Jon Monday

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Jon Monday
Jon Monday
Born 1947
San Jose, CA, United States of America
Occupation Music and Film Producer
Known for Music and Video Producer
Home town Fallbrook, CA
Spouse(s) Anna Monday
Children Rachel Monday

Jon Monday (born 1947 in San Jose, California) is an American producer and distributor of CDs and DVDs across an eclectic range of material such as Swami Prabhavananda, Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Huston Smith, Chalmers Johnson, and Charles Bukowski. Monday directed and co-produced with Jennifer Douglas the feature-length documentary Save KLSD: Media Consolidation and Local Radio.[1] He is also President of Benchmark Recordings, which owns and distributes the early catalog of The Fabulous Thunderbirds CDs and a live recording of Mike Bloomfield.


Monday got his start in multimedia through his own psychedelic light-show company in the Bay Area in the sixties, providing visuals for concerts by Country Joe and the Fish, Janis Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Steve Miller's Blues Band at local Berkeley, California venues and The Fillmore in San Francisco.

In 1970, Monday was hired by John Fahey at Takoma Records in Santa Monica, becoming promotion director in 1975,[2] and later general manager.[3] working with guitar artists such as Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Mike Bloomfield, and Peter Lang. Eventually, he became Takoma's Vice President and General Manager, and also provided art direction, engineering, and/or produced albums by such artists as George Winston, Norman Blake,[4] Peter Rowan,[5] Jim Kweskin,[6] Maria Muldaur,[7] Loudon Wainwright III,[8] and Joseph Byrd.[9]

In 1979, Fahey sold Takoma Records to a new company formed by music business attorney Bill Coben, veteran producer/manager Denny Bruce, and Chrysalis Records. Monday continued with the new company as General Manager.[10] During that time, Takoma signed and released albums by The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Canned Heat, and T-Bone Burnett.

In 1982, Monday was appointed sales manager for Chrysalis Visual Programming Division, headquartered in Los Angeles[11]. Eventually Monday was brought into Chrysalis Records as its Director of Marketing,[12] working with Blondie, Jethro Tull, Huey Lewis, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, and Toni Basil.[13]

In 1984, Monday relocated to Silicon Valley and had a 2nd career as an executive in various software and high-tech companies. He also held senior management positions or consulted with major 3rd party video game publishers, such as Epyx, Eidos Interactive, and Capcom. He was also Vice President of PlayNet, working with founder Nolan Bushnell.

Monday was co-founder (with music research pioneer Larry Heller) and president of MusicWriter Inc., a Californian company that developed the NoteStation, a point-of-sale kiosk for printing sheet music for sale to customers in music stores.[14][15][16] In addition to printing sheet music, the NoteStation was able to produce MIDI disks containing selected music. In 1994, NoteStation kiosks were in 175 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.[17][14]

Monday retired and moved to the San Diego area in 2004 and launched two labels:[18] mondayMEDIA and GemsTone; producing, directing, and distributing original and archival material.

In 2006 Monday brought together many notable recording artists and produced The Revenge of Blind Joe Death: The John Fahey Tribute Album, which was released on the Takoma Records label, distributed by Fantasy Records. Participating artists included, George Winston, Michael Gulezian, Alex de Grassi, Country Joe McDonald, Peter Lang, Stefan Grossman, Rick Ruskin, and Canned Fish (a one-time collaboration between Canned Heat members Adolfo de la Parra ("Fito") and Larry Taylor, and Country Joe and the Fish member Barry "The Fish" Melton).[19]

In 2012 Monday released the feature-length documentary Save KLSD: Media Consolidation and Radio[20] and is currently working on an authorized biographical documentary about the life, career, and impact of world religions scholar Huston Smith.

Published articles[edit]

  • Elizabeth Cotton: Folk Guitar Legend, Guitar Player, March 1975[21]
  • A Personal Lesson About the End of Time, The Vedanta Kesari, India, December 1993[22]
  • A Personal Lesson About the End of Time, Vedanta for East and West, UK, January / February 1994[23]
  • For the Historic Record, American Vedantist, US Vol. 3, no. 3, Fall 1997.[24]
  • I Saw Swamiji on TV Last Night, American Vedantist, US, Summer 1998[25]
  • The Limitations of Mental Models Vedanta, UK, November / December 2002[26]
  • The Limitations of Mental Models The Vedanta Kesari, India, April 2003[27]
  • The Gospel of Chomsky, Vedanta, UK, January / February 2005 [28]
  • J.D. Salinger & Vedanta, American Vedantist, US, January 2014 - co-written with Anna Monday [29]
  • Christopher Isherwood and Vedanta, American Vedantist, US, Winter 2014/2015 - co-written with Anna Monday [30]

