more fun during the holiday season? You can save gas and stress by shopping online, and every time you make a purchase after going through our Artsboretum Amazon affiliate store link, funding is raised for our non-profit projects! Please share with your friends!
Mon Oct 26 '09 8:52 pmMark a SPECIAL DAY in a unique way!
Celebrate two legends in one day - Meet us to see "This Is It" on Thursday, October 29 - at CineArts Marin 101 Caledonia in Sausalito - screening is at 7:35 - rumor has it there's a Thriller dance flash mob sometime around 7:00 pm...- get your tickets in advance on Fandango - oh - what's the special occasion? 37 years ago on this date - The Record Plant, Sausalito opened with a wild masquerade ball...John and Yoko showed up as trees....PURCHASE the THIS IS IT album from this link - help support the Artsboretum -
Wed Sep 16 '09 09:34 amBUY MUSIC or DONATE! Capital Campaign in FULL SWING Until Year's End
We believe that while the commercial viability for a commercial recording studio has diminished somewhat since the "glory days," that the need for music that speaks to the heart and soul of humanity is needed NOW more than ever. What better place to create that music than here? Believe with us. We can come together as a community to preserve our rich music legacy. Donate directly or buy music to support the Artsboretum project!
Sun Aug 09 '09 10:07 pmDIRT - August
JOIN us for Monday Movie Night - the TRIPS Festival, with special guest, filmmaker Eric Christensen - August 17th at the Bay Model 6:30 pm - 9:00- $10 donation to the Artsboretum project.
Fri Jul 03 '09 1:55 pmJOIN our MAILING LIST and STREET TEAM!
Thu Jul 02 '09 4:46 pmSUPPORT THE PRESERVATION EFFORT!!!!!
To add your name to support the Artsboretum music arts incubator project,
CLICK HERE TO SEND US AN EMAILand we'll add you to the list!
Feb 20, 2009, Justin Chase, Washington
I have visited the studio several times, and would HATE to see the site developed. I urge everyone who values the history of the music industry to sign this petition and spread the word that we may lose an icon and a place where incredible music was recorded.
Feb 20, 2009, Lynda Harding, United Kingdom
Feb 19, 2009, Wayne Gucker, Nevada
Music is the most important thing in my life and a lot of other folks, too. Removing the Record Plant would be like removing Abbey Road studios. A crime against the heart and soul. Please keep this sanctuary of creativity and freedom of expression.
Feb 18, 2009, Tambra Harrs, Georgia
Feb 18, 2009, Catrina Shipley, Missouri
Feb 16, 2009, Carl Herder, California
Feb 16, 2009, Anonymous, California
Feb 16, 2009, Dawn James, California
The arts are an integral part to the development of our communities,our cultures, our society and our world. Every effort should made to preserve it’s voice.
Feb 16, 2009, Louis-Virie Blanche, California
I have dedicated a large percentage of my creative efforts as an artist to honoring our/humanity’s local as well as global cultural heritage, in that a community forfeits its history by not expressing reverence to the people, places, accomplishments, and contributions that in essence provide/form the foundation for future generations to come. As it’s been said before, it bears repeating…If we don’t know our history, we jeopardize the destiny of our future. We must cherish our roots, for one never knows when a Katrina may come along, threatening to wash it all away, as a reminder to be thankful for what we have. Louis-Virie Blanche ‘09
Feb 16, 2009, Eric Van James, California
The Bay Area has a great and diverse music history. There are so many interesting things that make up its musical legacy. For example, I learned that Otis Redding wrote–the first verse of–’The Dock of the Bay’ while on a house boat in Sausalito!
Feb 15, 2009, Ross Hansen, California
This a important historical site in the American music world as we know it for the past 30 years.
Feb 15, 2009, Nancy Nichols, California
Feb 15, 2009, Chris Hunter, New York
The 70’s and 80’s laid waste so many great venues. There are still things left that are worth saving!
Feb 15, 2009, Maureen Dolan, California
Feb 14, 2009, Michele Georgeson, California
I grew up in Marin, I spent alot of time with these musicians. Please turn this amazing piece of history into a museum. I remember looking on record jackets just to see if it was recorded at The Record Plant because I knew it would be an awesome production.
Feb 14, 2009, Michael Rodriguez, California
Fleetwood Mac recording Rumors .Stevie Nicks partying in Mill Valley. Friend s working there ect, Great music coming from Marin.The DEA taking over. Definitely a Marin Historical land mark, so much musical history made there.
Feb 13, 2009, Scott “Phil Harmonica” Hickman, California
The Record Plant is an important historical point of interest for an entire essential thread of development in Twentieth Century American culture.It always occurs to us too late for us to conserve these treasures. This would be an investment in tourism. As the U.S. passes on as a major industrial economy, tourism and entertainment will be the Bay Area’s, no, America’s most important commercial industries of the future.
Feb 13, 2009, Andrew Boyd, Washington
Feb 13, 2009, Terry Morton, California
I recorded the drums for my current CD there. Lets keep it alive!
Feb 13, 2009, Hadi Al-Saadoon, Washington
Hey, I recorded there too! An important part of my younger life in California and the Bay Area music scene that I participated in for many years.
Feb 13, 2009, Anonymous, California
Feb 13, 2009, Jo Adell, California
Feb 13, 2009, Christine Troyano, California
Feb 12, 2009, Robbi Cohn, North Carolina
The Record Plant is part of Bay Area history, an integral component of what has made the California recoding industry so successful. Please help to save and restore this cherished landmark!
Feb 12, 2009, Gregg Montgomery, California
Please share a personal comment as to why this issue is important to you.
Feb 12, 2009, Peter Sears, California
I have recorded at the “Record Plant” many times since 1972, both as a band member and as a session musician. The facility has spawned a variety of musical styles over the years, and is widely respected as a first class recording studio throughout the world. I became friends with the studios founder, the late Gary Kellgren, after meeting him at a Rod Stewart session in London, England in 1972. The list of bands that have recorded at the “Record Plant” is impressive. Many of the recordings reaching number one on the Billboard sales charts. The “Record Plant” or “Plant Studios,” as it is currently known, is a valuable asset to the City of Sausalito, as well as to the San Francisco Bay area in general. With its internationaly respected name and rich cultural heritage, the “Record Plant” helps spread awareness of Marin County and its valuable contribution to the arts. The beautiful exterior woodwork alone is one of the few remaining examples of old Marin architecture. The “Record Plant Studios” is a Bay Area institution, and should be saved at all cost.
Feb 12, 2009, Daniel Friedman, California
The Plant is nothing less than a shrine to the rich music heritage of the Marin community. As such it’s destruction would serve to further diminish a vital aspect of the charm that makes Marin a very special place in the eyes of not only the Bay Area, but nationally and internationally.
Feb 12, 2009, Mark Rodriguez, California
Feb 12, 2009, Captain Toast, Virginia
Its about the Music - Save the Record Plant
Feb 12, 2009, David Sebastian, Pennsylvania
Feb 12, 2009, Vincent Di Biase, California
The Plant Studios/The Record Plant is a tradition that should be handed down to future generations.
Feb 12, 2009, Thomas Bockmon, California
Many of the most powerful recordings that helped shape not only the SF music scene, but the world have been recorded at the Plant. We owe it to future generations to keep it intact.
Feb 12, 2009, Dave Hunter, California
Save The Plant Studios, a vital Bay Area Music History landmark!
Feb 12, 2009, Anonymous, Florida
the plant is a legacy in the music industry and holds much importance for the industry. not only is the building hold historical value, but it’s design value is equally important of the era!
Feb 12, 2009, Dine DeMarlie, California
Feb 12, 2009, Karen Cashion, Virginia
Feb 12, 2009, Eugene Evon, California
The Plant Studios are an important historic site for late 20th century music. Period. The amazing creative output nurtured, caught and released is proof. Musical performance holds an intangible place in ears, hearts, minds and souls. The only tangible places where the musical magic comes together consistently are legendary venues and studios. One with a heritage like the Plant Studios in Sausalito needs preservation — more: it needs to be a living memorial where the creativity can continue to be conjured up. I feel lucky to have experienced some of that historic magic while it was in operation, and future generations of creative artists should have the opportunity to understand and feel the same sense of a “powerful place impacting performance.”
Feb 12, 2009, Anonymous, California
Feb 11, 2009, John Lee Sanders, Canada
As a musician and supporter of the Bay Area Music scene on countless recordings and Grammy winning CDs from the Bay area, I support the creation of making the Record plant a historical sight, considering the history of musical masterpieces in this place. I traveled to Vienna Austria at age 21, spent thousands of dollars to visit the birthplace of Mozart and the homes of Beethoven to see where their music was created. I”m now 57, and The music of the Bay Area holds the same degree of respect as the composers of the 1700s in Europe, and someday we’ll be glad we made this decision. My family has roots in Memphis, and we still regret to this day their decision to tear down the Stax Records building. Please keep our music history alive.
Feb 11, 2009, Michael Shrieve, Washington
A site of true musical history on a national, international, and most importantly on a local level. Preserve this treasure!
Feb 10, 2009, Anonymous, Florida
As the only remnant of the original Record Plants it’s important to preserve this small piece of it’s history. New York is long gone and LA is no longer in its original location.
Feb 9, 2009, A. Turner, Pennsylvania
So much of the most important music in my life was recorded here - don’t demolish history like this.
Feb 9, 2009, Leslie Jacobson, California
Feb 8, 2009, Amy Mulvihill, Maryland
Great pieces of art were made in this studio, in your city. You should be proud of this. Please save this building. Future generations will thank you.
Feb 8, 2009, Anonymous, Michigan
As not only a Fleetwood Mac fan, I am a fan of all music and we must do what we can to keep Musical History alive. How else are we to tech the future Generations of how some of the greatest artist made todays music what it is.
Feb 7, 2009, Laura Sanno, New Jersey
I am saddened and disappointed that such an iconic studio may disappear from the landscape. Please preserve The Plant and let the music continue!
Feb 7, 2009, Aaron Chioino, California
Feb 6, 2009, Mark Antonio, California
Feb 6, 2009, Steven Blumenfeld, California
having spent some time in the plant - i can say history permeates through the wood and doors…. this must be saved
Jan 26, 2009, Anonymous, California
This facility is an important part of music history and should remain available for future music education.
Jan 21, 2009, Anonymous, California
Jan 20, 2009, Manuel Lourenco, Portugal
Jan 18, 2009, Mark Slagle, California
All things must pass, but aren’t we obligated to preserve at least a couple of these institutions?
Jan 17, 2009, Tish Lourenco, California
Jan 11, 2009, Don Bassey, California
Jan 3, 2009, Steve Bastien, Washington
I can’t begin to count all the music I’ve heard over the years that has come out of here. It would be a shame to not preserve it!
Jan 2, 2009, Jennifer Gardner, Florida
Dec 29, 2008, Larry Tucker, North Carolina
Dec 27, 2008, Jody Rogers, Georgia
Dec 27, 2008, Tom Stevens, Indiana
American music history must be preserved carefully and respectfully.
Dec 27, 2008, Jeffrey Regan, Iowa
Don’t tear this place down, its HISTORY.. even to those that don’t live in california.
Dec 27, 2008, Jeffrey Kirby, Iowa
The Record Plant has great historical significance to the music and arts. It touched my life and I grew up in Iowa!
Dec 18, 2008, Crowbar Kangas, California
We need more musicians and less Republicans
Dec 18, 2008, Michael Macaluso, California
This is a genuine piece of Rock’n Roll history, not just for Marin County. SAVE IT.
Dec 17, 2008, Scott Turner, Wisconsin
Dec 17, 2008, Jose Rosa, California
There is a lot of history in this studio. I have heard countless stories about recording studios that start out, ” It is really sad what happened to…” Lets not let Plant Studios be one of those.
Dec 10, 2008, Baird Duschatko, Colorado
This place is hallowed ground for contemporary music, we should preserve its legacy!
Dec 9, 2008, Katherine Weiss, California
I was involved in the original building of the Record Plant and think it important to preserve.
Nov 28, 2008, Kent Foreman, California
Self expression is key to any democracy…
Nov 28, 2008, Jeff Pehrson, California
My group Box Set recorded many projects at The Plant and are well aware of the musical history that has been made there. It would be a tragedy to lose such a historic bay area landmark..
Nov 24, 2008, Kevin Chisholm, California
Nov 23, 2008, Matt Boudreau, California
As a current studio owner of a classic studio in San Francisco I’m greatly concerned that yet another developer with “grand ideas” is possibly going to come in and wipe away a landmark building that has a unbelievable amount of history and meaning to the Bay Area. It is vital we raise our voices and preserve the musical heritage that this building represents. Matt Boudreau producer/engineer owner of Broken Radio (formerly Coast Recorders)
Nov 22, 2008, Brenda Scott, California
In a time of impermanence, it’s important that we hang on to historical sites which represent our local culture. I have had visitors from as far away as New Zealand ask me to take them to The Plant Studios, so that they may have their photo taken in front of a site that brought them so much musical joy. On a more personal note, my son, and his local born and bred in Marin band, The Monophonics, recorded their first album there. Preserve The Plant!
Nov 21, 2008, Michael Thomas Candido, California
The Plant has a rich history of musicial success from artists like Fleetwood Mac who would record an album like Rumours at this historic site to The Alternative Band Deftones who would record “White Pony” As an Audio Engineer myself i find it very disturbing that our Audio history culture and commerical Studios would be going the way of the dodo, It would really be a big stab to the Audio Communtiy who has already Lost so many dear cultrual historic landsites
Nov 21, 2008, Justin Lieberman, California
The Bay Area Music community has a rich history and has impacted the development of popular music. The Plant Studios has played an integral part in the Bay Area Music history and is a facility that can not be replaced.
Nov 21, 2008, Marc Senasac, California
Having been inspired as a kid by the many great artists that recorded at the Plant in the ’70’s, I pursued a career in audio engineering and recorded sessions there myself during the ’80s’ and ’90’s. The Plant is an undeniable icon of American music history.
Nov 17, 2008, John Fielder, California
As a kid the plant was a force in Marins music scene, a scene that is fading away.
Nov 13, 2008, Holly Stephey, California
â€œTo stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.â€?
Nov 7, 2008, Marc Bowyer, Missouri
Oct 28, 2008, Elizabeth Van Emst, California
As a former Sausalito resident, I fully support this petition!
Oct 24, 2008, Seth Chapla, California
I’ve been there 2 times for mastering sessions with John Cuniberti. I can’t imagine the plant being gone.
Oct 24, 2008, Brett Van Emst, California
Preserve Sausalito’s colorful history.
Oct 24, 2008, Robert Hanratty, California
The Plant is an icon of Sausalito tradition and history. This iconic spot should never be allowed to disappear.
Oct 23, 2008, Anonymous, California
Oct 21, 2008, Anonymous, California
Oct 19, 2008, Erich Elleson, California
The Plant is a historic facility. And as a musician and artist it is important for the bay area to have places like these involved in the arts, as well as share in the history of music and our SF Bay Area
Oct 18, 2008, Veronica Page, California
It’s not only a Marin County /Bay Area legendary place, but legendary around the world with all musicians and music lovers. It would be very sad to see it go.
Oct 16, 2008, Linda Davis, California
Oct 12, 2008, Chad De Kruyf, California
Oct 10, 2008, Keri Wilson, Massachusetts
Oct 7, 2008, John Zona, California
I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to intern at the plant for a year and a half. Just walking into The Plant, you get a sense of rich history and feel the potential of exciting things to come. The Plant is truly a special place, a place of rich and interesting architectural detail, infused with the spirits of the many artists and staff that have walked its corridors. Please preserve this piece of history - there is truly no other place like it.
Oct 7, 2008, Rusty Stephey, California
Music is my life, my love and my religion. Through Music - Spirituality you and “we” shall live together!
Oct 4, 2008, Elizabeth Atwater, California
Oct 4, 2008, Lari McNew, Nebraska
Sausalito’s arts community brings income and interest to the city and to surrounding communities. It makes sense that members of that community would want to give back. In giving back, they also ensure that there is an arts community for future commerce, and for the cultural benefit of future generations. Marin county is not insulated from cultural erosion, and the preservation of this historic physical location can ensure that The Plant’s contributions to the cultural wealth of people all over the world are neither forgotten, nor forsaken.
