A Guide to the Spencer Perskin Papers, 1962-1970
A classically trained musician, Spenser Perskin was accepted as a child to the music program at the Sothern Methodist University in Dallas, where he studied for eight years, playing with various orchestras. Perskin continued performing with orchestras while attending college at North Texas State University, and was also a member of the folk music club. Perskin plays the violin, guitar and saxophone.
Perskin formed Shiva’s Headband in 1967, along with his wife Susan, and serves as violinist and main vocalist. Their fusion of country and rock shaped the local Austin music scene. Perskin was also one of the founders of the concert hall, Armadillo World Headquarters (1970-1980). Shiva’s Headband was the first band to play in the hall, which also hosted acts such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bruce Springsteen and Frank Zappa. The band still performs in Austin, and is now called Shiva’s Headband Experience.
John Wheat, “Armadillo World Headquarters,” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed December 21, 2015, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/xda01
“Biography,” Shiva Headband’s website. Accessed December 21, 2015, http://www.shivasheadband.com
The Spencer Perskin Papers, 1962-1970, are comprised of several notebooks of typed and handwritten poetry and other writings.
This collection is open for research use.
Spencer Perskin, 1962-1970, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, December 2015.
Detailed Description of the Papers