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The Rich   (pre-American Zen)

Coyote crashing a partySan Diego Coyote 1978




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The Rich "Lotus" music albums

Bonita - Lotus 1974
Village Recorder Sessions - The Rich 1979 - 80
Live in Venice - The Rich 1979 - 80
Temptation - Richard O'Connor 1984
Live at Music Machine - The Rich 1984 - 85
Live at The Batcave - Injun 1986 -87
Coyote In A Graveyard soundtrack album - The Rich 1989
Live at Madame Wong's - The Rich 1989
Purgatory - The Rich and Coyote Graveyard bands 1989 - 91

Brentwood Coyote 1984Coyote 1978 to 1984

During the 1970s, Coyote was known as Richard Del Connor and his band name was, Lotus. In 1975, Coyote wrote his first rock opera, UNDERGROUND based upon his novel, , Sid's Place.

Some of these songs were performed live with cover songs by Aerosmith, Mountain, Cream, Hendrix, and The Beatles.

So with a few additions, Coyote's bands, that he created, led, and wrote the music for was LOTUS from 1970 to 1977. Coyote was a session bass player in many bands after moving to Los Angeles. Coyote's bands that he led and fronted were mostly advertised as, THE RICH. The rock opera, COYOTE IN A GRAVEYARD, became so popular, that news ads and flyers didn't even include the band name, THE RICH, after 1985. The rock opera was just billed as: "Coyote In A Graveyard."


Official Website of American Zen

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Each spiritual LEVEL of American Zen has a website section that includes each LEVEL's albums, books, poetry, stories, lyrics, and scrapbook photos:
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