Political activism[edit]

Jon Monday enlisted in the army in March 1965. After completing his basic training and courses in advanced electronics, he volunteered to become a paratrooper and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.[31][32]

As the Vietnam war escalated, Monday turned his attention to becoming a Conscientious Objector, feeling that the war did not reflect the high ideals of America and America's democracy. He refused to participate in the war and eventually he was given a court martial, at which he pointed out that the Nuremberg Trials had established the right and duty of soldiers to object to wars they felt to be illegal and immoral. Monday spent a year in jail and was given a Bad Conduct Discharge.[31] In 1975 Monday was given a full pardon by President Ford,[33][34] his discharge was changed to a Clemency Discharge, and was awarded a Certificate of Completion[35] by the Selective Service, showing he had fulfilled his duty to his country.

After the start of the Iraq War, Monday joined Veterans For Peace and became active in the San Diego Chapter, giving talks to local colleges,[36] organizing Arlington West memorials,[37][38][39][40] and speaking at anti-war rallies.[41][42]

In 2004 Monday also became involved with the Fallbrook Democratic Club,[40] becoming a board member and in 2008 was its President.[43] In 2011 he was reelected to the FDC's board as its Vice President for the 2012 term[44]].



  1. ^ a b IMDB Entry for Save KLSD
  2. ^ "Executive Turntable". Billboard. May 20, 1972. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "Takoma Treats Artists Like Royalty". Billboard. August 9, 1975. p. 78. 
  4. ^ Norman Blake
  5. ^ Peter Rowan
  6. ^ Jim Kwesken
  7. ^ Maria Muldaur
  8. ^ Laudon Wainwright
  9. ^ Joseph Byrd
  10. ^ Billboard Magazine June 2, 1979
  11. ^ "Executive Turntable". Billboard. Jan 30, 1982. p. 4. 
  12. ^ Billboard Magazine Dec. 11, 1982
  13. ^ Bio
  14. ^ a b "Increasing the Tempo". CIO. May 1, 1994. p. 52. 
  15. ^ "Facts and information about Manufacture music in your store? MusicWriter hopes to revolutionize sheet music with computer production facilities.". Music Trades. April 1, 1990. 
  16. ^ Billboard Magazine May 7, 1994
  17. ^ "Don't Stop The Presses: Cutting-Edge Methods Allow Consumers Access To All The Music Fit To Print". Billboard. May 7, 1994. p. 78. 
  18. ^ Fallbrook Village News, June 2, 2005, Page B-13
  19. ^ Fahey Tribute Album
  20. ^ "Official website of Save KLSD documentary". 
  21. ^ Guitar Player Magazine, USA, March 1975 - Page 14
  22. ^ The Vedanta Kesari, India, December 1993 - Page 492
  23. ^ Vedanta for East and West, UK, January / February 1994 - Page 16
  24. ^ American Vedantist, US - quoted in American Veda by Phil Goldberg
  25. ^ American Vedantist, US, Summer 1998 - Page 26
  26. ^ Vedanta, UK, November / December 2002 - Page 274
  27. ^ The Vedanta Kesari, India, April 2003 - Page 153
  28. ^ Vedanta, UK, January / February 2005
  29. ^ American Vedantist, US, 2014
  30. ^ American Vedantist, US, 2014
  31. ^ a b Interview with Monday in Daily Kos
  32. ^ Listing of Army experience
  33. ^ Presidential Proclamation 4313
  34. ^ President Ford's Pardon Program
  35. ^ Regulations for Alternative Service
  36. ^ Talk at Palomar College
  37. ^ Arlington West in Fallbrook, CA
  38. ^ Pictures from Arlington West in Fallbrook
  39. ^ Article in North County Times about Veterans For Peace Activities
  40. ^ a b Listing on FDC Website
  41. ^ ABC Channel 10 News video coverage of anti-war rally in San Diego on YouTube
  42. ^ Anti-war Rally in San Diego
  43. ^ Listing of five past presidents on FDC's website
  44. ^ FDC Website
  45. ^ IMDB Entry for Arc of Life

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