Oct 2, 2008, Art Adams, California
The Plant Studios has such a great legacy that it should be preserved. It is an icon of numerous important musical artists during our time and serves as an inspiration for future generations.
Oct 1, 2008, Daniel Levitin, Canada
I recorded there throughout the 80s and loved its legacy. We already lost The Automatt - let’s not lose this one too.
Oct 1, 2008, John Chowning, California
The Plant, imaginatively conceived, carefully cared for and imaginatively expanded in community function, is a historic facility that will ever increase in importance to the worldwide lovers of music.
Sep 30, 2008, Cassandra Flipper, California
The Plant Studios in Sausalito has been a very important place for musicians in the Bay Area and far beyond. Its role in recording the music of many of America’s legendary artists requires that it be preserved as a historic building for the use and education of musicians for generations to come. Music heals. Music inspires. Don’t let the Plant disappear from the planet!
Sep 30, 2008, Darren Mar-Elia, California
I got a chance to visit the Plant last Fall for a high school reunion. I had not been aware of it before and was blown away by the music history that was made there. As it was, I got to see Ronnie Montrose and others jam at the party and it was totally cool. Let’s keep this landmark standing and making music!
Sep 29, 2008, Ezra Crowley, California
It’s disgusting to me that a recording studio which is considered by many to be one of the Bay Area’s most precious landmarks could even be evicted!! Sausalito will be a FAR more boring place without the Plant, and a city that allows it’s most unique gems to be turned into condos will soon have nothing unique left to offer.
Sep 29, 2008, Danny Uzilevsky, California
We still need quality good “old fashioned” recording studios! You can do a lot of great things in your garage these days, but it’s important to have an place to set up a whole band and play the songs you’ve rehearsed for months/years. The Plant is not just an amazing recording studio, as well as an incredible creative environment. It would be a shame to lose the plant, not only for the history that has passed through there, but the history that has yet to come…
Sep 29, 2008, Sheila Whitescarver, California
I love music.
Sep 29, 2008, Thomas Graham, California
Please share a personal comment as to why this issue is important to you.
Sep 27, 2008, Amie Penwell, California
I am a songwriter in he Marin County. Though I have never had the pleasure of recording at The Plant, I do believe that if I were to have had a supportive incubation place to build a strong supportive music community and learn the process of creating a career in music I would have felt less isolated and alone as an independent artist. Let me know how I can help. Amie Penwell http://www.amiepenwell.net
Sep 27, 2008, Anonymous, California
Sep 25, 2008, Ron Robinson, New York
When I graduated from college and recording school I took my income tax return and what little I had and packed my car to move to San Francisco so that I could intern specifically at Plant Studios. I had no second option or backup plan. I firmly believed that the studio’s rich musical heritage and the professional insight from engineers including Arne Frager and John Cuniberti would serve as the best foundation upon which to launch my career in the recording industry. I was never disappointed or wrong in my belief. The lessons I learned in my short time at Plant Studios continue to serve me to this day. I now engineer and manage the in-house studio at Atlantic Records in New York working with artists from the entire Warner Music Group roster. Plant Studio’s president, Arne Frager, showed interest in not only my potential as an engineer but also as a person and encouraged me to believe in myself, to never stop working hard, never stop learning and to be the best all around person I could be. This studio deserves to be preserved not only for it’s rich heritage but for it’s existing service to the recording industry and to all of the interns, assistant engineers, engineers and producers that have come from and will come from it’s hallowed control rooms. This industry and the nation as a whole need to be given hope that our dreams as people, artists, and as a nation can not only survive but flourish. The preservation of small businesses, historical landmarks and places of interest such as Plant Studios not only increase optimism in these dark days of foreclosures and evictions but also give our local communities their identity and distinction. The Bay Area has always been the birthplace of modern ideals, freedom and hope. Plant Studios is in many ways a cornerstone of the Bay Area’s world famous art and music community. Please keep the Plant alive. Thank you!
Sep 22, 2008, Jason Adams, California
Sep 20, 2008, Anonymous, California
music!!!!!! legacy! truth & beauty don’t sell out!
Sep 20, 2008, Melinda Watkins, Illinois
Sep 18, 2008, John Christopher, California
The Plant is a legendary place that deserves live on!
Sep 18, 2008, Aaron Johnson, California
It would be a travesty to lose such a gem of music history.
Sep 17, 2008, Genny Bailey, Florida
Sep 16, 2008, Holly Anton, California
Culturally, The Plant is the heart of the Bay Area musical heritage. While powers beyond most of our control have eroded the music industry almost beyond recognition, and there are few remaining symbols of music’s vital influence on our beloved community, The Plant is one “endangered species” that we can save. Personally, my husband has made his most lasting musical work in those beautiful rooms and it is hard to believe that he and other artists will never have another opportunity to have their musical gifts cultivated and supported as only The Plant could do! To let this unique Bay Area pearl drop from our hands is one stupid tragedy that should and can be avoided. Protect this place and make a not-so-small stand for the Bay Areas “endangered” musical identity.
Sep 15, 2008, Peter Jespersen, Denmark
if Sammy Hagar and Metallica(with my fellow countryman Lars Ulrich) has recorded there that to me is worth preserving:)and its also a musical landmark,and should therefor stay like one.
Sep 14, 2008, Kate Corris kingston, California
local music scenes are so important - and so disappearing! - to our communities. it would be a serious shame to lose this historic component of our own local music community
Sep 13, 2008, Doug Fry, Iowa
Way too much history being eliminated in the world these days. Time to take a stand and preserve at least a little bit. Many great artists such as Sammy Hagar have used this studio to keep us entertained.
Sep 13, 2008, Jeffry Taberski, Massachusetts
Sammy Hagar’s REDHEADS stick together for a good cause!!!!
Sep 11, 2008, Gerald Haussler, California
i never attended the physical location, but heard many broadcasts over KSAN. very fond memories indeed. shame if another music landmark has to bite the dust in the name of “progress”.
Sep 10, 2008, Reiss Zurbyk, Minnesota
Great internship opportunities would be available to many University students.
Sep 10, 2008, Lee Bothwick, California
This studio is far to historic to allow to be closed.
Sep 9, 2008, Dusty Wakeman, California
Preserve this piece of our cultural histroy! I just saw the film ‘The Wrecking Crew’ in LA, and am still shocked and saddened by how many iconic studios, like Gold Star, birthplace of the ‘Wall of Sound’, have been felled to make room for strip malls and parking lots. The Plant in Sausalito is an mportant piece of California’s history and should preserved as such.
Sep 8, 2008, George Johnsen, California
The music industry may be in shambles, but our music heritage is one of our most important legacies. The fact that the Plant Studios is the origin of many tunes that are now the soundtrack of many lives is reason enough to save it.
Sep 8, 2008, Musiccomposer .com, California
too many fine legacy studios are vanishing. hope you can save this one.
Sep 8, 2008, Angel Corpus christi, California
preserve sausalito’s history! dont wipe it out!
Sep 8, 2008, Joseph Chiccarelli, California
Having been a part of at least a dozen albums that have been recorded or mixed at The Plant in my career. These have been some of the most creative and successful moments.
Sep 6, 2008, Robert Bailey, Indiana
Some of historys greatest records have been cut at the Record Plant. To destroy it would be a huge mistake. We need to preserve these wonderful acoustic spaces or soon there won’t be any left! You CANNOT get the same sounds recording in a converted bedroom!
Sep 4, 2008, Eileen Callahan, California
The Plant is a fantastic building, legacy, and cultural necessity. Have you ever been inside the Plant???? It is Alice in Wonderland meets the sound board. Please save the Plant! Eileen M. Callaha
Sep 1, 2008, Jeremy Harris, California
Please do what you can to preserve this culturally important building. There is a lot of potential here.
Aug 27, 2008, Leslie Allen, California
I heartily support this petition and all it seeks to ensure protection of the Marinship waterfront distrist, its heritage, and its cultural landmarks of many colors and types. For 20+ years, I’ve had a studio in the neighboring Industrial Center Building, and I urge the City of Sausalito to do everything necessary to keep from selling its own heart!
Aug 26, 2008, Jonny Sculls, California
Growing up in Marin, I always felt privileged that I was surrounded by such beautiful and influential art, music and film. The thought of The Plant not being around anymore truly hurts my heart. Some of the most innovative and life changing albums were created there and Sausalito would not be as magical of a place if the Plant did not exist. Please save The Plant so that future generations of musicians can give us more influential art and once again, change and re shape the face of music.
Aug 26, 2008, Mark Paul, California
As a long time Record Plant/Plant Studios employee, the studios and the building they exist in have a special meaning to me. In addition, the facility has significant historical status, not only in the musical & recording industries, but in the local community as well and can NEVER be replaced.
Aug 26, 2008, Karl Hill, Massachusetts
We will be remembered by our art. This will be a priceless landmark and functioning tool for art. There are numerous ways to generate income from this historic place. Please think before acting to obliterate history. KH
Aug 26, 2008, Phil Miller, Indiana
The Plant is the Rock and Roll Hall of fame!!!The best studio in the world and should never close.
Aug 23, 2008, Lauren Sinz, California
Aug 22, 2008, Scott Theakston, California
The cultural legacy of this facility should not be lost. It is a one of a kind space and the music it has inspired effected millions. Considering all the blood, sweat and tears that went into keeping the studios running all these years it would be a tragedy if the weakened real estate market ultimately caused its demise. Please help save this important institution!
Aug 20, 2008, Kyle Biane, California
The Walls Halls and Rooms of the plant have been witness to all too many historical musical events. It would be a shame to see it go.
Aug 20, 2008, Monk Schane-Lydon, New York
Arnie and crew make music, music that lasts for generations. That building has magic.
Aug 20, 2008, Daniel Smith, United Kingdom
Me and my band the Noisettes recorded at the Plant in 2005- Walking into the building that has shaped popular music through the 70’s and 80’s is an awe inspiring experience- Seeing the love and attention in the intricate wooden interior features and feeling the magic of Studio B relatively unchanged since Fleetwood Mac cut Rumours in there. This cannot be lost at any cost- It would be cheating the community of the Bay Area of an important part of it’s Heritage- Dan Noisette
Aug 19, 2008, Clara Bellino, California
I am a recording artist/ singer/ songwriter /composer who’s grateful to have worked at the The Plant a couple times, and to have attended numerous functions in this uniquely beautiful building laden with awe inspiring musical history. It is one of a kind, it is unique in the Bay Area. It cannot be replaced or duplicated. The notion of that history being demolished is tragic to me. The building exists and I so hope those who have been elected to weigh this decision, strongly consider what a needed, precious and important treasure it is to preserve. And what a vibrant gift it would be to us all for it to continue to welcome and inspire all the musical creators to come, who need this kind of community space, and who benefit us all.
Aug 19, 2008, Anonymous, Colorado
Preserving musical history and using it to educate and nurture future artists and musicians is crucial! Save The Plant!
Aug 19, 2008, Prairie Prince, California
Aug 18, 2008, JEFFREY SMITH, California
Aug 18, 2008, Austin Willacy, California
The Plant is an incredible piece of musical history in the Bay Area. I’ve been lucky enough to record there on several occasions. Every time I’m there I’m reminded of its incredible legacy AND of the way they’ve protected that legacy while allowing it to evolve in conjunction with the changes in the music industry. Please do not demolish or redevelop the Plant.
Aug 18, 2008, Anonymous, United Kingdom
It is thanks to the plant that the world has been able to hear so much great music, and it is important for future generations that new music is made and and a studio such as this creates such a great vibe that it almost becomes as important as the songs themselves. As a visitor to the Plant from the UK within minutes of arriving we were made to feel very welcome and at home.
Aug 17, 2008, Biff Kittii, Tennessee
Here we go again :-/ “Progress” or invaluable history. Hopefully you guys will win out. Maybe if they leave it be you can change the name back to “The Record Plant”… …just a thought.
Aug 17, 2008, Mike Fraser, Canada
One the the flagship forerunners of recording history. This needs to be preserved.
Aug 16, 2008, Anonymous, California
This site is as important as the Marin County Government building. Not architecturally, but spiritually…
Aug 16, 2008, Lisa Tannenbaum, California
Aug 16, 2008, Drew Cribley, California
We recorded some amazing guitar tracks through the old marshall there. and we intend on going back! so I hope it doesn’t go away
Aug 15, 2008, Anonymous, California
Aug 15, 2008, Gaynell Rogers, California
The Bay Area is so unique in this country for it’s musical history and legacy. The Plant and it’s studios are a large part of this. To give future generations the arts and music education that we all have is vital to our future cultural landscape.
Aug 15, 2008, Tibor Olah, California
Stimulating and enriching the community with music is vital to the human spirit. An educational arts academy joined to this facility would help cultivate the young artists of the community. I would love to share my gifts as a music teacher to such a future project.
Aug 15, 2008, Becky Steere, California
We cannot lose another Marin County icon of our incredible music history
Aug 14, 2008, Dick Sillman, California
The Megatones are grateful to have enjoyed the honor of performing our music inside this hallowed, historic landmark of Bay Area creativity. We hope the current property owners and city council can appreciate the long-term value of preserving the legacy of groundbreaking artists past, present, and future who’ve enriched our culture with their gifts. It would cast irreparable injury on the souls of many to see this beautiful icon destroyed in the pursuit of financial gain for a few.
Aug 14, 2008, Paul Niedermier, California
We (Thriving Ivory) unfortuantly spent very little time at The Plant but we’re so happy that we got to be part of the legacy. The Plant is one of the last honest, classic studios around. Would hate to see it go. The world needs more places like The Plant Studios! Thanks for having us! Thriving Ivory
Aug 14, 2008, Shad Harris, California
Stinson Beach! ‘Nuff said…
Aug 14, 2008, Anonymous, California
It would be sad to such a bedrock staple of the bay area music scene go. We almost lost Sweetwater, lets not lose the Plant.
Aug 14, 2008, Suzanne Best, New York
My son was an intern at the Plant a few years ago. He shared his experiences with me which included meeting some wonderful performance artists. He has asked me to support this petition and keep the The Plant open!
Aug 14, 2008, Todd Tate, California
This place is a historical landmark. Demolition should not be an option.
Aug 13, 2008, Alec Emmons, California
There are two things in the world that cannot be gentrified and cannot be restored once they are gone: Cultural History and Heritage. The proposed Arts Center seeks to preserve both of these elements of The Record Plant as well as inspire the cultural thinkers of our future. No commercial development plan could retain both the space and the mindset that inspired some of the greatest artists and records in our modern history. Preserve the Plant’s Legacy.
Aug 13, 2008, Chris Manning, California
I live in Marin and The Plant is how I got my career start in the mid 90’s. The Plant and the incredibly talented people who walk through its doors are really A National Treasure. It is the only place of its kind to learn how to make hit records.. Recording schools cant teach you this, only assisting the pro’s in a world-class studio can. Please preserve this rich treasure that has given us so many hits, and memories….. music is the soundtrack to our lives. The Plant is where it starts.
Aug 13, 2008, Tycho Schipper, Netherlands
Keep up the good work!! I hope ‘The Plant’ wil last forever!
Aug 12, 2008, Nicholas Bruno, Massachusetts
There are few truly magical places you encounter in your life. The Plant is one of those places. You can feel the history as you walk the twisted halls, and it affects you. This is a place that needs to be preserved for future generations as a glimpse of what music can bring you. It may not be the most glamorous studio in Hollywood, but it’s not supposed to be…The building was built with passion and embodies the rock and roll dream. I think of my time at the plant nearly every day and the thought of it becoming just another piece of real estate is crushing. The world needs those truly special places, and once they are gone, they can’t be replaced.
Aug 11, 2008, Sara Novak, California
I grew up in sausalito. It would be a shame to let The Plant be demolished. I have fond memories of walking by the building on a daily basis. Being able to go in and see people recording and having a chance to meet people that were not famous until recent years. I think that thios building highlights just a few aspects of what I think Sausalito is…It’s an art town. By destroying this landmark you will be changing the dynamics of the town and the areas around. Being a teacher it is also a good resource for local schools and comunities; using it’s vast history to educate the area. That is why I think The Plant should be preserved.
