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American Zen

A spiritual odyssey for teens and smart people.

The original story of American Zen was based upon the life, family and friends of the band's founder, Richard Del Connor, ("The Hippy Coyote"). By transferring his passions and problems into poetry and orations, most people are able to superimpose their own passions and problems into the musical masterpieces of The Hippy Coyote.

Coyote's classic rock origins propel the songs with a rock & roll honesty and artistic sincerity that is the highest level of musical performance ability comparable to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Donovan, The Doors, Mountain, Cream and other classic rock artists who set artistic standards by their own musical ambitions.

This backbone of integrity and spiritual perseverance is what sets this music of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll beyond and above all other music. It may be reasonable to complain, but American Zen is always struggling for improvement and solutions... while complaining. This tenacity inspires fans to 'not give up on their dreams,' as Coyote pursues a life-long ambition that always seems near or far--but always somewhere ahead.


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NEW album released by AMERICAN ZEN:

Kung Fu Cowboy PART 1

End of the Line album

Available at:

    iTunes   "Shaolin Communications"

    Shaolin Records


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by Buddha Z (Coyote's Kung Fu master name)

What does God have to do with it?
Book cover of SUPERSOUL 13

is the journal of The Hippy Coyote from July of 2013 to October 2013.
Available exclusively from


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Kung Fu Cowboy attacked by scorpion

Movie STARRING The Hippy Coyote?


2012 Releases
from Shaolin Records

Coyote Radio Tujunga

THC The Hippy Coyote

Coyote Radio Tujunga album coverThe FOLK ROCK TROUBADOUR
was The Hippy Coyote
from 1973 to 2009.

was recorded LIVE (without overdubs)
around 2003
in Tujunga, California.

14 songs of love, lust, and enlightenment.



"Dizzy, My Toxic Daughter"

American Zen

Halloween Single Song Release

for Caitlin's Halloween Party.

"Dizzy, My Toxic Daughter - Halloween Single Release"
by The Rich.

Special Halloween Release


Live in Venice

The Rich

The Rich featuring The Coyote 1979The Rich are back!


Support The Rich!

Be a Rich supporter. Hee hee.

Released September 23, 2012 for Coyote's 40-year high school reunion in San Diego, California.



4 Decades of Love poetry book

Richard Del Connor, The Hippy Coyote

American Zen LOVE


Coyote invents new ebook layout for lyric and music books.


New ebook formats require resizing and text flow.

  • Coyote uses "underlines" between chords to maintain their placement when lines are broken
  • Published 11/11/2011 in Montrose, California



LEVEL 4 of American Zen

One out of 1,000 people rise to LEVEL 4 = KUNG FU COWBOY.King Solomon's Temple album

  • You have a spiritual lifestyle
  • You talk and debate about the many concepts of God
  • The Original Buddha, created his Buddhist religion when he rose to LEVEL 4 = KUNG FU COWBOY
  • You realize that your happiness is God's happiness
  • You see the community as your family and desire to protect and nurture you neighbors
  • You live a KUNG FU LIFESTYLE of good health, good living, and good exercise
  • Karate is a sport for beating people up -- but Kung Fu is a way of life to bring happiness to yourself and all around you
  • Song sample: "Kung Fu Cowboy"
  • Song sample: "Spirit Gun"
  • Song sample: "Kill The Spider"

American Zen's 1st album =


CDs and the Buddhist Journey of American Zen

Enter American Zen's Website

Level 1 of their Buddhist Journey began with their CD: LEVEL 1 = PEACE OF MIND.

This folk rock album got Coyote's music on CLASSIC ROCK radio stations. A couple FOLK MUSIC radio stations also picked up on Coyote's solo performances like "Simple Lady."

American Zen LEVEL 1


America's First Buddhist Rock Band, American Zen



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      Brochure Page 2: BOOKS and Words of American Zen's Coyote
      Brochure Page 3: Life = 8 Levels
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