Mort Sahl and Fred Neil were appearing at Cafe' au Go Go and the stellar In The Biz Celebrity guests started to arrive just after the Lenny Bruce Bust for Dirty Words. Stan Getz w/ Astrud Gilberto had just finished recording Live for MGM/Verve and though it was only the beginning the Room was already FAMOUS throughout New York City where it was tough to make it in Cabaret. The arrival of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda with the children Peter and Jane, made the au Go Go the place to be in 1964 and different than anywhere in the Village or for that matter in Manhattan. This was before Electric Music Rocked its way trhough the walls with a sound that intriqued the world and turned music about bringing the British Invasion to our doors lead by Eric Clapton and the Cream, Procol Harem, Animals. We just had a superior venue equipped better than most small theaters with an atmoshere charged with Class and Creativity. almost 40 years have gone by and still to this day there has never been another Cafe' like it anywhere in the world. I can't remember what motivated me to build it and do 2600 straight performances of more than 300 of today's stars and leaders of the entertainment industry who added a $Billion Dollars to the Gross National Product out of which came 100's of albums, Videos, Films, Concerts. They say that the Information Superhighway had its beginnings there. Certainly Improvizational and Experimental Theater developed there as an adjunct to Second City of Chicago hosting the likes of Elaine May, Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, Mike Nichols, Julian Beck & Judith Malina, Popuace of Vaughn Meader and Rene Taylor, Collision Course (11 plays by celebrated writers).
It all started on an inspiration and a whim and ended with me holding onto the tail of a comet which disappeared in space in the ahort span of 6 years with nothing left but a few tapes and some film of its memory never shown since its closing in June 1969.