Aug 11, 2008, Kevin Marlatt, California
Blue Bear School of Music whole heartedly supports the efforts to save The Plant. This important institution uniquely reflects and embodies the rich history of the Bay Area music scene.
Aug 11, 2008, Anonymous, Tennessee
I, myself, am a professional musician who thinks that our Pop culture of the last fifty years or so is important and disappearing in terms of places, artifacts and in some cases, awareness. Didn’t Joni Mitchell already address this issue all those years ago? “They pave Paradise. Put up a parking lot.” Liverpool tore down The Cavern Club to build a parking garage that never got built. Now their principle point of pride is The Beatles and their places of origins: The Magical History Tour, etc. Don’t make the same mistake. Respectfully yours, Webb Wilder
Aug 11, 2008, T.W. Cargile, Tennessee
This is a piece of Americana. The music that influenced a generation was conceived within these walls. It should be preserved as a part of our american heritage.
Aug 10, 2008, Darren Jennings, Ireland
I’m a sound engineer in training.Music is our most essential part of culturL PAST,it’s a record of a certain instant for a certain situation.Please keep this place alive because the music community is in more need of such a studio in the future than in the past, and look what it’s created so far.
Aug 10, 2008, Mitch Benoff, Massachusetts
If one thinks of the great recording studios of the world, the US, and especially the Bay Area, The Plant is what roles of the tongue. “Where did they record that album?… The Plant.” History should not be cast aside. Support this endeavor. Fondly, Mitch Benoff
Aug 10, 2008, Steven Fazio, Tennessee
Aug 9, 2008, L. A. Paul, California
I’ve known many of the musicians who’ve recorded at the Plant over the years and they’ve always said that there was something special about the Plant that couldn’t be duplicated anywhere else in the world. Great records, fantastic music, unbelievable parties all happened at the Plant (Record Plant). It is part of Bay Area and California music history and has to be preserved. Maybe it could be the home for the Marin Rock Museum. It’s history itself and has great studios and great sound for performances.
Aug 7, 2008, Matthew Henkel, Colorado
Aug 6, 2008, Steve Sodokoff, California
GR8 work you are doing.
Aug 6, 2008, Michelle Dragonetti, California
Aug 6, 2008, Jocelyn Kane, California
Please do the right thing and save the Plant!
Aug 5, 2008, Courtney Engel, California
Aug 5, 2008, Ed Dubreuil, Massachusetts
Any studio with a client list as influential and historical as that needs to be preserved!
Aug 5, 2008, Daniel Thompson, Massachusetts
Aug 5, 2008, Susan Rogers, Massachusetts
There are only a few studios in the United States that may be considered truly worthy of history value. The Record Plant in Sausalito is one of them, especially when we consider the Bay Area’s place in music history.
Aug 5, 2008, Steven Jamerson, California
Change Is destructive of the body that exists. Growth is good and necessary for continued existance. Don’t change the Plant, let it grow to it’s rightful place in history. I am a recording engineer who was fortunate enough to work at the plant just after its hay-day and i was blessed enough to have been trained by the world renowned Arne Frager. This is not just a historic monument to the music community but like Graceland a monument of historic proportions to ALL.
Aug 5, 2008, Joe James, Massachusetts
Aug 5, 2008, Jonathan Wyner, Massachusetts
Sites dedicated to the creation and preservation or our art and culture at a high level are one of the things that elevates our society and reflects our cultural values. We need to champion such places and the Plant is an excellent example.
Aug 5, 2008, Rob Jaczko, Massachusetts
Aug 5, 2008, Jennifer Gotti, California
Aug 5, 2008, Barbara Ish, California
Aug 5, 2008, Zachary Wilson, Maryland
Please don’t tear down one of the studios that was the shape for some of the greatest music of the 20th century.
Aug 4, 2008, Alice Young, California
Aug 3, 2008, Anonymous, California
This is a top-notch facility with rich history of producing some of the greatest music of the last 20 years. I had the pleasure to record there several years back and had the greatest experience.
Aug 3, 2008, Tommy Flummerfelt, Kansas
The Record Plant in Sausalito has been and is one of the most prestigious recording studios in the world. The heritage is incredible. The goodness for this planet that building has produced is not measurable. It would be a shame to lose it for any reason. The spirit of the Plant needs to continue to offer happiness for the people.
Aug 3, 2008, Jeremy Willer, California
Aug 3, 2008, David Farrow, California
I did some work at the plant quite a few years’ back, and the experience was meaningful. This place is a part of Marin’s rich counter-culture hstory, as well as part of Rock-n’-Roll’s counter-culture history. Not only should it be preserved and spared the ravages and vagaries of the real estate market, but the plan to open it up to more people sounds positive, too.
Aug 3, 2008, Anonymous, Massachusetts
Aug 3, 2008, Gretel Wittke, California
Aug 3, 2008, Tracie Sagara, California
This studio is a piece of music history that should continue to be in use and helping our children create music.
Aug 3, 2008, Mark Lomas, California
The Plant/Record Plant has historical significance that could evolve along the lines of it’s history into an art center. Where are all the wealthy musicians that benefited from this experience?
Aug 2, 2008, Pat Duffey, California
My first recording experience in 1973 at the Record Plant in Sausalito. I was a wee babe… such an experience. I have been back to record over the years. There is a place in my heart for the Record Plant. Such history… those stories.. I love them. I remember at a recording in the mid 1980’s, I was in one studio recording.. in the other was Rick Springfield. Ted Nugent was mixing in another of the studios… wow what a rush. REO Speedwagon had just finished a project… when we got there.
Aug 2, 2008, Bryon Schmitz, Wisconsin
Aug 2, 2008, Shawn Silva, California
Aug 2, 2008, Shannon Parker, Tennessee
Leave it alone. there are other areas to build the project.
Aug 2, 2008, Moira McGuinness, Delaware
Do the right thing.
Aug 2, 2008, Michael Waller, North Carolina
Aug 2, 2008, Anonymous, California
Aug 2, 2008, Michael Ribas, California
The cultural importance of The Record Plant is undeniable. Please let the space continue to contribute to the making of music in this proposed new phase of its existence.
Aug 2, 2008, Anonymous, United Kingdom
Aug 2, 2008, Scott Theakston, California
Aug 1, 2008, John Roussety, United Kingdom
This is history!
Aug 1, 2008, Anonymous, Mississippi
The Plant studios have been a large and invaluable contributor to the nation’s as well as the world’s musical heritage and culture and to disallow this to continue would be a heinous crime against the progression of the arts in America. Following this proposed course of action would not only tarnish our musical past but irrevocably inhibit the growth of our music in the future.
Aug 1, 2008, Meow Mie, Singapore
Aug 1, 2008, Chip Wagner, California
A facility such as propose is vital to the music and art community in the Greater Bay Area and the economic stimulus of the locality.
Aug 1, 2008, Nancy Novack, California
This is a landmark and it needs to be preserved.
Aug 1, 2008, Janette Gerl, California
Aug 1, 2008, Anonymous, Massachusetts
Aug 1, 2008, John Strohscher, Ohio
The history this studio has with all of the legendary artsits that have recorded there over the years. This place needs to be saved from demolition!!! It could be a mueseum, or historical landmark instead of the next fast food joint.
Aug 1, 2008, Jackson Haring, California
Aug 1, 2008, Michie Shiota, California
Aug 1, 2008, Ed Bailey, Texas
A music legacy is a terrible thing to waste. Ask Memphis, Nashville, Cleveland, and Austin. You cannot reclaim it after it’s gone.
Aug 1, 2008, Dennis Criteser, California
Aug 1, 2008, Kat Owens, California
Aug 1, 2008, Eric Easterwood, Utah
The Plant is is a musical landmark. Many classic albums have been recorded there. Please preserve musical history!
Aug 1, 2008, Susan Christmas, Florida
Aug 1, 2008, Kim McAllister, California
The Plant carries too much of the Bay Area’s music history to be demolished. The music created there wasn’t just a mass of notes, it was (and is) the soundtrack to our lives. Preserve the legacy; preserve the history. It means more to us than you realize.
Aug 1, 2008, Randy Walker, Louisiana
Aug 1, 2008, Kathy Cox, Texas
Three Words. RAISED ON RADIO!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 1, 2008, Debbie W, Canada
Aug 1, 2008, Kristen Bearden, Texas
Sammy recorded there….you can’t remove this. :)
Aug 1, 2008, Michael Leetham, Utah
Aug 1, 2008, Brenda Goodman, Indiana
I’ve loved the music of many artists that recorded their music at The Plant…save it!
Aug 1, 2008, Donna Castellanos, Florida
We need to keep this history.
Aug 1, 2008, Kelli Brown, Kentucky
It is a historical music landmark!
Aug 1, 2008, Tonya Ling, South Dakota
We must preserve historic sites!
Aug 1, 2008, Rick South, Iowa
Aug 1, 2008, B. Spence, Florida
Why get rid of a buliding that is so special to everyone? There was so much great music that was made there.STOP!Making way for new & KEEP the old.
Aug 1, 2008, Christine Walker, Louisiana
Aug 1, 2008, Sherrie Wiesmann, Indiana
It is part of music history & should be preserved.
Aug 1, 2008, Panther Panther, Texas
Aug 1, 2008, Sandra Brandenburg, Netherlands
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. Plato
Aug 1, 2008, Rob Roef, Netherlands
Music is my life!
Aug 1, 2008, Marike Timmermans, Netherlands
Aug 1, 2008, Jeanette Akers, California
Aug 1, 2008, Luc Kanis, Netherlands
Jul 31, 2008, Tina Young, California
Jul 31, 2008, Gerene Murphy, Canada
Jul 31, 2008, Anonymous, California
Jul 31, 2008, Anonymous, Texas
Jul 31, 2008, Cindy Andresen, California
Jul 31, 2008, Gun Bot, California
I’m signing this on behalf of Journey. BUT Raised on Radio Still sucks!!
Jul 31, 2008, Thomas Clark, Hawaii
“LIVE” from The Record Plant on Sunday nights (KSAN) was a staple growing up in The Bay Area….jeez Winterland and Bill are long gone…give us old guys and gals SOMETHING from our past…
Jul 31, 2008, Tammy Glaseman, California
My fave band recorded there!
Jul 31, 2008, Jenna Dawson, North Carolina
Jul 31, 2008, Anonymous, Texas
A piece of history!!!!
Jul 31, 2008, Mark Harrison, California
Jul 31, 2008, Kate Williamson, North Carolina
Jul 31, 2008, Rhiannon Ballard, Illinois
Jul 31, 2008, Don Williamson, North Carolina
Too much history to destroy
Jul 31, 2008, Richard Bethune, Texas
Such a historic landmark in music as this should be preserved and utilized. It would be a huge loss for the already suffering music industry.
Jul 31, 2008, Anonymous, Illinois
Save the Plant!
Jul 31, 2008, Dan Scropos, Illinois
Sometimes there are places that transcend bricks and steel. Looking at the lineup of artists and the timeless music created within The Plant makes it borderline criminal to tear the place down. One look at the voices and musicians that have echoed their instruments through The Plant’s walls tells me it’s worth preserving.
Jul 31, 2008, Carol Hewitt, South Carolina
Jul 31, 2008, Guy Karr, California
Save this piece of musical history!
Jul 31, 2008, Robin Pollack, New Jersey
I’m getting very tired of hearing story after story about demolishing history to make way for stupidity! No one wants this in their life. We want to preserve history as it’s important to the culture of America!!! Quit the development of buildings, condos, etc. that we do not care about! SAVE THE PLANT!!!!!
Jul 31, 2008, Marc Morozumi, California
I’d like to ask the developers, etc. to take a moment to remember what’s really important. Money rules all too often. What would happen if you let go of the dollar signs and embrace something that actually will provide sustenance and beauty?
Jul 31, 2008, Lora Beard, California
Some of my favorite bands have created magic while recording in this wonderful place. You can’t put a price on that. I’ve had the honor of visiting there several times and it is a very special place. The legacy of The Plant should live on!
Jul 31, 2008, Cyndy Poon, California
Jul 31, 2008, Erik Klein, California
We recorded in the plant studios last year as an unsigned indie band. They were amazingly helpful and professional to us even when we were just a bunch of dorks with music. I don’t think another place would have treated us this way. Please keep it alive!!
Jul 31, 2008, Denni Ames, Texas
For a place like this, rich with musical history, to have to place such a petition, shows the degradation of our artistic and musical well-being. Be supportive and keep the music playing for future generations.
Jul 31, 2008, Louise Glasgow, California
The thought of losing The Plant heightens the realization how important it is to fight to save it. I support the efforts to preserve The Plant.
Jul 31, 2008, Sunny Zetter, United Kingdom
This studio has turned out some great music, and i, like many others feel that it would be a great loss if it closed down.
Jul 31, 2008, Jan Seides, Texas
Jul 31, 2008, Michelle Jacques, California
I am a musician/touring artist and a conductor with Young Performers International/Oakland Youth Chorus, and I truly believe that we must preserve the legacy that The Plant has provided not only to the men, women and children of the Bay Area, but also the world.
Jul 31, 2008, Steve Savage, California
I made some wonderful records at The Plant. This is an important Bay Area resource for the music community!
Jul 30, 2008, Laura Mangano, Pennsylvania
I value the arts and culture in our society and hold its value highly. I support retaining our American history.
Jul 30, 2008, Ken Stollman, California
I’m all for preserving a very important part of musical history.
Jul 30, 2008, Alexander Jones, Illinois
I personally have a great affinity for the Plant. I scrubbed their kitchens and toilets, as well as the beautiful base boards in the curved hallway. It would be a shame that such a legendary studio fall by the way side. It has a huge history of musicians who are legendary, and it should be preserved for future generations of musicians and engineers to have.
Jul 30, 2008, Pamela Kane, California
This Historic Landmark is currently up for developers to destroy, what an absolutely beautiful and memorable building, is so hard to imagine. I agree completly that we need to give this to future generations for the creativity of music and the talent that will be lost because of greedy land developers who NEVER think about the future, only their pocket books and the bottom line. This must be stopped immediately!!!!!!!! Sincerely, Pamela Kane… 58 Atwood Avenue, 64 Atwood Avenue and 66 Atwood Avenue, all part of my brother & my holdings here in Sausalito left by my father Clarence Kane, and Joseph K. Kane. They would turn in their grave sites knowing that this exquisite & one of a kind Landmark could possibly be destroyed. Look at the many years of singing and talent that came from “THE PLANT!”
Jul 30, 2008, Valerie Aubel, California
Jul 30, 2008, Paul Liszewski, California
Jul 29, 2008, CHRIS SOLBERG, California
Dear Vehicle For Change, My name is Chris. You indicate The Plant Studios are in danger of being lost. I am a lifelong musician/songwriter in the East Bay. I have been a private music teacher for 17 years. I have within my roster of students a number of bright hopes and raw but talented creative souls that would benefit from a higher level of nurturing and experience. Networking and supporting each other in our efforts to broaden their musical & creative horizon’s is, in my mind, crucial to their development and understanding. It is my hope to help them evolve into artists with a broad and substantial foundations that understand their own creative flow and how to interact and relate to other in collaboration. How to craft songs that reveal their feelings, hopes, fears, likes, dislikes…you know what I mean. That combined with a healthy knowledge of the language of music, understanding of their chosen instruments, the care and use of their instruments of choice, the documenting/archiving of their musical ideas, understanding protecting and promoting their music, a sense of the difference and importance of ‘music’ vs the business of music and lastly the quickly changing landscape of the music business of today are all themes that young songwriters and musicians need help with. If I read your mission statement correctly these are themes you understand and appreciate. The Plant is undeniably full of musical history and heritage. It should be preserved for all to experience and absorb maybe a little bit of the magic that has happened there. I want to go on record as supporting your efforts to protect and save The Plant form being lost forever!
Jul 29, 2008, Joshua Kunkel, California
Jul 29, 2008, Jimmy Leslie, California
There is no place that can replace the Plant. I’ve recorded there and hope to continue to do so. The people at the Plant and the music made there are unquestionably a huge part of music history in the area. Please keep it so, and move forward with the green project.
Jul 29, 2008, Alexander Rose, California
Sausalito has very little of its unique history left. More office space does not help Sausalito.
