Over the course of almost three decades, Ron and I championed each others art. He really was an artist at the core, but had no exposure to popular music, arts, avant-garde, cinema, or anything much like it growing up in a fairly conservative household in Germany.
One of the most brilliant people I've ever engaged, Ron became one of the foremost researchers of the Human Brain. He published papers, he knew how to keep a slice of human brain tissue alive in a box of some kind, in which one could record the electro-physiological activity--via computer--into a kind of 3-D mountain landscape which could be rendered for research.
Upon interacting with musicians and artist such as the members of Plastic Age, he began to expand his artistic pursuits, probably mostly due to Robert Johnson's influence, our quite New Wave guitar player. Robert Johnson was quite the collector of eclectic music. Ron was exposed to phenomenally interesting music--from the Residents to Japan, to Ryuichi Sakamoto...he soaked it all up. He began to write poetry, and found in Charles Bukowski a mentor of sorts. Ron emulated his style, and then eased around it to finally find his own. He was able to blend deep emotional content with the wit of Bukowski and the soul of scientific inquiry. In Ron's legendary great poem, Screams of a Faceless Rat, you can feel an original and powerful voice.
For me, Ron was my cheerleader. Nothing was too extreme or "out-there". It was all of interest. We had many philosophical conversations about art, science, war, love, passion...usually over sushi or sake, or some kind of good drink. We both appreciated a standard of quality in general, but respected and explored alternatives to the normal and routine. Ron wrote thousands of poems. Many of these works, I have edited, preserved and published, because he asked me to, and because their brilliance should be shared. He was a fixture on the Gainesville poetry scene as a live reader, a performance poet, and yet one whose work could stand on its own on the page. Ron wrote prolifically. Though he was not a musician, he was musical and had a great ear. Together, we explored music in unique ways and made a number of great musical collaborations. Haus der Reinhard is here within the Secret Site pages. You will find hundreds of Ron's poems, musical collaborations, and even a video or two.
Over the years, Ron--as a fan and friend--collected my work; paintings, early recordings, videos, writings & poetry, you name it. He collected many things he loved, including the works of other bands, artists, poets & writers, videos, books, photographs, event posters, publications, and rare music from all over the world. A good lot of my Gainesville history is published on this site because, and only because, Ron saved it and appreciated it. When he passed away, or as I like to think, went to read poetry to scientists of the deep universe, I had inherited our mutual archives with the caveat that I protect them, preserve them, share them with others. The work was not made to be simply collected, it was meant to be experienced.
Today, I have just begun a deep exploration and organization of the Reinhard Palovcik FREDInk Archives. I also created a fund-raiser to help me acquire a few tools that are financially out of reach for me on my own without collaboration of friends and fans, some of whom may directly benefit from restoring and making available all this work.
Required: An iMac computer capable of video/music/photo editing, a monitor system, a recording setup, specialized equipment designed to digitally preserve video in VHS and Mini-DV and Analog Tape and audio cassette recordings. There are literally thousands and thousands of photos of Gainesville historic bands over a period of two decades, rare recordings from a vast number of local bands and artists, thousands of Ron Palovcik poems still waiting to be revealed.
If you are interested in helping me bring many of these archives to a published state so they can be enjoyed and shared by our musical and artistic community and beyond, please go to my fundraiser site and check out what projects are in the works and coming to completion. You'll be doing Gainesville a universe of good. These things were not meant to be stored on shelves. let's open the vault and share the music, words, and art.
Some things in the archives:
Rare music by Vini and the Demons, Plastic Age, The Screaming Helens, over 100 original poetry books by C.E. Nelson, Tom Miller, Reinhard Palovcik
Dozens of local out-of-print Gainesville Zines
Back Issues of Moon Magazine
Vini and the Demons Warehouse Rehearsal Videos
Vini and the Demons Live at Rosa's Lounge - Audio Recordings
FREDInk Artist Recordings from Penguin, Jack Mason, SUMAC, and more
Thousands of photos of Gainesville Bands over the last two decades
Video: Tom Miller on Sally Jesse Raphael / Tom Miller Paints the Chief of Police
Original Gainesville Cassette Recordings by Multiple Artists
Hundreds of original books and unpublished writings by Tom Miller
Early CMC Poetry Readings from The Jam's foundational years.
Rare Videos of past Miller Shows featuring Treetop, Lady Chayce, Footage from Common Grounds, Lord Krullen, The Hecklers, and more.