Benford Standley
dedicates this page to

Born in 1935--Pased away January 28th, 2001

Little Feather Publishing
is proud to announce that 

Victor Maymudes
has signed with St. Martin's Press to 
publish his book of stories about
Bob Dylan


Victor Maymudes and Bob Dylan
(photo by Lisa Law)

It Is Good To Look Back

                Victor was 65 years old when he passed away there in the Pacific Palisades.  I had spent many
                days with him personally and on the phone the last couple of years of his life.  I know I was
                hearing stories about his life of music no-one had ever heard.  We had many times together where
                we would talk and I would help him go back and remember where he had been on the musical
                trail that he had made through his life.  I was helping him write his book about his years in the
                music business and work on a book about his years with Bob Dylan, which by the way, was
                only a chapter in a man that was no doubt part of the history of folk and rock and roll himself.

                In 1999, I became his Webmaster for a site we were dreaming up called Little Feather.    The
                idea was to be a online publishing company that would publish  books by and about some of
                the characters that he had run into over the years, and several books that he wanted to write.  He
                wanted it to be a family company that his kids and friends could benefit from helping with and
                owning.  He then hired me to be the ghost writer to help him publish his book JOKER AND A THIEF...

                Victor got his first guitar in 1949, hence began his musical career.  Victor produced the first concerts
                by Odetta.  In 1955, Victor was part of the energy that became the Unicorn, which was the first
                coffee house in Los Angeles.  It was on Sunset Blvd., and became the place where Allan Ginsberg
                and other new poets were reading their material.  Victor was always around the new cutting edge
                of music and in many respects was making it happen.  As a producer he was helping many young
                musicians make their music.

                In 1957, Victor worked again with Herb Cohen to open the Cosmo Alley where the whites and
                the blacks were first hanging out together.  "Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Odetta, Peter Fonda
                and all the other 'hipsters.'   Lenny Bruce was working the Cahunga Burlesque and he would come
                down after work and do his own special comedy at our place," Victor once told me.

                He ran with Ramblin' Jack Elliot and Woody Gutherie.  It was Ramblin' Jack Elliot that took Victor
                to New York and introduced him to "the kid," who was in fact Bob Dylan.  Victor went on to work
                with and for Mr. Dylan for two plus decades serving as tour manager and wearing many other
                hats for Bob Dylan.  He was tour manager for some of the biggest tours like Rolling Thunder and
                when Dylan and the Band cut trails everywhere.  He was at the Monterey Pop Festival, with Dylan
                at the Pyramids in Europe, on the Never Ending Tour, there when Dylan posed for Andy Warhol,
                he built Bob's Bus (and Neil Young's and Waylon Jenning's bus)

                Victor worked with and was friends of folks like Paul McCartney, Will Geere, Johnny Cash, Al
                Cooper, Aldous Huxley,  William Borrows, Waylon Jennings, Hugh Romney  (Wavy Gravy),
                George Harrison, Tom  Petty, Joan Baez, the Mamas and the Papas, the Grateful Dead, The
                Beatles, The Band, Neil Young  Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Pete Seeger, Harry Dean  Stanton
                to just mention a few.  His tales and times with Woody Gutherie, Will Geere and Ramblin' Jack
                Elliott, who first introduced Victor to Bob Dylan, is the kind of story that not only movies are
                made of...but are stories of what history is made of.

                The man was at the beginning and an intricate part of the Bohemian scene that gave birth to artist
                like Allen Ginsberg, William Borroughs,  Lawrence Ferlinghetti,  Gregory Corso and Gary Snyder,
                then he was there when the coffee house and folk scene were born in Los Angeles and in New
                York.  Victor had an important story that he wanted to tell and it is sad that his words are only
                in notes and now who he was is in memories.

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As I had mentioned, I was working as a "ghost writer,"  if you will,  for Victor on his book about his years
working for and with Bob Dylan.  Victor also had several other writing projects and below you will find the
short synopsis on each of the books that he wanted to write over the next years and be part of his
publishing company LITTLE FEATHER PUBLISHING.  Little Feather was to be a Publishing company
that was to be family owned and operated.  Victor and I collaborated to created this idea and I always
felt like a creative partner with Victor on this dream.  Most of the idea came together over the year we
were working close on the Bob Dylan book.

