About this project
In the 1960s, The Underbeats became one of the most popular bands in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Founder Jim Johnson left the band in 1966 after he was drafted to serve in Vietnam. When he returned in 1968 the band left Minnesota and relocated to Los Angeles.
In 1969 The Underbeats changed their name to Gypsy, landed the house gig at the Whisky-A-Go Go on The Sunset Strip and played with everyone who came through the club in 1969 and 1970. Learn about the band's bizarre coincidental connection to the Manson Family and follow them as they graduate from the LA club scene to full on arena rock.
Follow Gypsy's endless tours with The Guess Who and their four musically ground-breaking records that went almost completely unnoticed. This is the story of Gypsy and my quest to find out why they never gained the national attention and notoriety that their music deserved. We drop in on some former members to see who they are today and how music has shaped their lives.
Discover one of American Rock & Roll's missing links and find out how one original member, James Walsh, is still working hard to keep Gypsy's message alive.
Risks and challenges
All film interviews are already scheduled over the next six months. A prominent LA music historian and author is on board, and I'm also close to getting a couple other big names in music involved. We have a former Gypsy band member who lives in Texas and people from the St. Louis area, where the band achieved moderate success, also scheduled for interviews.
We have a lawyer on retainer should any legalities come up and I have partnered with two film companies, one in Minneapolis and one in St. Louis who are donating their time and equipment because they love the project and the music of Gypsy.
My four person crew and I have a combined 75 years of television broadcast and film production experience. At this time I see no challenges, but of course that may change. I am prepared for any bump in the road that may arise.
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