Mary Works Covington Records of the Red Dog Saloon Film
Scope and Contents
The Mary Works Covington Records of the Red Dog Saloon Film Records contains material collected and created by Mary Works Covington during her work on the 26-year reunion of the Red Dog Saloon and subsequent film entitled Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon, released in 1996. The collection is comprised of three main groups of records: those pertaining to the reunion, pre- and production materials, and post-production and distribution materials.
Reunion material includes the planning, cost, press, and information on attendees, including a guest book and correspondence. Pre- and production materials include historical background research on the bands and people involved with the Red Dog Saloon in the 1960s as well as information from the Nevada Humanities Committee and the Brewery Arts Center (a community arts center in Carson City, Nevada) for a grant. Other information on fundraising efforts and grants Covington applied for is also included. Post- production and distribution materials include flyers, press packets, and screening information. Covington entered the film into a number of festivals, including the Mill Valley Film Festival and 37° Festival dei Popoli, an Italian film festival held in Florence, Italy.
- Majority of material found within 1990-1996
- Works, Mary (Creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
The Red Dog Saloon opened in 1965 by Chandler A. Laughlin III in Virginia City, Nevada’s historic downtown. The Red Dog Saloon quickly became a hot spot for “proto-hippies” and their music, with many celebrated bands playing there over the years. The Charlatans, a San Francisco psychedelic rock band, was the first of many bands to play at the Red Dog. Their first show was on June 21, 1965 and began a 3-month engagement as the house band for the summer of 1965.
25 years after that first show, Mary Works Covington, daughter of the Red Dog’s founder, began to write a script and work with other interested individuals to record stories of the Red Dog from the past 25 years. This led to a Reunion in 1991 and eventually the production of the well-received film Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon, released in 1996. Although well received, the film struggled with costs associated with filmmaking and distribution. In 2005, it was re-released under the name Rocking at the Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock with Covington as the distributor.
Mary Works Covington grew up with the people and music of the Red Dog Saloon in Silver City, Nevada, a small town near Virginia City and just outside of Carson City, Nevada. It was not until later in life that she became interested in the history of the Red Dog and doing a film about it. Covington graduated from the University of Southern California Film School in 1989 and worked in the Bay Area for a number of companies related to the film industry, including Saul Zaentz Film Center, American Zoetrope, and Skywalker Sound, until 2001.
4 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Red Dog Saloon opened in 1965 by Chandler A. Laughlin III in Virginia City, Nevada’s historic downtown and quickly became a hot spot for “proto-hippies” and their music, with many celebrated bands playing there over the years. In 1991, Mary Works Covington began work on a documentary film released in 1996 under the title Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon. Collection contains materials relating to the Red Dog Saloon Reunion, which took place in 1991, film production (pre-, during, and post-), and press and distribution for the film.
Arranged into the following series:
1) Red Dog Saloon Reunion; 2) Film Pre-production and Production Materials; 3) Film Post-production and Distribution
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Mary Works Covington in May 2017.
- Charlatans (Musical group)
- Dance halls -- Nevada -- Virginia City
- Documentary films
- Music -- Nevada -- History
- Psychedelic rock music -- History and criticism
- Red Dog Saloon
- Rock music -- 1961-1970 -- History and criticism
- Rock music -- 1991-2000
- Rock music -- Nevada -- History
- Rock music -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Rock musicians -- United States -- Interviews
- Virginia City (Nev.) -- History
- Works, Mary (Creator, Person)
- Guide to the Mary Works Covington Records of the Red Dog Saloon Film
- Jessica Maddox
- October 2017
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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