We were thinking about posting this on Treats And Treasure, and I may still… but here it is. Indeed a broadblasting of great importance that will help benefit the well that helps to nurture the Psylodelic Gallery.

It concerns the jacket worn by me (Jorma Kaukonen) on the cover of the 1980 LP, Barbeque King. Here’s the blurb from the Fur Peace Ranch Site:

Ever wondered what this jacket would like on you or better yet, framed among your collectables? This iconic jacket (still in pristine condition) that Jorma wore on the cover of the BBQ King album (1980) can be yours. The jacket was a highschool graduation present to Jorma from his mother, Beatrice. Beatrice had this jacket and a white, shark skin suit (now lost in antiquity) handmade by a custom taylor in Hong Kong in 1959 while the Kaukonen’s were stationed in the Philippines. You will notice that the plaids not only line up from the pocket to the jacket, but when your arms are at your side, the plaids line up there too. When Jorma wrote the title song for the album, Barbeque King…it starts out with a description of eccentric, sartorial magnificence. When looking for clothes for a cover shot, Jorma rediscovered this jewel. Perfect……All proceeds will benefit special projects at the Psylodelic Gallery. The raffle will end on July 27th, 2014. Jorma will pick the winner on stage at The Fur Peace Ranch during the Arts & MInds Fest.

Yeah, I remember that summer of 1959 when I was back in the Philippine Islands (now the Republic Of The Philippines) before I headed out to Yellow Springs, Ohio for my first year at Antioch College.
This was before my finger picking odyssey began, mentored by the great Ian Buchanan In addition to my valuable trunk full of possessions, I had my Fender Musicmaster guitar and my Silvertone amp with the single fifteen inch speaker. I had my plaid coat too… which I would wear when I really felt like styling. Now, Antioch College was never a dress up sort of place, jeans and work shirts being sort of de rigeur, so when I would suit up for a little rock show…the coat would get the call.

The jacket is in mint… yes I said mint condition. It is just as sharp today as the day I got it in 1959… and it can be yours!

Here is the link which will show you what’s going on, what to do, where and how to do it and when to do it.


Good luck…



  1. Comment made on May 20, 2015 by SJS

    How did I miss this? I’m one year too late!
    After reading the story, I wanna at least see a pix of the jacket!

  2. Comment made on May 19, 2014 by John B

    Got it ! Thanks Jorma. I will see you on the 27th of July !

  3. Comment made on May 18, 2014 by Scott Meyers

    That’s my size….Maybe…

  4. Comment made on May 18, 2014 by johno

    What size is the jacket. I mean I’d wear to the next BBQ or dinner party.

  5. Comment made on May 17, 2014 by Steve Levenson

    So you were still wearing the same size like 20 years after high school? Wow! Not too many of us can say that.

  6. Comment made on May 17, 2014 by cyndy consentino

    Dear Jorma,

    Sartorial splendor indeed!! ok, gonna go for it! I will be at the Ranch the night you announce the winner!
    Best of luck to everyone:)


  7. Comment made on May 17, 2014 by Robert

    Speaking of jackets, I have an odd story to tell you Jorma. A friend’s older sister went to Santa Clara Univ. when you were there, said you were in the same class as her and she remembered you from your worn, odorous bikers leather jacket you would wear. Can’t verify for the authenticity of that story but I don’t imagine that jacket is around anymore.

  8. Comment made on May 17, 2014 by jim hitchcock

    Citizens demand a duo with Jorma and Tom Waits!

  9. Comment made on May 17, 2014 by Tom in St. Louis

    Great idea!!
    How do we sign up?
    …or did I miss something?

  10. Comment made on May 17, 2014 by John B

    Sounds like a plan to me Jorma. How much is a raffle ticket and who do I make the check out to?

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