Jul 29, 2008, Isa Foulk, California
My brother Terry Haggerty was an integral part of the musical heritage that came from the Bay Area. What was created in those studios at that time will never again be as pure and free, The Plant enabled many musicians to feel safe and supported with a standard of excellence in the knowledge of the engineers, the high standards of recording equipment that brought out the very best of serious recording musicians.
Jul 29, 2008, SUSANN MCMAHON, California
Jul 29, 2008, Carole sue Fiedler, California
save the integrity of live music and its history - too much is lost to capitalists. The Plant and its legacy have touched so many; contributed positively to so much. Developers: Lots of affordable land in and around FRESNO!
Jul 29, 2008, Barry Sless, California
Jul 29, 2008, Anonymous, California
I understand the importance and lineage that music recording and the studio experience brings to enhance the quality of many peoples lives.
Jul 29, 2008, Chip Yamada, California
The Plant is not only a historic studio, but is a treasure to the Northern California art world.
Jul 29, 2008, Sunshine Becker, California
Jul 29, 2008, David Davis, California
its part of our music history.
Jul 29, 2008, James DePrato, California
i feel honored to say that i have worked in the plant a few times. the hallways are filled with music history that has been created there. the idea of tearing that building down and building 5 or 6 more starbucks’ is just ludicrous. go develop somewhere else.
Jul 29, 2008, Ann Allen Savoy, Louisiana
Jul 29, 2008, James Reubin, Nevada
History is forever- shopping centres are temporary and insignificant. The Plant has too much history to be replaced by industry.
Jul 29, 2008, Mike Sult, California
I hope that the Marin community leaders have the wisdom to make decisions that are more based on important community and cultural interests and less based on some developer’s desire to build even more of what we don’t really need. (I’m sure there’s already enough retail shops just down the road)
Jul 29, 2008, Bonnie Simmons, California
Jul 29, 2008, Heidi Holtz, Illinois
Jul 29, 2008, Mark Behm, California
Jul 28, 2008, Lesley H, New York
Jul 28, 2008, Donald Ford, California
Jul 28, 2008, Anonymous, Pennsylvania
It’s a music landmark. Preserve it please.
Jul 28, 2008, Gil Payne, California
Jul 28, 2008, Maureen McCoy, California
Jul 28, 2008, Donald Eozzo, Pennsylvania
Jul 28, 2008, Elaine Cramer, California
Jul 27, 2008, Jeremy Lyon, California
The Plant not only has recorded countless internationally reknowned artists, but also helps out local artists not just with recording them, but also with working to develop them by coming to rehearsals, gigs, etc. This is a very special studio, and is important not just for the record industry, but for music history, and for the local music community.
Jul 27, 2008, Joshua Mosser, California
As a young person in the industry it’s so hard to watch many of the historic recording studios, that so many of us have dreamed of working at, fall into oblivion before many of us will even have a chance to set foot inside their doors. Please don’t let this studio go the way of the masses.
Jul 27, 2008, Josh Frager, California
Jul 27, 2008, Anonymous, California
With all of the history this place has, it should never be torn down!
Jul 27, 2008, Anonymous, Hawaii
Jul 27, 2008, Hessel Van Oorschot, Netherlands
Everyone ever been recording or visiting the Plant knows it’s a place with a lot of history. I visited the Plant last year with a group of 20 Dutchmen. We are still telling musicians and music fans about this experience. Please preserve this piece of our music history!
Jul 27, 2008, Anonymous, California
Save THE PLANT please.
Jul 27, 2008, Jake Baker, California
I have spent many, many hours working and socializing at The Plant Studios since the 1970’s. I consider it a monumental museum of rock history, and I hope it will be preserved as such.
Jul 27, 2008, Leela Pratt, California
The Plant is a living legacy. Preserve our heritage by supporting the Plant!
Jul 27, 2008, Kevin Lee, Washington
Although currently in Washington, I hate to think of my old stomping grounds loosing such a historic landmark. Untold numbers of people have been brought a lot of joy from the music produced at that particular spot on the planet.
Jul 27, 2008, DC Slater, New Jersey
Jul 27, 2008, Andreas Simon, Germany
Jul 27, 2008, RJ Phillips, California
Jul 26, 2008, Barbara Buckley, California
The Record Plant was an important and major part of the recording industry…it should be preserved for all to see and enjoy.
Jul 26, 2008, Garrett Van brunt, California
Jul 26, 2008, Ron Krause, California
A very special place that holds very special memories that should be preserved.
Jul 26, 2008, Corrado Rustici, California
Jul 26, 2008, Doreen Adams, California
Jul 26, 2008, Joshua Miller, Arizona
Keep the Plant ALIVE!!!!
Jul 26, 2008, Daniel Patrick, California
Jul 26, 2008, Anonymous, California
Jul 26, 2008, Joel Adams, California
Jul 26, 2008, Jesse Robeck, California
keep the plant alive
Jul 26, 2008, Sabrina Krauss, California
We need to keep as many live venues as possible, especially historic landmarks for blues and jazz! There are too many dj disco joints around w/ club owners who just want to make $ off the booze. We need live music appreciation, and to have it there for the future generations to come.
Jul 26, 2008, Jon Rochmis, California
I agree with Robert Loomis.
Jul 26, 2008, Scot Randel Skidmore, California
I am a MUSIC INDUSTRY REFUGEE, having worked in the studio 20 years and I have seen the real magic inside firsthand,that information needs to be shared,those walls need to be saved! Is it too late for our own History to be remembered! Have we all lost our ability to care about anything other than the Dollar.The plant is the bay area meca of music and culture don’t let it turn into a mini mall.. Written with love Scot Skidmore, Platnum,Gold recording/ engineer/Producer turned car salesperson!
Jul 26, 2008, Robert Loomis, California
Let’s act to preserve an important part of not only the Bay Area’s but the world’s music history!
Jul 26, 2008, Kathi LaValle, Pennsylvania
Jul 26, 2008, Colin Gleason, California
History is a strange thing. Music itself can seem magical, and fleeting. But it is made from the sweat and tears of musicians who want to be heard! And the Plant has hosted some of the best, it should be given it’s due and it should be seen as the history it is, and can still be!
Jul 25, 2008, Bev McKee, California
Jul 25, 2008, Steve Freund, California
The music must live on, forever.
Jul 25, 2008, Anonymous, California
ever since I moved to the Bay Area in 1975, i have heard wonderful stories and tall tales about the people, bands, recording sessions and just general goings on surrounding the Plant Studio. after having a chance to work and record in this fabulous facility and learn more full about its history it is far too important of a resource for the Bay Area to loose. SAVE IT!
Jul 25, 2008, Ron Sukenick, Indiana
Preserving all history is important.
Jul 25, 2008, Chuck Becker, Pennsylvania
Lot’s of great music has been made here so let’s help save the place!
Jul 25, 2008, Dawn Laurant, California
Plant Studios was an integral part of Marin and Bay Area music history for decades - it is important to preserve this local history.
Jul 25, 2008, Jason Godlewski, New Jersey
Jul 25, 2008, Ronald Logan, New Jersey
Jul 25, 2008, Toni Logan, New Jersey
Jul 25, 2008, Jeremy Lancellotti, New Jersey
Do what is right…save The Plant recording studio.
Jul 25, 2008, André Guy Condé, California
I had the unique privilege to tour the studio during last year’s Art Festival…I was blown away by the amazing music and the legends that have and hopefully will continue to bless this astonishing structure.
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Jul 25, 2008, Lisa Lancellotti, New Jersey
Every day important historical and cult
Fri Jun 26 '09 11:37 amThanks for the outpouring of support for our preservation effort!
Thank you for the support and donations that have been coming in since the IJ article - keep them coming - we still have a long way to go if we are to preserve The Plant's legacy for future generations!
Mon Jun 15 '09 10:10 amQUOTE #705
Feb 12, 2009, Peter Sears, California
I have recorded at the "Record Plant" many times since 1972, both as a band member and as a session musician. The facility has spawned a variety of musical styles over the years, and is widely respected as a first class recording studio throughout the world. I became friends with the studios founder, the late Gary Kellgren, after meeting him at a Rod Stewart session in London, England in 1972. The list of bands that have recorded at the "Record Plant" is impressive. Many of the recordings reaching number one on the Billboard sales charts. The "Record Plant" or "Plant Studios"... is a valuable asset to the City of Sausalito, as well as to the San Francisco Bay area in general. With its internationally respected name and rich cultural heritage, (it) helps spread awareness of Marin County and its valuable contribution to the arts. The beautiful exterior woodwork alone is one of the few remaining examples of old Marin architecture. The "Record Plant Studios" is a Bay Area institution, and should be saved at all cost.
Mon Jun 15 '09 09:43 amSEND US YOUR PHOTOS for THE PLANT'S WALL OF FAME
Do you have photos of a session you did at The Plant? Or a Halloween party you attended? Please forward them to us in jpeg format for a collage we are creating for a virtual museum about The Plant's contribution to American Music History...
Mon Jun 08 '09 1:23 pmMarin IJ ARTICLE on Preservation Effort!
Thanks to Mick Fleetwood's video, Paul Liberatore decided to do an update on "The Plant" - CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE and to post a comment in support of the Artsboretum project!
Sun May 31 '09 9:58 pmMari Mack Monday - June 8th - "Before the Music Dies" Screening and LIVE Music - JUNE 8th
Please join us for an evening of education, inspiration and celebration of our music community at BASS. Performances by Mari Mack & Pat Duffey, Suzan Z, Jesse Brewster and more. Suggested donation $5 - no one turned away for lack of funds,
but PLEASE RESERVE A SEAT - SEATING IS LIMITED
About the film:
Never have so few companies controlled so much of the music played on the radio and for sale at retail stores. At the same time, there are more bands and more ways to discover their music than ever. Music seems to have split in two - the homogenous corporate product that is spoon fed to consumers and the diverse independent music that finds devoted fans online and at clubs across the country.
BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES tells the story of American music at this precarious moment. Filmmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen traveled the country, hoping to understand why mainstream music seems so packaged and repetitive, and whether corporations really had the power to silence musical innovation.
The answers they found on this journey–ultimately, the promise that the future holds–are what makes BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES both riveting and exhilarating.
At the heart of BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES are interviews with musicians, industry insiders, music critics, and fans that reveal how music has reached this moment of truth.
Featured performances from a truly diverse group of artists - ranging from The Dave Matthews Band and Erykah Badu to Seattle street performers and Mississippi gospel singers show us that great music is always out there… as long as you know where to look. BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES will renew your passion for great music, and inspire you to play an active part in its future.
We will have a screening and discussion about this film and how it relates to our local music industry, and how we can continue to work together to provide opportunities for artists and our creative workforce.
Learn more about the Artsboretum music arts incubator project.
Wed May 20 '09 7:58 pmMick Fleetwood adds His Voice to the Preservation Effort
Mick Fleetwood stopped by for a visit when Fleetwood Mac came through town this week. 2200 Bridgeway in Sausalito opened as the The Record Plant, Sausalito on 10.29.1972 - Please join our effort to preserve and restore this building by donating to the Artsboretum project fund at the $10, $29 or $1972 membership levels.($10 - seed, $29 - sprout, $1972 - Cultivator)
Sat Apr 25 '09 11:00 amPRESERVATION EFFORT IS STILL GOING STRONG
The Artsboretum project is still gaining momentum. If you would like to catch up on the updates - go to visit PlantStudios.org
The only thing that is constant, is change - sometimes it happens slowly, and sometimes it happens seemingly overnight. One thing is for certain, if we ignore the changes occurring around us, one day we'll wake up and wonder "WTF happened? How and when did my wonderful diverse neighborhood filled with artists and musicians become a generic place, filled with shopping malls and chain stores, and office buildings that all look the same?"
I'd like to thank everyone who has signed the petition thus far in support of our plan of a new beginning for 2200 Bridgeway (former location of The Plant Studios)
I continue to work toward what I see as a win-win for anyone who has ever had the opportunity to make music in that space, and everyone who has ever boogied down or been blissed out by the music that was made there.
Due to the fact that the petition hosting site gives a lot of spam, I've closed it and moved the signatures from that petition to the non-profit project website. If you love music and don't have the capacity to donate to the cause directly, then tell your neighbor with the fancy car about this really cool project in the works and ask them to join this effort to build upon what is already a foundation of an amazing music legacy - for future generations.
Wed Feb 25 '09 9:13 pmRace to Preserve Our Music Legacy!
Can you run a 5K and help ask friends to donate to a good cause? Actually, you don't have to run, you can walk, skip, jump or roll your way through the course - all you need to do is sign up to participate! Join in the music community spirit and register for Artsboretum's Race for Rock and Roll
Please join us in our efforts to preserve the legacy of The Record Plant, Sausalito/The Plant Recording Studios through the Artsboretum music incubator project.
Mon Feb 23 '09 3:27 pmMari's Monday Musical Musings
I pose this question -
If I am the landlord of a building that houses a Whole Foods supermarket, does that mean I own the business, Whole Foods?
One definition of perception - “What one perceives is a result of interplays between past experiences, one’s culture and the interpretation of the perceived. If the percept does not have support in any of these perceptual bases it is unlikely to rise above perceptual threshold.”
Fri Feb 20 '09 4:46 pmBE ON THE LOOKOUT - STOLEN ITEMS
GOLD and PLATINUM RECORDS - property of A&R MUSIC d/b/a The Plant Recording Studios have been stolen. If you have any information, please call us at 415-332-2755 - thank you.
Tue Feb 17 '09 5:13 pmNew Merch!
Check out Plant Studios Gallery at Zazzle - every item purchased goes to support our efforts to cultivate a sustainable music arts community. Support local artists and help preserve the rich music legacy of The Plant Studios at the same time.
Tue Feb 10 '09 2:15 pmARTSBORETUM Steps Up Preservation Effort
Due to recent developments, Artsboretum has stepped up the preservation effort for the former home of The Plant Studios. Please add your name to the list of supporters that includes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Monroe Grisman, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Hawken, and many more people who value this building's rich cultural legacy: CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION
Tue Jan 13 '09 09:44 amARTSBORETUM facebook CHALLENGE !
Ok - it's recruitment challenge time!!
From NOW until July 9, 2009 - the challenge is on!
Here's how it works - the top donating recruiter wins top prize - the best prize of all is our renewed music community and a bountiful harvest of inspired music/arts for everyone!
If you aren't already a member of facebook or CAUSES:
click here to join
be sure to accept the notification email subscription so you can stay in the loop!
Then donate at least $10, and start recruiting!
Here are some recruitment tips:
1) go to Causes home - and make Artsboretum your "featured cause"
2) invite friends - through the causes app
3) send your friends a message and include your recruiter id link - you can find this in your browser window when you are viewing the Cause - it will be really long and have recruiter_id before a large number
4) go to your friend's wall, click on the Causes tab and post an announcement to their profile
Thanks - and let's come together to make this happen
Our goal is 300,000 donating members, who each donate at least $10 -
there are 150,000,000 active users on Facebook - we can do this!
BY the way, obviously, our executive director is NOT eligible to win anything in this challenge, though she will be recruiting like crazy - the prizes will be announced soon - but start recruiting - Besides - the best prize of all is our renewed music community and a bountiful harvest of inspired music/arts for everyone!
Wed Dec 31 '08 4:41 pmLooking Forward to Better Days
As we say farewell to 2008, let's look forward to not only what this new year will bring, but what we will bring to the New Year. Love, Arne and Mari
Thu Dec 18 '08 11:16 amQuincy Jones for Secretary of the Arts!
Last night at the Book Passage in Corte Madera, Quincy shared his thoughts about bringing music education/appreciation back into the schools. Knowing that someone of his staure is working toward this goal, gives us hope - check out the VIDEO on Marin Local Music
Sat Dec 13 '08 10:12 amLOUISE GLASGOW JOINS ARTSBORETUM ADVISORY BOARD
We are thrilled to announce that Louise Glasgow has joined our advisory board.
