The Third Bardo

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Third Bardo
Origin New York, United States
Genres Psychedelic rock, garage rock
Years active 1967
Labels Roulette, Sundazed
Associated acts Chris Moon
Past members Bruce Ginsberg
Damian Kelly
Richy Seslowe
Ricky Goldclang
Jeff Monn

The Third Bardo was an American psychedelic and garage rock band from New York led by singer, Jeff Monn. Their name is a reference to the book, The Tibetan Book of the Dead.[1] The group existed for a brief time in the late 1960s. In 1967 they released their only single, "I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time".[2] "Five Years" received some radio exposure until it was pulled from being played for its perceived drug references, and only years later was recognized as a 1960s rock classic due to its inclusion in compilations such as the critically acclaimed Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 box set.

Though short-lived, the band still performed in local Manhattan venues during their existence. These included the Arthur's and Ondine. They also appeared on the Cleveland-based television show, Upbeat.[3]

The Third Bardo only had one recording session, which yielded six tracks in all, and released one other song as a B-side, "Rainbow Life." Their technique of Eastern melody and distorted guitar make the single, overall, distinctive to the rock scene.[3]The band broke up in 1967, soon after recording, and Monn began a solo career as Chris Moon. He would release an album named The Chris Moon Group in 1970.[4]



  • "I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time"/"My Rainbow Life" (Roulette 4742) 1967


  • Lose Your Mind (Sundazed SEP 106) 1993
  • The Third Bardo (Sundazed SEP 10-160) 2000

Song list[edit]

  1. I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time
  2. My Rainbow Life
  3. Lose Your Mind
  4. I Can Understand Your Problem
  5. Dawn Of Tomorrow


  1. ^ "Third Bardo - I'm Five Years Ahead of my Time". Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Third Bardo - Lose Your Mind". Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Classic Singles: The Third Bardo". Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Chris Moon". Retrieved February 27, 2015.