The Hippy Coyote
During the 1980s while performing the rock opera, COYOTE IN A GRAVEYARD, Richard Del Connor become nicknamed by the newspapers, and other performing rock bands such as The Cult and Michael J. Fox as, "The Coyote."
"The Coyote" became the rock'n'roll name of Richard Connor until 2007 when he upgraded to "The Hippy Coyote" of American Zen, America's First Buddhist Rock Band™.
From 1990 to 2008, Coyote performed and worked and recorded albums under several names including Rory G, Tom Calder, Steve Hixon, and as a recording engineer, Don DelaVega. Those album, book and movie credits can all be attributed to Richard Del Connor.
In 2007, The Coyote has decided to simplify his life and only operate under only three names:
THE HIPPY COYOTE:
bassist, drummer, guitarist (acoustic, slide, and electric), flutist, singer, songwriter, composer, lyricist, poet, screenplay writer, and performer of American Zen, or performing solo as "The Hippy Coyote," T.H.C. (sometimes billed in newspapers as, "THC Live...").
RICHARD DEL CONNOR:
record producer, movie producer, script and screenplay writer, poet, editor, publisher, founder CEO of Tai Chi Youth, president of Shaolin Records, music publisher of Shaolin Music, owner of Shaolin Pictures, and American philosopher.
Zhen Shen-Lang (last name first) "Spirit Wolf of Truth," pipa, percussion, Chinese drumming, flutist, Kung Fu Shifu and Tai Chi Master, author of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Zen Buddhist manuals, lecturer, poet, calligrapher, composer, life coach, and Zen Master.
When Richard Del Connor is The Hippy Coyote, he enjoys the freedoms and independence of not being a businessman, wearing a tie or being school teacher. Fans have been posting music videos from his live performances in Los Angeles in 2009 and 2010.
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Sid's Place - Tom Calder's life underground in the psychedelic sixties of California
1969, Tom Calder’s van is involved in a car crash, it’s loaded with kilos of marijuana. He runs from the law, he runs from a hitman, joins a rock band, lives on a commune, learns Tai Chi, drops acid (LSD), joins the underground railroad, trains in a Libya terrorist camp, bombs a police station, murders a prison rapist, and falls in love on a hippie commune in Northern California.
Rainbow In The Shade - An antiwar poetic autobiography of the happy hippie, The Hippy Coyote
Deported from the USA in 1970, our artistic antiwar musician was exiled in Newfoundland, then hitchhiked Canada and North America, singing of love, peace, and the joy of life. Watching wars, murder and abuse perpetuated by generation after generation, Coyote's poetry of peace was watered by the blood of friends and relatives as he watched the world suffer from his "rainbow in the shade."
The Potatoe Valentine & Other Love Poems
Searching for answers from his past to unlock the success of his future, Coyote dug out his memories of past lovers and the women he'd lived with in the 1970s. He uncovered a wealth of romantic feelings. Unable to discover any guilt or blame he may have earned, Coyote emerged in a newborn passion for life, and a confidence in his abilities and compassion.
Coyote In A Graveyard - The 1984 Screenplay
Thumper is a patient of a mental hospital where he falls in love with Elaine, a teen runaway that has been scooped up by the hospital to collect more government benefits.
The love affair becomes complicated when Elaine and Head Nurse have a homosexual affair. Thumper is kept under control with experimental dream therapy drugs because without drugs, he hallucinates, that other people can see also.
4 Decades Of Love - The Many Loves of Me
From being a hippie in 1960s, recording engineer in 1970s, rock star photographer in1980s, and Mr. Mom in 1990s, Coyote created a musical biography of his loves and lovers. These lyrics include guitar chords above them so you can play along to his love songs. This romantic autobiography was compiled for a Freemason fundraiser he performed after becoming a 3rd Degree Master Mason in 2009.
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