With twenty four years experience in producing large scale events, she has been integral to the success of a vast array of projects, which include the Int’l Conference on AIDS, ESPN’s MLBPA Player’s Choice Awards; Big League Challenge, Bank of America’s Platinum Club Annual Incentive for ten years, the YPO Bermuda Family University Event, and Oracle’s 2000 iDevelop World Tour (23 countries in 26 weeks!). She was responsible for developing and managing the Creative Service Team at SportsMark for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and personally designed and produced three high visibility events for the USOC at the Olympics. Other events she has produced: The SunNetwork Conference, the 2006 Dwell on Design Show, and MAKE magazine’s Maker Faire in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2006, Maker Faire won the “Best New Special Event Award” beating Rachel Ray and Billboard Magazines new events. In 2007, Maker Faire won “Best Series of Events” for shows produced in San Mateo and Austin. In the course of her career, Louise has produced events in over 20 international and 22 domestic locations, solving logistical challenges that others have seen as insurmountable.
Tue Dec 09 '08 1:17 pmJoe Satriani Sues Cold Play for Plagiarism
Joe Satriani's lawsuit against Cold Play is making news. Coldplay denies the allegations.
Whether or not the plagiarism was intentional, a precedent has been established in the case of "He's So Fine" versus "My Sweet Lord." :
"With all the evidence pointing out the similarities between the two songs, the judge said it was 'perfectly obvious . . . the two songs are virtually identical'. The judge was convinced that neither Harrison nor Preston consciously set out to appropriate the melody of HSF for their own use, but such was not a defense.
Harrison conceded that he had heard HSF prior to writing MSL, and therefore, his subconscious knew the combination of sounds he put to the words of MSL would work, because they had already done so. Terming what occurred as subconscious plagiarism, the judge found that the case should be re-set for a trial on the issue of damages.
This ruling as to the copyright infringement was upheld on appeal with little comment. The appellate court noted that an infringement can be established when the holder of the copyright demonstrates that the second work is substantially similar to the protected work and the second composer had 'access' to the first work. Harrison conceded that he had indeed heard HSF when it was popular, thus establishing the second point.
Harrison's main argument on appeal was that it was unsound policy to allow a finding of plagiarism based on subconscious copying, as there was no evidence that he purposely appropriated the melody of HSF for use in a composition he claimed as his own. This position was rejected by the appellate court, which pointed out that the Copyright Act did not require a showing of 'intent to infringe' to support a finding of infringement."
Sat Nov 15 '08 08:44 amChi Cheng Showing Improvement After Car Crash
All The Plant Studios former staff (we are all former staff,) most especially those who had a chance to meet Chi during the recording of White Pony, wish him a speedy and thorough recovery. For more information, please refer to the Deftones blog: DEFTONES BLOG
Thu Nov 13 '08 2:18 pmSan Rafael Planners OK Marin Rock and Roll Exhibit
We are happy to report that te San Rafael Planners have OK'd the Marin History Museum's Marin Rocks! Exhibit. This project is especially dear to our hearts, because for the past few months, AV4C's founder, Mari Tamburo has had the pleasure of volunteering as a consultant for the exhibit. Our non-profit Music History Tour will include regular visits to the facility, with proceeds from our tours supporting music education to talented kids of limited means.
With all this talk about Marin's Music History, now is a great time to learn more about our proposed music arts incubator, The Artsboretum - which will preserve The Plant's former location in Sausalito - (pics all over this website) an icon of Marin's music history, while empowering future generations to make some music history of their own:
Fri Oct 31 '08 4:22 pmHalloween Weekend Happenings
In Lieu of hosting a Halloween party this year, we will be participating in the Marin Local Music Northbay Musician Mixer in San Rafael on November 2nd. Check it out!
Sun Oct 19 '08 08:36 amJim Gaines Joins Our Advisory Board!
Legendary producer/engineer Jim Gaines joins advisory board for the Artsboretum. We are thrilled to have Mr. Gaines a part of this effort to preserve our rich cultural legacy and cultivate the next generation of music artists.
Mr. Gaines credits include some of the most influential rock and blues artists of our time, and he is dedicated to imparting his vast knowledge to a new crop of engineers. Jim Gaines discography
Fri Oct 17 '08 09:25 amArtsboretum: A Vehicle for Change: AV4C
At the suggestion of our esteemed Advisory Board, our name now reflects our music arts incubator project - the Artsboretum: A Vehicle for Change: AV4C for short. Not that big of a change , just makes it easier to explain the mission.
Wed Oct 08 '08 8:44 pmNARAS Senior Executive Director, Merl Saunders Jr. Joins Advisory Board!
A Vehicle for Change is happy to announce that Merl Saunders Jr. has joined our Advisory Board. We are grateful for his support of the Artsboretum project, and to the expertise he will bring to the table. Merl was one of the first 50 members of our community to sign the online petition. His comment: "This is one of the last recording facilities within northern California that has for decades been the home of the bay area sound. Not counting the number of historic recordings that have taken place in those hallowed halls from musicians around the globe. Our community should rally behind keeping a business which can provide the musicians a place to keep creating the soundtrack of our lives." To sign the petition, or to learn more about the project, please visit: our non-profit website.
Fri Oct 03 '08 12:45 pmJOIN THE CAUSE ON FACEBOOK!
Thu Oct 02 '08 12:27 pmCHRIS STONE KEYNOTE WOWS 'EM AT AES!!
Yes, the very same Chris Stone who first opened 2200 Bridgeway at The Record Plant, Sausalito in 1972 - thrilled AES attendees with his keynote speech on opening day of the convention. This is very relevant to our Artsboretum project, as we aim to cultivate artists! Click here to Christopher Walsh's story in Pro Sound News
Wed Oct 01 '08 7:43 pmONLINE Petition is up to 635!
Please read the petition and add your support! The more signatures we have on that petition, the better the chance we have to succeed with our vision of a brighter future for our music community. ONLINE PETITION
to learn more about the plan, CLICK HERE
Sun Sep 28 '08 10:05 amWith Gratitude for Paul Newman
It is with infinite gratitude that we celebrate the life and work of Paul Newman, while we certainly enjoyed his cinematic works, we continue to be inspired by his philanthropic work. In fact, when listing our greatest life influences, Paul Newman is right there at the top of the list. Thanks, Paul, for starting a social entrepreneurship revolution, and for being a prime example of a life well loved and well lived.
Sat Sep 27 '08 10:32 amArtsboretum Capital Campaign Ongoing through December 31st, 2008
A certain little historic studio building needs your help if it is going to escape the wrecker's ball. Please keep sharing the news about the petition link and ask your friends and fellow musicians to show support for this world famous creative space, which represents a very historic past and has the potential to build a bright new future!
If you would like to do more, visit our merch store and buy a t-shirt or button! For more information on the plan to preserve the studio as a non-profit music arts incubator, visit: our non-profit website Thanks!
Fri Sep 19 '08 1:05 pmHmmm....
Some people tell us that we should drop the idea of trying to preserve a recording studio that is a symbol of the music industry of the past, that has no chance of thriving in this post pro tools world and just concentrate on the green art vehicle thing, because that is very timely.
Other people tell us that we should drop the whole green art vehicle thing and concentrate on just preserving the former location of The Plant Studios, because it is an important part of our cultural history.
To us, that is a lot like saying - You should only drink water and forget about eating food. - We say, - Why impose limitations on people, especially when it involves creativity?
Think about it - recording studios have always had cool cars in the parking lot - so now we want to take the former location of a legendary recording studio, reduce its impact on the planet, use underutilized spaces for other artistic and green endeavors and have cool earth friendly cars in the parking lot - instead of a gaz guzzling limousine, we can have one that burns waste veggie oil. We are making our own vehicle for change - a veggie oil burning truck turned into an art car that will hopefully inspire youth to think in a new way about clean energy. It fits! Remember - John Lennon had an art car, so did Janis.
Pop culture, especially music, has always had the power to engage people, especially youth. Think of all the amazing potential a project like the Artsboretum holds for our community.
We believe in music with melody and musicianship, in art that speaks, in respecting our planet. We believe in the convergence of art and technology, of music and technology, especially when that technology has the potential to reduce the impact that humans have on this planet.
We believe in engaging young minds. Are we REALLY going to let this opportunity pass us by?TIME is running out
Our vision is all about preserving and nurturing a place that intersects all these things, a place where creativity meets fertile ground. Imagine a creative environment thats combines the best of the old and the new and empowers us to shape a better future. It could happen, if we all work together to make it so.
Please sign the petition to send a message to developers that we do not want to lose this icon of our culture.
Get on the veggie bus - and we can all go for a ride!
Tue Sep 09 '08 09:06 amEverything That We Do...
Everything that we do impacts someone else, whether we know it or not.
The flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil can set off a storm in Texas. Physicists call this theory "The Butterfly Effect" to explain how the breeze produced by a butterfly's wings could set of a series of reverberations that over time have a tremendous affect on weather patterns thousands of miles away. Now imagine the impact of millions of butterflies...
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and most importantly:
If you haven't registered yet, please do so. We all have the power to decide the future of our nation and our world. Become an informed voter, and exercise your right to vote.
Fri Sep 05 '08 08:32 amPOWER TO THE PEACEFUL!!!
Michael Franti is a prime example of an artist using music as "a vehicle for change" and we would like to thank him and those before and beside him for their continued action and inspiration...Come to Golden Gate Park this Saturday, September 6th and join the thousands of people ready for peace - In the morning, we will be in the non-profit ZONE, representing A Vehicle for Change , and our sister non-profit, Vagaboom!
Fri Aug 29 '08 4:03 pmNorth Bay Bohemian Article
Many thanks to David Sason and the North Bay Bohemian for helping us to get the word out! His is the first article about the effort to bring The Plant Studios back to Sausalito as part of a multi tenant arts incubator. Our former location in Sausalito went to auction on 8/28/08 - Fortunately, thanks to a postponement, we have another month to raise awareness and funding - because it is scheduled to go back on the auction block at the end of September. You have the ability to write a happy ending to this song, and help usher in a new era for this historic cultural landmark: make a donation , purchase a t-shirt or button and/or sign the petition to support our Artsboretum project. btw: While the article gets it mostly right, Thriving Ivory is Bay Area based, and The Plant Studios had ProTools systems available long before the HD3 system was released, when Arne Frager and John Cuniberti were in agreement that the audio quality was nearly indistinguishable from the source. Anyway, that point is moot, since the rigs are no longer at the studio...
Tue Aug 26 '08 09:06 am600 PLUS! Please keep the petition growing!
The ONLINE PETITION is gathering attention from our community leaders - please sign and ask your friends to support our non-profit plans to restore a landmark of our music history, and bring it into a new phase of life as a non-profit music/arts center. If you would like to offer more help, please consider buying a "Bring the vibe back to Sausalito t-shirt" from this online store .
Wed Aug 20 '08 11:46 amBe a Part of the DRIVE...
You can take part in the drive to preserve and restore a legendary studio and help to give "Creative License" to the next generation of legendary artists to emerge from the bay Area by visiting our website and signing up!
Wed Aug 13 '08 09:59 amTO ALL FORMER VENDORS, CLIENTS
This notice is to restate that"The Plant Studios" is no longer operating at 2200 Bridgeway, Sausalito, and has not been since April 1, 2008. The personnel operating the facility at 2200 Bridgeway, Sausalito have no legal right to enter into any contracts or services using the name "The Plant Studios" "The Plant" "The Plant Recording Studios" or any derivatives thereof. "The Plant Studios" is not responsible for any debts incurred at that location since March 31st, 2008 or for services ordered by unauthorized personnel before that date.
Arne Frager is still the president and CEO of The Plant Recording Studios.
Fri Aug 08 '08 3:49 pmGet Some Plant Studios Gear - for a Great Cause...
Thu Aug 07 '08 4:42 pm550 - Keep those signatures and donations coming!
Not too bad, considering that our ONLINE PETITION is only being circulated by word of mouth.
Wed Aug 06 '08 5:46 pmIndie bands - Check out INDIE MUNDO
We found out about this cool NON-Profit service that empowers indie bands to distribute their music and keep 100% of the proceeds - you can even choose to support our non-profit in the process! Check out INDIE MUNDO and let us know what you think!
Wed Aug 06 '08 12:37 pmPacific Sun Names A Vehicle for Change a "Hero"
Now, all we need is some funding so we can get this MTNC project in play: Check it out! Please feel free to dig deeply, not cheaply, make a donation to our effort.
Tue Aug 05 '08 5:31 pmSongs for Tibet-The Art of Peace
Songs for Tibet - The Art Of Peace is a music album with contributions from number of musicians from throughout the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and South Africa. The artists include Sting, Suzanne Vega and Alanis Morissette. The album is an initiative to support Tibet, the promotion of peace, basic fundamental human rights, including freedom of speech and religion and the current Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso. Songs for Tibet - The Art Of Peace is a project from the Art of Peace Foundation in Washington DC. The Executive Director of the Art of Peace Foundation, Michael Wohl, is executive producer the album. Producer Rupert Hine oversaw the musical direction of the project.
Songs for Tibet - Art of Peace is being released to coincide with the start of the Bejing 2008 Summer Olympics on August 8, 2008. If you buy it from this
link, Apple will donate two cents to our own non-profit, A Vehicle for Change. Or, you can buy it from our Amazon store:
Fri Aug 01 '08 09:29 am500 plus!
We are amazed and humbled by the support from our community. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Paul Hawken, Bonnie Raitt, Monroe Grisman, Grahame Lesh, Felecia Gaston, Leela Pratt, and over 500 people have signed the online petition in support for our plan for the historic location where The Plant used to be. Keep those signatures coming!
Mon Jul 28 '08 08:46 amMonophonics Team Up With Think 13 for Kids' Arts Education - Saturday, August 2nd in SF
In the true spirit of collaboration, this Saturday, August 2nd, The Monophonics take the headlining spot in a show at Fat City in SF, which also includes Think 13. While they have very different music styles, both bands are considered part of The Plant Studios family. The show is for the benefit of kids arts education non-profit Vagaboom! founded by Think 13 singer/songwriter Dee Kennedy. Vagaboom is a project of the International Humanities Center, as is A Vehicle for Change (yes, we hooked them up - the more people supporting arts education, the better.) See? The Plant Studios is truly A Vehicle for Change. Oh, and yes - we'll be there as well.
Sat Jul 26 '08 4:03 pm400 and counting...
We would post the petition widget on the home page, but the way our site is set up, it keeps blowing up the code, so just click HERE to learn more and get to the online petition.
Thu Jul 24 '08 06:58 am300+
Let's work together towards a win-win for this facility and our music community. CLICK HERE TO SIGN If music be the food of life, play on. Shakespeare
Tue Jul 22 '08 10:12 amSUPPORT is GROWING - 250+!
Like a PLANT! Please add your name to the list of people who would like to restore the studios to their former excellence! Return The Plant Studios to this legendary location - so that it may continue to provide world renowned recording services, and to inspire and empower future generations to make some music history of their own.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PETITION Please forward it to your friends and colleagues, so they may also add their names to the petition.
Our comprehensive plan is a viable and creative solution to preserve The Plant Studios' music legacy and make a significant cultural and economic contribution to our community. With a combination of creative non-profit programming and environmentally aware and socially conscious earned income ventures, we have the vision, experience and determination to utilize this landmark of our music history for its best purpose.
Time is running out, so we need your help! Every signature helps to raise awareness, raise funds and to discourage would be developers from bidding against us for the property.
Our goals are to cultivate the next generation of legendary music artists to emerge from the Bay Area, and harness the power of music and the arts as A Vehicle for Change in our community.
Mon Jul 21 '08 09:50 amPreserve the Past/Rebuild the Future
Did you know that if every artist who either got their career start or recorded their breakthrough or comeback album at this studio decided to donate just ONE CENT per album sold to our non-profit, we would be able to purchase this building to protect it from demolition/development, install solar panels on the roof to reduce our carbon footprint, and still have enough money to fund about ten years' worth of local artist album projects through our Plant Studios Greenhouse "Budding Artist" Program? Plus, we could buy a fleet of alternative energy vehicles for A Vehicle for Change and produce fundraising CD's for every music education non-profit in the Bay Area! Obviously, the point we're trying to make is, those pennies add up! We doubt that we'll be able to go back and collect those pennies now, but you can assist our journey by either shopping at The Plant Studios Amazon Store by buying music at the iTunes store, or signing the petition and/or making a direct donation to A Vehicle for Change. We are on our way to raising the funds to purchase and preserve this property and take it off the commercial real estate market forever, so it can be cared for properly and used for generations of artists to come! We just need a more time and some support from our community! If you would like to buy a song that was recorded at the studio from
The Plant's iTunes Store
it would help! For EACH SONG PURCHASED after entering the iTunes store via one of these artist links, Apple will donate a whopping 2 cents to our programs.
