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Title The Insect Trust. Astrological Data. No place, no date, circa 1966-1970.
Object Name Documents
Catalog Number 2007.003.0043
Collection Hoboken Theater & Performing Arts Collection
Credit Museum Purchase.
Scope & Content The Insect Trust. Astrological Data. No place, no date, circa 1966-1970. Single leaf, 8-1/2" x 11" high.

[Musical band based in Hoboken and released two albums. Group was together from 1966-1970.]

Nancy Jeffries - Virgo

Bill Barth - Sagittarius

Bob [Robert] Palmer - Gemini

Warren Gardner - Libra

Luke Faust - Aries

Trevor Koehler - Cancer

Bill Folwell - Taurus

Bud Nealy - Pisces
Notes From Apple I-Tunes site, 2007:

Band founded in 1966; disbanded 1970.

Biography by John Dougan

One of the more interesting one-shot bands in rock & roll, the Insect Trust's most famous member was writer/critic/ethnomusicologist Robert Palmer, who played alto sax and clarinet. Less famous, but still a notable member, was guitarist/songwriter Luke Faust, who went on to add creative input for the Holy Modal Rounders' string of wonderful early- to mid-'70s records. The Insect Trust released two albums, their self-titled 1968 debut on Capitol, and their second and final LP, Hoboken Saturday Night. Along with the loose-limbed music, Hoboken Saturday Night features musical contributions by heavy hitters (no pun intended) such as drummers Elvin Jones and Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, guitarist Hugh McCracken, and novelist Thomas Pynchon. The music ranges from surreal folk-rock (à la the Holy Modal Rounders and Fugs), to Booker T.-like pop-soul, to flat-out free jazz. Decades after its release, Hoboken Saturday Night sounds a bit dated, but its charm is irresistible, especially when Nancy Jefferies sings and the band cranks up its raucous onslaught of reeds and percussion. Never intended to be a traditional pop act, the Insect Trust should be best remembered for extending rock's boundaries and taking the genre to a much hipper level without resorting to a lot of banal technique. Good luck locating their records.

People Faust, Luke
Koehler, Trevor
Palmer, Robert
Jeffries, Nancy
Barth, Bill
Nealy, Bud
Folwell, Bill
Date 1966-1970
Year Range from 1966
Year Range to 1970
Search Terms Insect Trust, The (band)
Imagefile 055\20070030043.TIF
Classification Music
Cultural Activities