Beginning in 1968 I was a roadie for the Sons of Champlin, a San Francisco band. I worked on shows with the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Santana, The Byrds, Steve Miller Band, Credence, Sly and the Family Stone, Merle Haggard, Canned Heat, Doobie Brothers, Three Dog Night, Fleetwood Mac, The Tubes, Linda Ronstadt, Ten Years After, Donovan, Average White Band, Albert King, Hot Tuna, Chaka Khan, Flatt and Scruggs, Chambers Brothers, Chuck Berry, Eagles, Huey Lewis and the News, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Bo Diddly, Taj Mahal, Paul Butterfield, Jethro Tull, Van Morrison, Buddy Guy, Dave Mason, Joe Cocker, Ike and Tina Turner, Everly Brothers, Boz Scaggs, The Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Kingfish, John Mayall, Tower of Power, Leon Russell, Journey, just to name a few you have heard of.
I also had the best bicycle adventure of the 20th Century. Hardly anyone gets to take part in something that changes the world. I did twice, and the second was even better.
During the seventies in California I shared a house with a fellow hippie bicycle fanatic whom I had met at the Grateful Dead office. His name was Gary Fisher and we had an eclectic hobby of converting old balloon tire bike frames into hybrid bikes for riding off road.
Between playing drums in AGENDER, her solo act Sanso-Xtro and riding the raddest streets this country has to offer…Melissa “Sanso” Agate was keeping busy while visiting the US.
When Sanso isn’t playing music, she’s most likely riding around recruiting women for WORLD CYCLING DOMINATION! If you haven’t heard of The Itchy Movement…look it up!
It was super rad meeting you Sanso and I do hope you make it back to LA soon! Keep up the good work!
Portrait by John Watson.
You can see more images of Sanso’s Dosnoventa…HERE!
P.S. Worst bike to color correct ever!