Every time you enter the iTunes store from a link on our page and BUY a song or video, you get us a few cents closer to realizing our non-profit vision: To Cultivate a Sustainable Music Community! What exactly does the term "sustainable music community" mean? Well, we can go on for hours about this, but let's just say that it's a community made up of people who love great music and support each other's creative pursuits while doing our best to reduce our impact on the environment. It's a music industry where dollars are more equally distributed amongst the many artists making music, and music education and world class facilities are available to people regardless of ability to pay. We believe this will result in a more vibrant, diverse selection of music for the listener. We are driving this mission through A Vehicle for Change. If you would like additional information, just email us!
Thanks for all your kind words and support - please keep sending the good vibes toward the best plan for the past and future of our music community! Every signature helps the effort to bring The Plant Studios back to Sausalito as a non-profit!
ADD YOUR NAME
Mon Jul 14 '08 12:31 pmCALL FOR SOLIDARITY WITHIN OUR MUSIC & ARTS COMMUNITY
Now is the time for all of us who care about music and the arts in our community to come together to preserve this icon of our cultural heritage! Please sign the online petition in support of A Vehicle for Change's efforts to preserve the former location of The Plant Studios - a landmark of Bay Area music! Also, please ask your friends, especially musicians, to sign it as well, because our plan includes a not-for-profit incubator for independent musicians - the first band to benefit from our official "Plant Studios Greenhouse Project" - The Monophonics - are carrying on the tradition of Bay Area soul and great musicianship! While that was our first official "non-profit" project, it carries on Arne's twenty plus year tradition of supporting independent bay area artists! There is still a lot of confusion out there in our community about what is happening with the building where our business used to be located, but as of the time we last checked the public records, there was still a default notice on the loan on the building. If we are able to gather enough support out there in the community for our non-profit plan, there is a really good chance that we will be able to preserve this landmark of our music history and continue and utilize it to continue to cultivate the next generation of music legends to emerge from the Bay Area. So please take a moment to sign the online petition , so we can at least try to stave off the developers. We are working toward a win-win situation for everyone who has a stake in the past, present and/or future of a very special recording facility that many dedicated people have worked so hard to maintain. The actual business, The Plant Studios, is currently moving in some new directions. CEO/President Arne Frager has a track record as an early adopter of new technology, so please stay tuned for some very exciting projects he has in the works. Mari Mack (Tamburo), former studio manager and current Navigator of non-profit A Vehicle for Change, is enjoying some creative stress relief and healing by returning to her roots as a singer. She has an upcoming gig with "Powers That Be", a very funky jamband that has been described as "Aretha meets Phish": go check 'em out at Horizons in Sausalito, this Saturday night July 19th, and bring your friends!
Located on the water at 558 Bridgeway in Sausalito, Horizons is an historic landmark, formerly known as The Trident, and was Janis Joplin and Bill Graham's favorite hangout back in the day. Seems as if life is coming full circle.
Thu Jul 10 '08 10:52 am100 PLUS Signatures and Growing...
Thanks for your support! Keep spreading the good word, and help us reach our goal! It is the goal of A Vehicle for Change to protect and preserve this facility, so that it may continue to be the birthplace of award winning music, and to continue to be a haven for independent music artists and a gathering place for lovers of music and art. That really is what is most important here. The question is - how much does music mean to you?
To find out how you can help, please visit:
A Vehicle for Change's website
Tue Jun 03 '08 8:11 pmMusic: A Vehicle for Change
The Plant Studios is celebrating the Bay Area's rich music legacy! For every item purchased after you click on the widgets, Amazon will donate to A Vehicle for Change's mission to support our music community!!
Mon Jun 02 '08 1:20 pmGoodbye to Bo
Rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley whose signature beat influenced musicians from Buddy Holly to the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen, has died. He was 79.
Inspired by blues musician John Lee Hooker's classic "Boogie Chillen," Diddley used his violin skills to craft a guitar sound that laid the basis for the funk music of the 1960s.
He found fame in the mid-1950s with his signature song "Bo Diddley." Even among the first wave of rock music, the song stood out with its tremolo guitar, maracas and trademark beat.
Diddley's unique guitar playing and rhythm influenced generations of rockers from Elvis Presley to Bon Jovi. Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi made guest appearances on his records and Diddley played with the likes of The Clash and The Grateful Dead.
Diddley liked to help out in his local community in Florida. A father of five, he said he was deeply concerned about the direction of children in American society.
He worked with his local police department to warn teenagers about the dangers of drugs and gang violence. Diddley was still touring and making records in recent years, not least because he said he needed the money. His agency said public and private services are planned for this weekend.
Tue May 06 '08 10:57 amMusic History?
Many people seem to think that the best days of music in the San Francisco Bay Area are behind us. We think differently, and continue our efforts to provide opportunities for our local musicians to support themselves doing what they love - playing and recording music. While there are many more ways to record music these days, we still believe in high quality audio recordings of musicians playing great songs. Which is why The Plant Studios supports music education through A Vehicle for Change. Please help us support A Vehicle for Change at the Marin Human Race this Saturday, May 10th.
Fri Apr 25 '08 08:45 amIn order for a Plant to thrive
sometimes you need to move it to different environment, one with more sunshine and room to grow. That will give it a better chance to flower and fruit, and before you know it, you'll have plenty of harvest to share.
Think about it.
Thu Apr 24 '08 10:42 amTHOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Every Challenge Is An Opportunity for Growth
Every challenge is an opportunity for growth, be it personal or business. All around us, locally and in the world, we face daily challenges - which, depending upon how you look at them, can either defeat you or give you opportunities to get creative and solve your problems.
Mon Apr 21 '08 10:40 amCharlie Ayers Cooked It Up at Green Apple!
Chef Charlie Ayers cooked up a delicious, nutritious Indian flavored feast yesterday at the Green Apple Festival, while Scott Stender and Dave Hunter engaged in pre-production for our cookin' show project. Local filmmaker Eric Christensen was there to lend his experienced and Zen-like opinion. We also had fun watching Tommy Lee and Ludicris hangin' out with giant carrots and bumblebees. You should have been there!
Sun Apr 20 '08 07:38 amThanks for Your Support!
In spite of the windy weather, A Vehicle for Change exceeded our goals for our RECYCLE YOUR VINYL LP Fundraising Drive! Thanks to Gary of Mill Valley Music, and all the folks who came out to support the cause! We had so much fun, we will repeat this event in the not so distant future.
Thu Apr 10 '08 10:14 amRecycle Your Vinyl! AV4C Fundraiser - APRIL 19th - Mill Valley Music
Black is the New Green! Do you have any old vinyl records taking up space and collecting dust in your attic? Don't send them to the landfill - bring them to our for our Recycle Your Vinyl Fundraising Event On April 19th, which happens to be National Record Store Day! A Vehicle for Change is partnering with Mill Valley Music and industrial designer Jeff Davis to RECYCLE your old vinyl into fun, usable products, proceeds to fund our non-profit programs! Since the county is all abuzz about Marin's Music History - Donate an LP recorded at a studio in Marin County, and you will be entered into a raffle for some really cool prizes - Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase. Grand Prize is a chauffeur driven tour of Marin's music history, which starts in Sausalito at Horizons (formerly The Trident) and ends up at BR Cohn Winery for a free olive oil and wine tasting! Visit
The Plant Studios on MySpace
Tue Apr 08 '08 01:23 amSowing Seeds of Regrowth...
Mari Tamburo, Navigator of A Vehicle for Change, is compiling and scanning photos from The Plant Studios Archives for the Marin History Museum's upcoming Marin Makes Music Gala...
Mon Apr 07 '08 4:46 pmFor Sale, or Not for Sale???
Please join our mission to build a sustainable music and arts community -
DONATE Believe me, we are just as confused as you are...
Sun Apr 06 '08 4:06 pmThe Plant Studios Has Left the Building
Regarding Paul Liberatore's Article in the Marin IJ on Saturday, April 5th.
First, please allow us the opportunity to correct some misinformation in the article - The Plant Studios has not "changed operators" - Arne Frager is the CEO/Owner of The Plant Studios - Therefore, a more accurate description of events would state: The Plant Studios has been forcibly evicted from the studio's location. The headline should have read: "The Plant Studios Has Left the Building."
Please read the article and scroll all the way down past the maps to post your comments, please keep it positive and thanks for your support! |||...CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE...|||VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITY :We are recruiting volunteers to help gather signatures of support for our plan to form a multi tenant non-profit arts and green business center in Sausalito! This MTNC, will provide a nurturing creative space for non-profit arts and environmental organizations, where they can gather to share resources and collaborate on media projects.
While we are disappointed and shocked that we have been forced to move our administrative offices out of the facility on such short notice, we are happy to state that "The Plant Studios" is still very much in operation. We are not going out of business, have every intention to continue operating as we transition into some very exciting new content development programs. Our clients may still reach us at the same phone number with any questions regarding their masters or hard drives. Effective immediately, please address all correspondence to: The Plant Studios, 1001 Bridgeway, #144, Sausalito, CA 94965. Keep visiting our website for updates. We are still in negotiations with our former landlord with regards to future sessions in Sausalito; however, we are also investigating opportunities and prepared to take our business to an alternative location. MOST IMPORTANTLY, we have been informed by H&L Realty that our coveted former location at 2200 Bridgeway is currently FOR SALE and YET AGAIN AT RISK of being purchased by a developer AND LEVELLED...! Therefore, we remain focused on our efforts along with our non-profit partner, A Vehicle for Change in our CAPITAL CAMPAIGN. This for-profit/non-profit collaboration will ensure the preservation of this historic music landmark for future generations. || CLICK HERE to make a tax deductible donation to our CAPITAL CAMPAIGN ||
We are confident that our vision, experienced staff and comprehensive plan to form a multi tenant non-profit center within the space will enable us to continue The Plant Studios' 20 year tradition of service to our music, arts and non-profit communities, and are committed to our mission: to preserve, nurture and celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area's diverse cultural arts legacy, harnessing its power to drive social and environmental change.
If you would like to donate by check, please make it payable to:
IH CENTER/A VEHICLE for CHANGE and sent it to:
A Vehicle for Change
1001 Bridgeway #144
Sausalito, CA 94965
A Vehicle for Change is a project of the
International Humanities Center, a nonprofit public charity exempt
from federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, contributions to A Vehicle for Change are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Wed Apr 02 '08 3:21 pmNostalgia, or Germination?
Lots of buzz in the works about Marin's musical roots - could it be that the seeds of a new music community are staring to germinate?
Pronunciation[jur-muh-neyt] verb, -nat·ed, -nat·ing.
–verb (used without object)
1. to begin to grow or develop.
a. to develop into a plant or individual, as a seed, spore, or bulb.
b. to put forth shoots; sprout; pullulate.
3. to come into existence; begin.
–verb (used with object)
4. to cause to develop; produce.
5. to cause to come into existence; create.
By the way, Paul, thanks for the plug ! A Vehicle for Change mentioned in Marin IJ article.
Tue Apr 01 '08 5:38 pmPlease Take Note...
This notice is to restate that"The Plant Studios" is no longer operating at 2200 Bridgeway, Sausalito, and has not been since April 1, 2008. The personnel operating the facility at 2200 Bridgeway, Sausalito have no legal right to enter into any contracts or services using the name "The Plant Studios" "The Plant" "The Plant Recording Studios" or any derivatives thereof. "The Plant Studios" is not responsible for any debts incurred at that location since March 31st, 2008 or for services ordered by unauthorized personnel before that date.
Arne Frager is the president and CEO of The Plant Recording Studios.
Fri Mar 28 '08 10:19 amAnnouncing: "Cookin' at The Plant" with Chef Charlie Ayers!
A&R Music is thrilled to announce a production deal with Chef Charlie Ayers, and the development of an exciting new "music-centric" cooking show. Tentatively titled, "Cookin' at The Plant," the production will serve up a healthy heaping of delicious food and tasty licks, and feature recipes from both the rising culinary star and some well respected musician foodies. The "cookin' show" is the brainchild of Mari Tamburo, who first approached Chef Charlie in early 2007 with the concept. "Charlie and The Plant Studios both share a love for organic food and music - he 'gets it' - We couldn't imagine doing this show with anyone else." The show has been in development for over a year and "will definitely be worth the wait."
Thu Mar 27 '08 10:05 amPreserve the Past, Build the Future
That is our vision for a new music industry, starting right here in the Bay Area. Our plan to purchase the property has just as much to with building a new future for the Bay Area's music and arts community as it has to do with preservation of Marin's rich Music Legacy. The Plant offers the best of traditional methods, vintage equipment and new technology along with an experienced, pioneering staff of early adopters and inventors. Additionally, we are proud of The Plant's reputation for philanthropy through both the donation of studio time for various non-profits and school field trips, as well as CEO Arne Frager's personal donation of time, expertise and professional contacts to program the music lineup at The Sausalito Art Festival for more than 17 years. A Vehicle for Change was founded to expand upon that service to the community. Please join us in our efforts to preserve Marin's rich music legscy, while cultivating a sustainable music and arts community for the future. Music and the arts are the fuel that drives our vision -- our destination is a peaceful, more organic and socially just world. Get on the veggie bus by donating to our capital campaign! For more information on our programs, please visit av4c.org. The short story is that we aim to cultivate a community of socially conscious, well fed creatives.
Tue Mar 25 '08 06:48 amThe Plant Partners with AV4C.org to Preserve Studio's Historic Legacy
The Plant Studios is currently gathering private investors to purchase 2200 Bridgeway, its location for 35 years, thereby preserving its rich music legacy for future generations. This will lower overhead to strengthen the business, as we expand from a strictly studio services business to some very exciting content and artist development projects.
This plan is in keeping with our goals to retain jobs for our creative workforce in Marin, and continue to make this world class facility available for independent, emerging artists, as the current management has done since 1988. Expanding upon a 20 year tradition of service to the non-profit sector, The Plant is partnering with AV4C.org, which will co-purchase the property. The capital campaign will launch March 23,2008. The two entities will then work in partnership to continue to provide exceptional services to the Bay Area's music and non-profit communities. With such a crackerjack professional staff and socially conscious vision, it's a win-win partnership.
For more info and to make a tax deductible donation to the capital campaign, please visit www.av4c.org.
Wed Mar 12 '08 09:31 amGot Vinyl?
Do you have any old vinyl records taking up space and collecting dust in your attic? Don't send them to the landfill - The Plant is partnering with an innovative artist to produce some really cool and useful earth friendly products from old vinyl records! You may choose to either donate your old vinyl, or we can custom craft a product just for you! So, contact us to see if your vinyl qualifies for participation in this program! Proceeds from the sale of these products help fund our preservation, green restoration and non-profit programs.
Fri Feb 29 '08 11:47 amFebruary 29th - JAZZ as A Vehicle for Change
The Wayne Wallace Quintet
Friday, February 29, 2008 Doors 8:00 pm, Dance 8:30 pm
$20 advance, $25 at the door Bar proceeds benefit our non-profit, "A Vehicle for Change" Call 415-339-1390 for tickets
Stage Dor Performance Space
10 Liberty Ship Way, #340
Sausalito, CA 94965
Join us for a hot February night of Afro-Cuban Latin dancing at Stage Dor Performance Space with Wayne Wallace and his Latin Jazz Quintet!
Tue Feb 26 '08 09:57 amBuddy Miles 1947-2008
Buddy Miles, the rock and R&B drummer, who was the main attraction during the Halloween Masquerade Ball on October 29, 1972 (when this studio opened as The Record Plant Sausalito) surrendered to congestive heart failure at his home in Austin, Texas on February 26th. He was 60. In addition to his stint as a drummer in Jimi Hendrix' Band of Gypsys, his career included a gig as the lead voice of the California Raisins, the animated clay figures that became an advertising phenomenon in the late 1980s.
