David Bennet Cohen: Psychedelic pioneer takes a path back to the blues

David Bennet Cohen: Psychedelic pioneer takes a path back to the blues

David Bennet Cohen was a Greenwich Village folky before he hitchhiked out to California. After seeing the Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, he decided to be a rock star and thought the Bay Area would be the place to fulfill his dream. A few months after he landed in Berkeley, he was well on his way. ‘I started hanging out in music stores like Lundberg’s on Dwight Way and The Campus Music Shop,’ Cohen recalled. ‘They were frequented by all kinds of musicians. I met Barry Melton, who was playing with Country Joe McDonald.