The Golden Dawn (American band)
|The Golden Dawn|
|Origin||Austin, Texas, USA|
|Years active||1966–1968 2002-2006|
|Past members||George Kinney
The Golden Dawn are an American psychedelic rock band formed in Austin, Texas, in 1966. The band released one album, titled Power Plant, before breaking up soon after the album's release in 1968. The record company, the infamous International Artists label out of Houston, had made a decision that seems to have "shafted" the career of the vibrant Golden Dawn. This is what happened: a few months after the release of the 13th Floor Elevators' "Psychedelic Sounds" debut, the Dawn had finished Power Plant in mid-1967 and were ready to let it fly; but, by that time, the Elevators were beginning to record their second album, Easter Everywhere, which the record company management thought, for unknown reasons, should come out first, much to the dismay of George Kinney (voc, guitar), Tom Ramsey (lead guitar), Jimmy Bird (rhythm guitar), Bill Hallmark (bass), and Bobby Rector (drums)--collectively, The Golden Dawn. When Power Plant was finally released in 1968, it was largely panned as the work of an Elevators knock-off band and was unjustly snubbed in a way that was big enough to discourage the development of the band. Through the years, Power Plant climbed in "cult" status to the point where recognition of its music drew out George Kinney once again to reform the band in 2002 and perform live all over the States. The Golden Dawn has performed at Austin Psych Fest three times to date, in 2009, 2012 and 2014.
George Kinney has also been active in solo projects. He released a CD, After The Fall, under his own name in 2001. He wrote a novel, The Bandit King, published by Xlibris Press, that is available online. The adventure/fantasy story is set in modern-day Mexico and involves "psychedelic" concepts and ideas.
- George Kinney - vocals, guitar
- Tom Ramsey - lead guitar
- Jimmy Bird - rhythm guitar
- Bill Hallmark - bass
- Bobby Rector - drums
- Power Plant (1968)
- Texas Medicine (2006)
- Chamy, Michael (2005-08-12). "George Kinney & The Golden Dawn: Fanning the flames of legend". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
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