A poster for Blue Cheer and Jerry Abrams’ Head Lights at the Salt Lake Coliseum
Before he broke into the porn business with 1970’s Overdose of Degradation, Jerry Abrams was a fixture on the San Francisco psychedelic scene. As Head Lights, Abrams and his partner Glenn McKay put on some of the most fondly remembered light shows of the era, to the extent such things are remembered at all. Bill Graham gave Head Lights regular work at the Fillmore after the company dazzled the crowd at Monterey Pop. They did the light shows for the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Big Brother and the Holding Company, among others.
Between 1967 and 1968, Abrams also directed three psychedelic short films: Be-In, Lotus Wing and Eyetoon. The last of these, with its “Fuck for Peace” theme, pointed in the direction of his, uh, more mature work. But here’s Abrams’ first movie, which simply condensed the Human Be-In, held in Golden Gate Park in January 1967, into seven minutes of manic activity and brilliant colors, set to a soundtrack by Blue Cheer.