Doug Jerebine

aka Jesse Harper

In London in the late 1960s a mysterious multi-talented musician known as Jesse Harper was hovering on the verge of stardom with a unique guitar style that had him sought after by two major record labels.

After becoming disillusioned with the music industry, he opted for a more spiritual path in India where he donned the saffron robes of a monk and disappeared from public life for over 30 years.

The Keil Isles, mid 1960s - front: Jimmie Sloggett, Herma Keil, Dave Williamson, centre: Brian Henderson, George Barna, Doug Jerebine, back: John Blake
A 1967 line-up of The Brew. Main picture Doug Jerebine. Right, top to bottom, Bob Gillett, Ian Thomson, Harvey Mann, Tommy Ferguson.
Photo credit: Ian Thomson collection
Doug Jerebine in Indiain 1968 with Raman Bhai Chhibba
The Brew: Doug Jerebine, Bob Gillett, Tommy Ferguson, Yuk Harrison and Trix Willoughby
Photo credit: Phil Warren Collection
Doug Jerebine in London, 1969
Doug Jerebine at Auckland's Kings Arms, 14 March 2012
Photo credit: Photo by Jonathan Ganley
Doug Jerebine in 2010
Doug Jerebine the Dargaville teenage guitar prodigy in the 1950s
Photo credit: Annabelle Tunnicliffe archives
Doug Jerebine picking the strings in Dargaville as a teenager in The Spotlites with Mike Perjanik on piano
Photo credit: Annabelle Tunnicliffe archives
The 2012 album Doug Jerebine is Jesse Harper. Released on the US Drag City label, it consisted of tracks from 1969 that had never seen official release before.
Doug Jerebine plays the Rudra Veena
Doug Jerebine (second left) as a member of The World Band before heading to Amsterdam in the early-1970s
Photo credit: Gerban Cath collection
Maharaj (aka Doug Jerebine) captured on Waiheke Island in 2003 during a brief visit
Photo credit: Photo by Keith Newman
A later line-up of The Brew - Bob Gillett, Harvey Mann, Archie Bowie and Doug Jerebine

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