A massive man with a distinctive, sculpted afro, Miles hit his peak of popularity when he joined Hendrix and bassist Billy Cox to form Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, which the New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll called "the first black rock group." Miles had played with Hendrix on the guitarist's influential "Electric Ladyland" album released in 1968.
Miles was born Sept. 5, 1947, in Omaha. He developed an interest in drums at an early age and by 12 was playing in his father's jazz combo. Within a couple of years he was in demand as a session player and a sideman, working with top-name R&B groups, including Ruby and the Romantics and the Delfonics. According to the Rolling Stone encyclopedia, he played on the session that produced the Jaynetts' 1963 hit "Sally Go Round the Roses."
While playing with Wilson Pickett in 1967, he was approached by guitarist Mike Bloomfield, who asked him to join the blues, rock and soul group Electric Flag. Miles played on three of the band's albums before forming his own group, the Buddy Miles Express, in 1968. Next came his association with Hendrix.
Over the years, Miles recorded two albums with Carlos Santana, one of which went platinum, and worked with other leading music figures, including Muddy Waters and John McLaughlin. He re-formed the Buddy Miles Express in the mid-1970s and had a hit with his song "Them Changes."
Miles sang with Santana and got the raisin gig while working on an album at The Plant Studios. The popular television commercials for the California Raisin Advisory Board featured a quartet of singing and dancing Claymation figures with Miles, as Buddy Raisin, doing the lead singing covering Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."
The commercial's popularity spawned a million-selling offshoot album of remakes of rock and soul oldies, "The California Raisins Sing the Hit Songs."
Tue Feb 19 '08 5:08 pmThe Dirt: Vol. 2.08.01
Here is a quick report on our travels since our last issue of "The Dirt" :
-- 12/07: YPI Niners Performance
Together with Shaw Transportation and Albany Bowl, AV4C was able to transport 22 singers and instrumentalists from Young Performers International to their half time performance at a 49 ers game. We just received a wonderful thank you from YPI for our part in this successful event!
-- 01/08: AV4C Awarded Salesforce Foundation Grant
A Vehicle for Change was awarded a grant of 10 Salesforce.com Client Relationship Management licenses from the Salesforce Foundation. This grant has a retail value of over $11,000, but is worth much more to us! Salesforce's powerful tools will greatly increase our administrative efficiency and help to streamline operating costs.
-- 02/08: AV4C Founder, Mari Tamburo, Awarded Social Enterprise Summit Scholarship
Due to her plans to operate AV4C through earned income strategies, Mari Tamburo has been awarded a scholarship to the 9th Annual Social Enterprise Summit, which takes place March 9th through the 11th in Boston Massachusetts.
-- 02/08: AV4C Founder, Mari Tamburo, is Sausalito's Newest Rotarian
On February 14th, 2008, Mari Tamburo was inducted into the Sausalito chapter of The Rotary Club. Rotary International is the world's first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.
As you may know, I founded A Vehicle for Change to formalize and expand upon my husband Arne's tradition of service to the SF Bay Area’s music and non-profit communities through his work at The Plant Studios. After several years of careful planning and research, it is a joy to finally see the results of many hours of work, and I never could have imagined how this vision would be so well received by the community.
We hope that you will consider making a donation to our non-profit, A Vehicle for Change, in order to enable us to continue our work and expand our outreach into the community.
A Vehicle for Change is a project of the International Humanities Center, a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, contributions to A Vehicle for Change are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Checks should be made payable to: IH Center / A Vehicle for Change and sent to:
A Vehicle for Change
1001 Bridgeway #144
Sausalito, CA 94965
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Thank you in advance for your consideration, and please feel free to forward this information to friends and family who may also want to lend their support to our efforts to preserve Marin's rich music legacy and nurture the next generation of legendary music to emerge from the Bay Area.
Sun Feb 17 '08 11:01 amAV4C.org Rocks the Amgen Tour of California!
MON: FEB 18th 9:30 am -- The Plant Studios' non-profit, AV4C.org, sponsored by ROCK THE BIKE, will be supplying human powered delicious DreamCycle smoothies at the Amgen Tour of California Bike Expo - just look for the Big Tent in the Spinnaker parking lot!
Fri Feb 01 '08 1:29 pmNew Releases in Our Amazon Store!
Please be sure to take a look at our new upgraded Amazon store, and remember, each purchase you make through our store helps to fund our non-profit - A Vehicle for Change, whose mission is to drive positive change through music and the arts. Thanks!
Sun Jan 27 '08 2:30 pmAre You in Tune ALL the time?
If not - we found some awesome shareware Tuner programs - one is called Vocal Lab, which can actually help singers and horn players improve intonation. Try it before you buy it Tuning Software It works with Mac OSX 10.3.9 or higher. You have got to check it out! - Be sure to configure your computer mic - otherwise, you won;t get it to work!
Tue Jan 01 '08 4:16 pmHere's to GREAT 2008!
The Plant Studios staff wishes you all a very happy and prosperous 2008! Stay tuned for lots of new and exciting projects in the works - this promises to be the beginning of a very exciting new phase in the life of The Plant Studios, and for our Bay Area Music Community...
Fri Dec 28 '07 2:47 pmNew Year - New Journey
The word has been out for a few weeks that Journey is about to hit the road with a new singer, Arnel Pineda. While this legendary band was in for the past few weeks, recording their new album, we had the good fortune to get to know "the new kid.". He is a man with a heart as big as his instrument. Check out the story in the Marin IJ
Fri Dec 14 '07 1:11 pmShop Fair Trade for the Holidays!
There's still time for you to show your friends and family your excellent taste in gifts and commitment to fair trade. Shop at World of Good through this link, and you will also help further our non-profit, A Vehicle for Change!
Mon Nov 26 '07 1:48 pmThe Plant's Near Miss!
The Plant Studios Narrowly Escapes Demolition!
A little over a week ago, we received shocking news that the current property owner was about to accept an offer from a real estate developer who intends to level the building that contains The Plant Studios, so we sprang into action and responded with an offer of our own, which was accepted!
We are thrilled to report that we are now "in contract" to purchase the building, and are taking the necessary steps to ensure that this icon of San Francisco's music history remains intact, a vital hub of our creative community, and an inspiration for future generations of legendary music makers to emerge from the Bay Area.
Our plan is to convert the space from a sole commercial entity to a multi tenant, arts/green business incubator, sharing the space with complementary businesses and non-profits who want to join us in cultivating a sustainable music and arts community. Our non-profit, A Vehicle for Change, is driving this vision.
The music industry is at the dawn of a new era, and in addition to this world class recording facility, The Plant Studios has all the requirements necessary to design the new model: the experienced and skilled staff, a track record of identifying and supporting new talent, producing hit records, and pioneering new music technology (our CEO, Arne Frager, co-founded Liquid Audio.)
Additionally, we are already booking the studio into March of 2008, have several very exciting music based television and web shows in development, a presence in Second Life, and more.Staff morale is at an all time high.
We only have a short window of opportunity in which to make this happen, and are already overwhelmed by offers of support from clients, community leaders, investors and financial institutions who not only want to preserve this building's history, but also see the value of our vision of the future. If you have any questions or comments, email us
Are you agonizing over the approaching Holiday season? Well, fear not, music lovers, we have a solution (several, in fact!) To raise funds for our Plant Studios Greenhouse and A Vehicle for Change programs, we have opened up a few online stores! By shopping with our partners, you enable us to support music education for low-income kids, preserve and restore our music legacy, and help fund artist development in the Bay Area! All these add up to what we call a "sustainable music community."
1. A World of Good, which offers beautiful, eco-friendly, fair trade products...:
STORE. You can buy anything from this store and we'll get the credit: 2 cents per song! Just enter your desired selection in the search field in the upper right hand corner. (Sometimes you have to hit this link a couple of times before it opens up the iTunes Store.)
Expand your selection by clicking the "powered by Amazon" graphic in the upper left hand corner of our store!
4. Woodwind and Brasswind: Please bookmark these links and tell your friends about them! Thanks!
Tue Nov 13 '07 6:35 pmThe Plant Studios to Receive "Golden Spire Award"
We are being recognized by the Marin County Supervisors for dedication and service to the community on Friday, November 16th. We are very honored to receive this award! For details, and to share in this moment, please call 415-499-6290.
Wed Oct 24 '07 7:49 pmMonophonics voted BEST FUNK/Soul BAND in the Bay!!
Congratulations to the Monophonics, on being voted SF weekly's Best of the Bay for Soul/Funk band! Kudos also go out to Andrew Freid, engineer and producer, who first clued us in to the band's funky, souful roots and organic grooves! While The Plant Studios has a long history of supporting local talent, The Monophonics are the first band to sprout from The Plant Studios Greenhouse, our "official" in house artist development program.....If you buy their album, Playin' and Simple, from our
store, you'll be putting your "two cents in" to keep the good music flowing from the Bay Area!
Wed Oct 24 '07 10:27 amPurchase Some Music for a Good Cause: It Makes Good "Cents"!
Did you know that if every artist who either got their career start or recorded their breakthrough or comeback album at this studio decided to donate just ONE CENT per album sold to our non-profit, we would be able to purchase this building to protect it from demolition/development, install solar panels on the roof to reduce our carbon footprint, and still have enough money to fund about ten years' worth of local artist album projects, buy a fleet of alternative energy vehicles for A Vehicle for Change and produce fundraising CD's for every music education non-profit in the Bay Area! Obviously, the point we're trying to make is, those pennies add up!
Every time you enter the iTunes store from a link on our page and make a purchase, you get us a few cents closer to realizing our non-profit vision: To Cultivate a Sustainable Music Community!
If you would like additional information, just email us! Thanks!
Sun Sep 16 '07 3:40 pmEmmy Awards Show...
Pay close attention to the Jersey Boys performance. Those clicks and pops are claps and stomps!
Sat Sep 01 '07 7:20 pmA Vehicle for Change - Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, we're handing out smiley stickers to get everyone in the Summer of Love mood at the Sausalito Art Festival, then continuing the fun Sunday at GG Park at the SOL concert, then finishing up at the Blues and Soul Fest in Marin City on Monday. Stop by our booth, get a taste of a cold Jimi Hendrix Liquid Experience and a smile!
Sun Aug 26 '07 1:15 pmMUSIC is a Vehicle for Change!
Please visit: http://www.avehicleforchange.org
Sat Aug 11 '07 1:28 pmNo More Sweetwater? Say It Ain't So!
I first experienced The Sweetwater by seeing Billy Preston perform there about twenty years ago, and most recently, witnessed another very special night with Phil Lesh and Jackie Greene. Those moments will stay with me for the rest of my life. Marin's music community is already mourning the loss of this intimate music venue.
If I had a choice in the matter, the Sweetwater would remain in its current location, but if that's not possible, it will live on in the hearts and minds of those who have experienced many special moments there. While a new location will never be same as one we have known and loved all these years, the most important thing is that we create a new venue for live music performance -- we urge our friends to keep a positive outlook and work together to find a solution.
The situation with the Sweetwater literally hits home for us in two ways: we live in Mill Valley, and we understand how tenuous a situation it is when you do not own the building that houses your "business." For those of us who create and produce music, it's not just a "business" but a way of life.
As for what's going on over here, at a time where many legendary recording studios have been forced to close, we continue to work diligently to preserve the legacy within these walls. Our vision is that The Plant will continue to cultivate new artists, as it has done for many years, and will germinate a regrowth of a new, sustainable music and arts community -- one that values creative expression, musicianship and respect for our planet over the bottom line. Our non-profit, "A Vehicle for Change" will drive that vision. (Please scroll down for more info.)
The one thing we cannot do is stand idly by while the very core of our culture, livelihood and quality of life vanishes into history.
Mon Aug 06 '07 09:03 amA Vehicle for Change In First Gear!
Now that the engine is warmed up and some donations have started to roll in, we have put our non-profit program into first gear! We need your help in raising funds for our first veggie vehicle!
A Vehicle for Change is fiscally sponsored by The IH Center a 501 (c) 3 corporation. Those of you interested in making a tax deductible donation may send a check payable to "IH Center/A Vehicle for Change" If you would like to designate a particular project, please be sure to specify it in the memo space, and send it to: A Vehicle for Change 1001 Bridgeway #144, Sausalito, CA 94965. For more information, please visit AV4C.org or contact us at drive (at) avehicleforchange.org
Tue Jul 31 '07 11:39 amLiquid Experience - Capitalism with a Cause
If you haven’t heard of the Liquid Experience Group, you will soon enough. They’ve created a new product in the often turbulent energy drink industry to accompany a unique marketing strategy and company mission. In the face of initial criticism from skeptics who say they’re yet another company exploiting a famous name, the company has stepped up its efforts to explain their goals.
The Liquid Experience is, first and foremost, dedicated to supporting musicians in an industry notorious for leaving its former stars in the dust. To put its money where its mouth is, the company has teamed with entities such as MusiCares, In Ticketing, The Plant Studios and more, to evolve the cause. DMW sat down with Kelly Kalichman, CXO/Chief Creative of The Liquid Experience Group, to hear about the company’s strategy.
Read the entire interview here:
Liquid Experience Interview
Introducing "A Vehicle for Change" : a non profit endorsed by and based here at The Plant Studios! The title stems from the recognition that music is "a vehicle for change" in a child's life and in our world. Vehicles in our programs will all eventually use "plant based" and alternative fuels, therefore, each will be "a vehicle for change" in how we affect our environment.
Our first program, which is already in effect, involves supporting music education for kids and at risk youth. When we found out that a lack of transportation was/is the main obstacle in sending talented kids from Performing Stars of Marin in Marin City to a wonderful music camp run by Young Performers International in Tiburon, we helped to transport the kids.
Another program currently in development is a veggie oil powered vehicle equipped with a music history museum and mobile recording rig. This will offer up an a/v documentary of the legendary San Francisco music scene, and of course, will include some history of The Plant! While there has always been a public curiosity about this facility, opening up our studios to tours on a regular basis is not feasible nor desirable, as it would disrupt our "legendary vibe," interfere with our clients' very private creative process, and eventually eliminate our whole reason for being! That said, this program gives the best of both worlds: Instead of bringing more people to The Plant, we can, in a large sense, bring The Plant "to the people."
While not for hire as a "mobile musical history tour" the vehicle will travel to local elementary and high schools, to educate and inspire the next generation of legendary Bay Area music makers. At night, we'll use it to record local "budding" artists! Our goal is to germinate a renaissance that will not only revitalize our own music and recorded arts community, but will bring more vitality and diversity to American music (much like Sundance has done for independent film.) Stay tuned as we launch these artist development programs.
A few high profile, low impact fundraising events at The Plant and local theatre venues will provide the means to offer low or no cost world class music production services to verified non-profits, providing more opportunity for Bay Area's musicians and skilled audio personnel. This will simultaneously feed our creative economy and strengthen our non-profit sector.
As our revenue expands, so will our fleet, programs and services. A long range goal is to assist independent bands to convert their touring vehicles to run on clean alternative fuel. While this will help to reduce their collective carbon footprint, bands who choose to "go veggie" will have the added benefit of reduced operating expenses, which translates to more exposure for their music!
We've already set up strategic partnerships with The Jimi Hendrix Liquid Experience, and Effect SF, a special effects company that will provide visuals for our veggie fleet. Mollie Stone's Market has offered to provide used vegetable oil to power our mission, as has FISH, and we plan to approach more "fryers" in our neighborhood to do the same.
As we are just getting started, the potential for us to utilize this legendary studio facility for greater service to the community, without destroying the very essence of what makes it so special, looks very promising. However, we can't do this alone, so we need your help in raising funds for our first veggie vehicle! For more information, please visit: our website!
Sat Jul 14 '07 09:02 amSummer of Love!
Mari and Arne, The Plant Studios' "Mom and Pop," are getting married! The two met when Arne agreed to co-produce a recording project for a Zero spinoff band called Greggs Eggs. Arne heard Mari sing through that vintage Telefunken, and the rest is history! The wedding will be held this summer, in a small redwood grove in Mill Valley, along a path where the two have taken many late night walks. The reception will be at The Plant Studios! The reception, themed a "Summer of Love," is ""tie dye optional," and will feature The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, followed by the Monophonics, who are being cultivated in The Plant Studios Greenhouse, our newest in house artist development program.
Fri Jun 01 '07 10:30 amChange? What Change?
