University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Spencer Perskin Papers, 1962-1970



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Perskin, Spencer
Title: Perskin, Spencer, Papers
Dates: 1962-1970
Abstract: The Spencer Perskin Papers, 1962-1970, are comprised of several notebooks of typed and handwritten poetry and other writings.
Accession No.: 2016-002
OCLC No.:
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

A classically trained musician, Spenser Perskin was accepted as a child to the music program at the Sothern Methodist University in Dallas, where he studied for eight years, playing with various orchestras. Perskin continued performing with orchestras while attending college at North Texas State University, and was also a member of the folk music club. Perskin plays the violin, guitar and saxophone.

Perskin formed Shiva’s Headband in 1967, along with his wife Susan, and serves as violinist and main vocalist. Their fusion of country and rock shaped the local Austin music scene. Perskin was also one of the founders of the concert hall, Armadillo World Headquarters (1970-1980). Shiva’s Headband was the first band to play in the hall, which also hosted acts such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bruce Springsteen and Frank Zappa. The band still performs in Austin, and is now called Shiva’s Headband Experience.

Sources:

John Wheat, “Armadillo World Headquarters,” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed December 21, 2015, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/xda01

“Biography,” Shiva Headband’s website. Accessed December 21, 2015, http://www.shivasheadband.com


Scope and Contents

The Spencer Perskin Papers, 1962-1970, are comprised of several notebooks of typed and handwritten poetry and other writings.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Perskin, Spencer -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Shiva's Headband (Musical group)
Subjects
Poetry
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

See also Armadillo World Headquarters


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Spencer Perskin, 1962-1970, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, December 2015.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2N282 Works by Perskin
"Perskin's papers," Spring 1962-Summer 1963
"Sophomorium," Fall 1963
"Soul Songs," Fall 1963-Fall 1964
"Green," Summer 1964
"Karmasque," Summer 1964
"For Love," Fall 1964
"Land of the Stowes," Summer 1965
"Out of the Valley," Summer 1965
"Zounds," Fall 1965
"Winter Wheel," December 1965
"Earthbeat Headness," 1967-1970
"Exmorphonos," undated
"Terralux Books," undated
"The Tree and the Vine," undated
Untitled, undated