Richard Shaw Brown

Born Apr 26, 1947

Richard Shaw "Rick" Brown was the lead singer, harmonica player, and co-song writer of Psychedelic group The Misunderstood. The Misunderstood were a rock band originating from Riverside, California in the mid-1960s. The band moved to London early in their career, and although they recorded only a handful of songs before being forced to disband, they are considered highly influential in the then-emerging genre.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on April 26, 1947.


1967 20 Years Old In 1967 Brown was initiated as Hrisikesh Das by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada He also lived as a monk and received instructions in Krishna bhakti from Swami Bon Maharaj in Vrindavana, U.P., India for six and a half years. … Read More
1972 25 Years Old Through Swami Bon's educational service Brown moved in the highest circles of Indian society, even being received twice by India's President V.V. Giri at Rastrapati Bhavan in 1972; and he successfully organized two high society functions in Bombay and Delhi during 1971-1972 which were supported by India's elite.


1979 32 Years Old In 1979, after 12 years in exile, Brown returned to America where he was granted amnesty as a conscientious objector and discharged from the Army. … Read More
1985 38 Years Old They disbanded in 1985 when Campbell moved to New Zealand and Brown moved to Thailand. … Read More


1999 52 Years Old During his stay in India with Swami Bon Maharaj Brown was engaged in the establishment of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Academy, a primary school, in Nandagram, U.P., as well as expanding the Institute of Oriental Philosophy in Vrindavan, U.P. Before returning to America Brown was also instrumental in establishing Sri Hari-siddhi Primary School in Dhulikhel, Nepal In 1999 Brown was a co-founder and is currently Acting Secretary of the Institute of Planetary Gemology in Bangkok, Thailand a school that teaches the Navaratna system of Asian birthstones.
2002 55 Years Old A motion picture screenplay (The Misunderstood: WGA 977444) about the band and Rick Brown's adventures was written by rock historian, Mike Stax (Editor of Ugly Things music magazine) in 2002, and is under revision. … Read More
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