Marvin Gardens

Had the Charlatans been joined by Country Joe’s keyboard player and fronted by an earthy female singer, they might’ve sounded like Marvin Gardens…
Mike Stax, Ugly Things Magazine

Marvin Gardens was an American folk-rock band from San Francisco, active during the late 1960s. Lead singer Carol Duke was active in the emerging gay community in San Francisco and the band’s song “Whips and Leathers” was popular in the city’s gay and lesbian biker bars and clubs. In 2016, a compilation album, titled 1968, was released on High Moon Records. The release includes liner notes by Mike Stax, publisher of Ugly Things magazine, and artwork by American cartoonist Larry Welz.

Marvin Gardens


A phenomonal anthology of rare demos, studio and live recordings from late-60s, second-wave, San Francisco, Electric-Folk pioneers Marvin Gardens. All live tracks recorded by Peter Abram (Velvet Underground The Matrix Tapes) at the legendary Matrix Club in San Francisco.

1968 includes virtually every note Marvin Gardens recorded, and provides a tantalizing glimpse at a uniquely wonderful group. With a powerful female lead singer, Carol Duke, on par with Janis Joplin and Grace Slick, and a versatile and mesmerizing band that goes from playful folk to Latin-tinged jazz vamps to searing, guitar-fuelled garage rave-ups, Marvin Gardens could have been a major artist if the stars had been aligned.

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