Mad River (band)

Mad River was an American psychedelic rock band.

Mad River [1] formed at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in April 1966. The band took its name from the nearby Mad River. By March 1967 they had relocated to Berkeley, California. There they came to the attention of cult author Richard Brautigan who launched the band into the growing hippie culture. They released an EP on the independent Wee label before signing a contract with Capitol Records in February 1968.[2] The group's lead songwriter was Lawrence Hammond, but all of the members sang vocals. They released two albums before disbanding in July 1969.

Lawrence Hammond put out several solo albums in the 1970s and 80s, and Greg Dewey later joined Country Joe and the Fish as well as playing with two of Marty Balin's post-Jefferson Airplane groups.


  • David Robinson - guitar
  • Rick Bockner- guitar, vocals
  • Lawrence Hammond - bass, lead vocals
  • Tom Manning - bass, vocals (April - Sept. 1966 / 6 & 12 string guitar - Mar. 1967 - Dec. 1968)
  • Greg Dewey - drums, vocals
  • Greg Duian - guitar (April - 1966 - Mar. 1967)


Both albums have been reissued by both Edsel and Sundazed Records.


  1. ^ Mad River at Chicken On A Unicycle
  2. ^ Mad River at Allmusic
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Albums. 6th ed (2006), p. 639.

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