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Mary Works Covington Records of the Red Dog Saloon Film

 Collection
Identifier: 2017-73
Collection 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.

Dates

  • 1966-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1990 - 1996

Creator

Restrictions

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.

Extent

2.75 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)

Overview

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.

Historical Note

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.

Arrangement

Arranged in three series:

Series 1: Red Dog Saloon Reunion Series 2: Film Pre-production and Production Materials Series 3: Film Post-production and Distribution

Immedidate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mary Works Covington in May 2017.

Related Materials

Related materials held by the UNR Special Collections Department:

The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon [Special Collections stacks: ML3534 .L544 1996]

Related materials held by the UNR University Libraries:

Rockin' at the Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock [UNR KC Multimedia Center: DVD5154]

Creator

Title
Guide to the Mary Works Covington Records of the Red Dog Saloon Film
Status
for_mcd_review
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
October 2017
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
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Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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