“An elephant orchestra plays drums, wind instruments and a foot-operated gong at Thailand’s Elephant
Conservation Centre in Lampang, 600 km north of Bangkok, on September 8, 2002.

“Buoyed by the success of their first compact disc, Californian-born resident conservationist Richard
Lair and compatriot musician Dave Soldier are putting together a second CD featuring an ensemble orchestra of 11 elephants, some rescued from a brutal life on the streets of Bangkok, who play everything from xylophones to drums and wind instruments.”

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.