Children's book about a 170 lb. English 
Mastief dog named Brutus  that goes on 
tour with a rock and roll singer. Telling the
story is a four year old kid that has  to stay 
at home and hears the story  from the dog.

will discuss how  jazz and poetry
first fused, how this new art form
influenced folk music, how folk
became rock,  how rock helped
to set the western world free,
how the beats turned Bob Dyan
on, and how Bob turned the
Beatles on before the Beatles
changed the entire world.  From
Victor Maymudes, the man who
lived it, a book about music,
revolution, politics and the fight
for liberty of expression in the last
four decades.



Victor and I worked first to write the outline and sample chapters to present his book to St. Martin Press.  He would pay

me a hundred bucks when I would come over.  Have a bottle of wine, roll a few joints and I would bring my tape recorder

and a timeline I had put together to help him remember important dates in his past years with Dylan.  Then he would tell me

stories that I knew the world wanted to hear...the Preamble to the book began...


In 1935, the Juke Box is invented.  Will Rogers dies in a plane crash, Bob Wills records his first record, and Patsy Montana records, "I Wanna Be A Cowboy Sweetheart".  I was born that year, along with Loretta Lynn, Elvis Presley, Dennis Hopper and Jerry Lee Lewis.  I was given the name Victor Maymudes.

While I was growing up Western music and the Singing Cowboys were the order of the day.  Tex Ritter moves to Hollywood and the Sons of The Pioneers appear with Bing Crosby in "Rhythm on the Range". By the time I am 3 years old Roy Rogers is number one at the box office and electric guitars have first appeared on the market.  The Grand Ole Opry has just made it to TV.

When I am six years old World War II begins.  Earl Flynn stars in the "Santa Fe Trail" and Woody Guthrie joins the Almanac Singers, the following year Jerry Garcia and Hendrix are born.  Roy Rogers is soon to become "King of the Cowboys, while a near-riot of bobby-soxers in Times Square greeted Frank Sinatra's singing engagement at the Paramount Theater in New York City.  Muddy Waters moves to Chicago.  The war rages in Europe.

1945, the US drops the Atomic bomb on Japan.  The war ends and the men come home to the women in waiting.  Every woman that could conceive did.   I was a few years older than this new generation that would be called the "baby boomers", for every one of us there are 20 little brothers and sisters.  1946, Hank Williams records his first record on Sterling, and "Annie Get Your Gun" opens on Broadway..."There's no business like show no business I know," Annie Oakley sings from the show.  Remember we are talking about Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show here.

The remainder of the forties would see technology race at record breaking speeds, in fact the speed of sound was broken, then Bell lab perfects the transistor.  Before the chip before LSD, the transistor was the first tablet to turn us on.  It made the electronic revolution possible.  And the electronic revolution made possible the music revolution.  Speaking of revolution, in 1948, Columbia Records introduces the L.P. (Long Play).
The first voice to rise (without need of the transistor) was Allan Ginsberg's.  Social unrest was beginning with a huge movement known as the...

They were more lost than found.
Then came Ginsberg's
It cooled the blood, it kept images silhouetted
in your mind.  It made your hair grow.
The beat generation
Allan Ginsberg
William Borroughs
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Gregory Corso
Gary Snyder
The reading of  "Howl", the Trial of "Junkie"
I had met jack in 1952.
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1950, WAR IN KOREA BEGINS.  Cable TV is introduced.  Hank Williams has first big hit with "Love Sick Blues".   Every kid in the country now had a $5.00 connection to the mass message through the transistor.  I was experiencing the evolution of the electronic age as it regards music and entertainment.  Through music the youth could demand social revolution.  At the same time a now power in youth marketing was being born.



Ramblin' Jack is a true American original, "The Last Brooklyn Cowboy".  Jack has since the early 50s personified the footloose, carefree, hitchhiking, singing for your supper troubadour.  He is Woody Guthrie's spiritual heir and an early inspiration to two generations of fledgling folkies.  In the early 50s, Jack heard his first Woody Guthrie recording, and like that first trip to the rodeo, it changed his life.  he arranged a visit to Guthrie's home in Howard Beach, New York, and as Woody's wife has since joked, he came

and stayed 2 years.  I had met Jack when I was 17, he had driven Woody Guthrie across the country in a sports car when we met.

1957, Jack Kerowac releases ON THE ROADIn 1958, the Kingston Trio's recording of "Tom Dooley" won the first Country Music Grammy. Elvis is drafted in the army and Explorer 1, first U.S. satellite is launched.  The integrated circuit was invented.  Chuck Berry is hot and the Everly Brothers' "Bird Dog" is popular.