The current owner of the building, Michael Indelicato, has sold his E * Guitars store and will be moving in to share the space.
Meanwhile, The Plant Studios' experienced and highly skilled staff of audio professionals, headed by Arne Frager and John Cuniberti, remains true to our vision: to offer unparalled, world class tracking, mixing and mastering services to the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
At the same time, Mr. Indelicato promises that this facility will be experiencing some cosmetic upgrades, while we continue to adapt to changes in the marketplace. One thing is for certain: we will work diligently to ensure this building remains of service to our music and recorded arts community.
Stay tuned for news of the many exciting changes in the works...
Thu Apr 26 '07 10:37 amTurning the Plant Green
We are in a constant state of turning The Plant a BRIGHTER shade of GREEN. We already recycle, use recycled copy paper and paper towels when we can find them, use compact flourescent bulbs wherever possible, and do our best to use non toxic cleaning products! Now we are in the first phases of a true energy audit to see how we can convert to solar and wind power. Contact us with your thoughts and suggestions - thanks!
Thu Feb 15 '07 2:31 pmJJ back from NY!
Jonathan Jones, who crooned his way to Round 2 in the MTB4 tryouts in NY, is now back and ready to reclaim R&B in the Bay Area. Keep your eyes and ears open for JJ, because he has what it takes to make th eladies swoon...
Tue Feb 06 '07 9:06 pmJJ thru to Round 2!
Jonathan Jones (JJ to us) has made it past Round 1 of the MTB4 auditions in NY - Round 2 is tomorrow - stay tuned!
Fri Feb 02 '07 7:02 pmJonathan Jones is Big Apple Bound!
Jonathan "JJ" Jones, our favorite R&B crooner, is headed to NYC to try out for the latest incarnarnation of Diddy's Making the Band (4.) Someone contacted our studio, asked if we knew of any young male singers who could "make the cut" and JJ was the ONLY one we would even consider to represent! He is outfitted with a VIP wristband and ready to take on NYC as you read this!
Mon Jan 01 '07 6:49 pmHappy New Year!
As The Plant enters its 35th year of operation, the staff would like to wish all of our clients and friends a very happy and prosperous 2007!
Wed Nov 29 '06 10:26 amHappy Holidays!
The staff at The Plant wishes you the best of everything this holiday season...
Mon Oct 09 '06 4:30 pmAES Technical Tour a Smashing Success
We were literally overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by the tour attendees this past weekend - over 65 people crowding down the wavy hallway, listening to me go on and on about the history of this place. Everyone was so busy checking out Studios A, B, Garden and Mastering - no one even noticed my "Club Fed" t-shirt (a relic from our infamous past..)
Thu Sep 07 '06 09:07 amStorm Heads Home
You'll always be #1 to us, Stormy. Can't wait to hear more, you just keep growing, both as an artist and a beautiful human being.
Mon Jul 31 '06 2:10 pmSTORM WATCH!
Best of luck to Storm, who is rocking out week after week on CBS's Rockstar:Supernova show. We all are so happy for the long overdue exposure she's finally getting. We think she could save Rock and Roll! Check out her website at http://www.stormlarge.com
Sun Jul 02 '06 1:12 pmAs the Walls Come Tumblin' Down...
Well, one wall at least -- thanks to some great volunteers: Danny, Adam, Alex, Myloe and Phil, the wall in the back lobby has been removed -- the first step in our restoration of this historic facility! John Neff took some documentary video footage, so those of you who weren't here can get a sense of the adventure!
Sat Jun 03 '06 4:02 pmVince Welnick (1951-2006)
Rest in Peace, Vince. Words cannot describe the great sadness I feel at the loss of a great musician and a very kind hearted man. I first met Vince at The Plant on the "Gomorrah" session for Gregg's Eggs, and then had the honor of sharing the stage and some all too brief strange and wacky adventures on the road in CA, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. He always made me feel as if the time we spent together, whether it be playing music or just chatting, was precious to him.
I hear he made a lot of people feel that way. My deepest sympathy to Lori, Nancy and all who loved him.
Thu Jun 01 '06 11:26 amToday's Thought to Ponder:
Ever wonder why we put the dollar sign in front of a number and the cents sign after?
Think about it...
Thu Mar 23 '06 4:57 pmCongratulations to Bix Weir!
Congratulations to songwriter Bix Weir, who has been chosen as a finalist in the Great American Song Contest for his tune, "Maggie Will Make It." The song was recorded here at The Plant, produced by Arne Frager.
Sat Feb 18 '06 7:39 pmFranti Preps Album, Book, Film Releases
Two of the most pivotal and event-filled years in the life of lauded singer/songwriter Michael Franti will culminate in June with the simultaneous release of new studio disc with Spearhead and a documentary DVD and book chronicling his recent trip to Iraq. All three will carry the name "I Know I'm Not Alone."
"There's been times in recent years, where I felt like maybe I was the only person in this country who thought we should think twice before going off to war," Franti tells Billboard.com, explaining the shared title. "And there's been times when I've thought, 'Am I the only person who's concerned about the environment?' or, 'Am I the only person who thinks maybe we should be thinking beyond oil in terms of our energy needs?' But as I've traveled around the country and the world, I've realized that I'm not the only one who wants to move forward."
The CD will be the debut Franti/Spearhead release for Epitaph's Anti- label under a new worldwide deal and includes appearances by Pink and reggae riddim kings Sly & Robbie. The agreement with Anti- excludes Australia, where his work is licensed through Liberation Records; he will also continue to release material on his own Boo Boo Wax label, through which he has issued remix, acoustic and live efforts.
"Epitaph is a label that I've admired for a long time," Franti tells Billboard.com. "It's kind of like a record label that would be my own personal record collection at home: punk rock, hip-hop, and great, classic, creative music."
Produced by Franti and Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) and mixed by Mark Needham (the Killers), the album completes Franti's evolution from hip-hop-rooted MC to guitar-slinging singer/songwriter, a transition that was in progress on Franti & Spearhead's 2003 Boo Boo Wax/iMusic set "Everyone Deserves Music."
The artist cut several of the tracks with Sly & Robbie last year in Jamaica and several tracks at the legendary Plant Studios in Sausalito, while Pink adds her vocals to the ballad "One Step Closer." All of the material was inspired by people he met in the Middle East and the emotions they've experienced while enduring war and terrorism.
The trip ignited such a spree of songwriting that he's planning to release a collection of acoustic reggae songs next year as "Cool Water," although it hasn't yet been determined through what label.
The documentary, subtitled "A Musician's Journey Through War in the Middle East," was directed by Franti and screened at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival. In it he's seen performing with an acoustic guitar for children on the streets of Baghdad, dining in the homes of war-battered families, visiting U.S. soldiers, sitting in on a rehearsal by an Iraqi metal band and visiting double-amputees in a children's hospital.
"I went to Iraq as a listener," Franti says. "I just got tired of watching the news every night and hearing generals and politicians talking about the economics and the politics of the war, and never explaining the human cost of the war. I just wanted to go there and listen to people."
The film also follows Franti as he travels to Israel and the Gaza Strip, where he speaks with current and former Israeli soldiers; Palestinians who've had their homes bulldozed; and mothers of terrorism victims. The book, to be published by Los Angeles-based Palace Press, further documents the journey.
This year marks Franti's 20th year as a musician, having gotten his start as an MC -- first with the Beatnigs and later with Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, before founding Spearhead.
"It's been important for me that my music have direct experiences to quote from," he says. "When I first started, every song was angry, and every song was like F- the system. And now I want to write songs that reflect the whole rainbow of human emotions."
Sun Jan 01 '06 2:00 pmHappy New Year!!
Happy New Year -- the Plant will be turning 33 1/3 on February 25, 2006!!
Tue Dec 13 '05 12:10 pmHappy Holidays from The Plant Studios
The Staff of The Plant Studios wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy Holiday Season.
Tue Oct 25 '05 11:59 amMore on Hurricane Relief
We are in pre-production phase of a recording for Hurricane Relief. The work will combine the talents of many Bay Area musicians, and proceeds will go to musicians in need in the Gulf Coast area.
Mon Sep 05 '05 4:40 pmHurricane Relief
Please donate to the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and/or Second Harvest. There are so many people who need help...
Thu Jun 23 '05 1:49 pmRestoration Planning Begins
We are currently in the planning stages of The Plant's restoration! We are referring to entryways and hallways, of course. The studios already rock! (and swing, and funk, and.....)
Mon May 23 '05 11:25 amThe Plant HIts the Front Page...
You might have noticed the fact that The Plant hit the front page of the Marin Independent Journal last Wednesday.
We will continue to celebrate the fact that that this hallowed musical ground will not be turned into an office building complex, at least not for another 30 years...
Tue Apr 19 '05 7:04 pmPlans for The Plant
Lots of new developments going on here lately, too top secret to mention, but stay tuned for more details...
Fri Mar 04 '05 1:22 pmRain, rain, rain!
With all the rain we've been having, the garden outside The Garden is looking quite "lush" these days.
Mon Feb 07 '05 10:39 amSuper Super Bowl Party...
Thanks to Sonia dada for enabling our Sunday crew to enjoy a Super Bowl party to end all Super Bowl parties! Their 100 inch projection screen made our big screen TV look like a hand held by comparison. Do you think we can keep that in the A lounge for just a little while longer?
Mon Jan 03 '05 1:32 pmHappy New Year!
The Plant Staff wishes you a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
Tue Dec 14 '04 2:26 pmHappy Holidays!
The entire staff of The Plant would like to extend our best wishes for a happy, safe and fun holiday!
Tue Nov 02 '04 1:45 pmGET OUT AND VOTE!
The Plant Studios staff urges you to get out and vote today!
Fri Oct 22 '04 12:59 pmPlant Studios Tour for AES Attendees on October 31st
We will be conducting an open house tour for AES attendees on Sunday, October 31st from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Wear your AES badge for admission...
If you are coming from San Francisco, we recommend you take the Sausalito Ferry. Weekend service starts at 10:40 am, which will get you to Sausalito at 11:10 am. From the ferry landing, turn right and head north on Bridgeway. Enjoy a pleasant fifteen minute stroll through the quaint village of Sausalito, make a right turn onto Marinship Way, and we are the first building on your left as you go down the ramp.
Mon Aug 09 '04 11:27 pmGot Ten Inches? Of Hair? To Spare?
We are organizing a "Hair Harvest" event for Locks of Love, a great organization that provides wigs to children who have lost their hair due to illness. The event will be held in the not too distant future, with very talented hair stylists donating their time, giving free haircuts to hair donors. You don't have to be a musician, but you do have to donate at least 10" of hair to participate. Interested parties, please contact Mari (at) PlantStudios.com with "hair" in the subject line. If we don't get enough donors, the event won't happen! Perhaps you should consider trading that long 70's "do" for a new you! If you've the got hair to spare, consider giving it to a good cause.
Mon Aug 02 '04 6:01 pmVanity Fair Shoots in B
Photographer Max Vadukul and his team were in Studio B shooting for Vanity Fair.
Mon Jul 05 '04 2:00 pmHot Tub is Back in Action
The hot tub is primed and ready for some summer soaking...sorry, for clients only!
Sat Jun 26 '04 1:36 pmHeirloom Tomatoes Have Sprung
In addition to our inside Garden (studio) being a great place for mixing in surround or stereo , we are actually growing edible fruit in our outside garden. Out newest addition: Heirloom tomatoes! Hmmm, wonder what else we can sprout from seeds...?
Mon Jun 21 '04 12:48 pmPlants are in bloom!
Well our loss of fish has resulted in a plethora of bird visitors to our Garden...
Tue Jun 08 '04 4:42 pmSonia dada does it again...
Sonia dada packed the Sweetwater in Mill Valley for another surprise acoustic live show last night...
Mon May 24 '04 12:02 pmSonia Dada Surprises Locals
Sonia Dada, soul rockers from Chicago, took a break from their intense rehearsal schedule to delight new and old fans with a surprise show at a favorite local watering hole. Patrons of the No Name Bar on Bridgeway in Sausalito were treated to a lengthy melodic set this past Tuesday. The band is now off on the first leg of their NW tour, starting at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma on Wednesday of this week...
Tue May 11 '04 5:33 pmGone Fish(ing)?
Raccoons gone fishing have resulted in some gone fish. Studio assistant manager, Katrina Thomas, describes the carnage: "I came in one morning to check the pond as usual, looked around and thought, 'Wow, someone sprinkled glitter all over the patio' and then realized it wasn't glitter, but fish scales. It wasn't pretty."
There could be a silver lining to the missing goldfish story. Management has decided not to restock the pond, as the reduced fish population has actually improved the flow of the garden waterfall as well as the clarity of the pond water. Security has since been increased in the outside Garden area, so the four very frightened surviving goldfish are now expected to expire of old age...
Mon Feb 23 '04 12:30 pmNew Equipment Additions
Check out our equipment page...
Mon Feb 23 '04 12:13 pmChief Xcell Mixes Maroons
Producer ChiefXcell was recently mixing The Maroons on our SSL 9000J in Studio A. Sounds Phat!
Tue Feb 17 '04 1:28 pmEd Cherney mixes new Sonia Dada album
Ed Cherney was in A mixing Sonia Dada's newest album on our new SSL 9000 J console.
Mon Feb 16 '04 12:55 pmNew Year, New Console
We are happy to announce the addition of an SSL 9000J to our already great sounding Studio A.
Wed Aug 16 '89 9:03 pmTHRIVING IVORY - THRIVING on VH1...
Congratulations to Thriving Ivory and producer Chris Manning, on the success of the band's self titled release. Their video for their single "Angels On the Moon" is currently enjoying regular rotation on VH1. Please visit their website, and vote for them for Yahoo Music's "Who's Next?" Says drummer, Paul Neidermeier, after he signed our online petition, "...we're so happy that we got to be part of the legacy. The Plant is one of the last honest, classic studios around. Would hate to see it go. The world needs more places like The Plant Studios!..." In addition to being happy that the band is enjoying some much deserved success, we are all especially proud of Chris Manning, who started his engineering career at The Plant, spending many hours as assistant engineer to Arne Frager. Says Chris of his experience at The Plant, "Arne...taught me much of what I know today." Manning's thoughts on the studio's current situation as stated after HE also signed the petition, "I live in Marin and The Plant is how I got my career start in the mid 90's. The Plant and the incredibly talented people who walk through its doors are really A National Treasure. It is the only place of its kind to learn how to make hit records.. Recording schools cant teach you this, only assisting the pro's in a world-class studio can. Please preserve this rich treasure that has given us so many hits, and memories..... music is the soundtrack to our lives. The Plant is where it starts." If you would like to assist in our efforts to bring The Plant back to its Sausalito location, then please visit our non-profit website. And be sure to check out this really cool picture of thriving ivory...
Tue Dec 27 '88 10:01 amJoin the
Sun Apr 06 '70 6:20 pmAre You On or Off the Veggie Bus? CALL TO ACTION !!
Let us bring our community together toward the common goal of preserving this icon our Bay Area music legacy...At this most difficult time, we ask that you support our comprehensive plan to purchase the property and form a multi tenant non-profit center within the space as the first step to lowering our overhead and cultivating the regrowth of our music community. Under the leadership of Arne Frager since 1988, The Plant Studios has provided numerous school and scout field trips, donated world class facilities and services to many charitable causes, and provided invaluable mentorship and educational training in the recording arts, jumpstarting many careers in the music industry and making a positive impact on many young lives.
PLEASE ACT NOW - TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE - ||| SUPPORT THE PLANT STUDIOS - DONATE TO OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN ||| This is an amazing opportunity to shape the future of our Bay Area community and the cultural and social landscape of Marin County. Now is the time to let our community leaders know that we refuse to back down to developers that want to strip us of our cultural legacy. Even if you have never stepped foot inside this facility, it likely had a role in providing the soundtrack of your life.
If you are unable to make a donation, please read the Paul Liberatore Article in the Marin IJ and scroll down past the maps to post a positive comment of support to bring The Plant Studios back to its former location at 2200 Bridgeway in Sausalito.
|||...CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE...|||
Please express in your post that you value the contributions the staff of The Plant Studios have made to our community for the past 35 years and that you want their help to keep Marin vibrant by supporting our music, arts and non-profit communities.