I was disappointed to learn over the weekend that Timothy Gassen had died after a short illness. Mr. Gassen was an indefatigable voice in the garage rock underground, encouraging musicians around the world to keep the musical spirit of 1966 alive. His book The Knights of Fuzz was an indispensable guide to the garage revival, and I was greatly honored that the Berries had an entry in the second edition.
Along with his own psych band, The Marshmallow Overcoat, Timothy was passionate about ice hockey — he was an expert on the old World Hockey Association, and did play-by-play for the U of Arizona’s hockey team — and filmmaking, having created (among other things), numerous videos for the bands he loved. I’ll share a few of them here, some of which I’ve shared before:
Goodbye, Mr. Gassen — thanks for the music, and for the encouragement. We’ll try to keep the fuzz going.