Feb. 3, 1959..."Bye bye Miss American Pie.  Drove my chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry"...
Buddy Holly dies in plane crash with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.  Payola scandal rocks the Nation and Castro assumes power in Cuba.  Folk music is getting popular.  Hugh Romney used to come to the Unicorn read poetry with a congo player, and give us the news about the New York scene.  He was begining to tell me about this guy that I sould be aware of named Bob Dylan.  He and Jack said that I needed to come back to New York to meet this kid.  Ramblin' Jack was also telling me about Bob, because he knew I was doing management sort of things in the biz.

Later that year I flew to New York.  Ramblin' Jack was already in New York, so he picked me up at the airport.  We went to the Gaslight Cafe on MacDougle Street, where everyone  hung out.  When we came in Bob Dylan was in the back room where the performers hung out.   He had been typing on an old typewriter in the back room.  He was a two-finger typer.  He was writing a new song.  This one would be about a hard rain that was going to fall.  Ramblin' Jack introduces us.

MacDougal Street


Maybe it was not sleeping all night and walking into the morning sun, or maybe not, I don't know.  In those days everything seemed so bright, and colorful, and intense.  Everything seemed, bright and intense that you couldn't say if you were high or not.   All I know is that Mott Street never looked so intense and colorful and bright.  I am in one of those up all night energy levels of saying good-bye because I am going to Mexico.  In the last six months since we met we had been together every day.  Mushrooms, Pyote  pot chess and coffee were the order of the day.

The pawn shops, dime stores and Jewish stores, the smell of kosher food and the white smoke of the Chinese laundries, the yellow flash of the passing taxies, the jellybeans glowing in the simi-gloom of than afternoon.  Reality took another dimension.  It was then that I had the vision.  Right there on Mott Street, among second hand clothes shops and dirty little markets.  Among poor Jewish immigrants--like my parents, and the Dylan's grandparents had been.  All of a sudden, I knew that Dylan would make it big.  He would become everything that he dreamed he would be--and more.

A few weeks after the vision on Mott Street, I was laying in the sand of remote Yalapa watching the sunset with Tom Law, who later becomes tour manager for Peter, Paul and Mary and Joan Baez.  He is looking at the sunset, I am laying with my face in the sand. Cove A stranger comes up and asks Tom if he knows a "Victor something?"  Tom says, "Maybe, why?"  He says he was asked by someone in Puerto Vallarta, that knew he was coming here, to tell Victor a guy named Bob Dylan wants him to come to New York..  I thought it wild that this word even got to me, in that we were in this remote area where there was no electricity, phones and it took a boat to get to the place we were at.

Days later I go into Purto Valarta and call Albert Grossman.  The only phone that they had was a short wave radio phone.   Grossman said there would be a ticket for me at the airport.  I left Mexico and flew back to Los Angeles where I stayed with Jim Dixon, who was on the verge of creating the Byrds. When my plane landed in L.A., I heard that Jack Kennedy was shot.  A few days later, I was in New York and I met Bob to put the puzzle together and build  his first tour and get him ready to go into the studio.

Victor told me the story of when he and Bob turned the Beatles on to pot in a hotel room in New York...stayed tuned.

to be continued in Kickin Up Benford E. Standley

will look at how jazz and poetry first fused. How this new form or art influenced folk folk became rock and how rock helped to set the USA (and the western world) free.  Furthermore: how the beats turned Bob Dylan on, and how Bob turned the Beatles on, before the Beatles changed the entire world. These are some of the pivotal questions that Victor Maymudes will answer in this book about music, revolution, politics and the fight for liberty of expression in the last four decades.


George Harrison and his friend Victor
joined each other above in 2001

  Josh Hassle, James Rado & Victor Maymudes
44 Years of Rock and Roll
history from the man 
who lived it.


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Another book coming from Victor's pen

by Victor Maymudes. 

This is a story of four guys
seeking the truth and the lies, 
and the social impact of marijuana 
and those that smoke the weed.


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Willie Nelson said one day, 
"I went home to my bus." 

Book will tell stories about the
wrecks and the romances on 
rock and roll busses, these
parties that are rolling between
cities moving the music industry
have a story to tell.  You will hear
about buses of Waylon Jennings,
Neil Young and others plus
Victor's  "All organic bus."


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