mondayMEDIA, the parent company of GemsTone, began in 1996 as a consulting company highlighting graphics and website creation by Anna Monday. In 2005, mondayMEDIA also became an audio/visual label with the release of several CDs and DVDs of new and archival materials drawn from audio and video recordings engineered and produced by Jon Monday , as well as recordings licensed from the Hollywood Vedanta Archive. 

THEN: Jon filming Pat Benetar in make-up for the Get Nervous album cover photo session (1982).

For the past 30-plus years, Jon Monday has been recording events; first audio recordings and later, when affordable camcorders became available, video recordings. The events were fundamentally two types: lectures and gatherings at various Vedanta Societies and videotapes of the Los Angeles music scene of the late 70s and early 80s, which he observed in the roles he played as general manager of Takoma Records and later as head of marketing at Chrysalis Records.

Presently, mondayMEDIA is digitizing, authoring, and distributing products on CD and DVD, as well as creating, producing, and directing new documentaries. As a corollary, mondayMEDIA is issuing and re-issuing sacred and metaphysical projects released on the separate GemsTone label.

For the past forty years both Jon and Anna Monday have been practicing Vedantists and members of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. While living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1990s, Jon served on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Vedanta Center .

NOW:  Group picture, April 13, 2006, at a Dalai Lama gathering in San Francisco. (Jon is behind Huston Smith, upper right-hand.)

Resumes of Jon Monday
and Anna Monday

Production Credits:

Titles released on the GemsTone label

GT1001-CD – Swami Prabhavananda – What Is Religion?

GT1002-CD – Tibetan Chants recorded by Huston Smith – Music of Tibet

GT1003-CD – Christopher Isherwood - Reads Selections from the Bhagavad Gita

GT1004-CD – Christopher Isherwood - Reads Selections from the Upanishads

GT1005-CD – Talofa: Music of Samoa

GT1006-CD – Vedanta Hollywood Men’s Choir - One Only One

GT1007-CD – Christopher Isherwood - Girish Ghosh

GT1008-CD – Aldous Huxley – Knowledge and Understanding

GT1012-CD – Christopher Isherwood – Reads Two Lectures on the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Vivekananda

GT1013-CD – Aldous Huxley – Who Are We?

GT2002-DVD – Swami Prabhavananda – Eight Limbs of Yoga

GT2003-DVD – Swami Shraddhananda – The Swami at Work and Play

GT2004-DVD – Huston Smith and Phil Cousineau – The Roots of Fundamentalism

GT2005-DVD – Swami Prabavananda – Blessed Are the Pure in Heat and Be Still and Know That I Am God

GT2018-DVD - Christopher Isherwood – Reads Two Lectures on the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Vivekananda

Titles released on the mondayMEDIA label:

MM4001-DVD – Charles Bukowski – There’s Gonna Be a God Damn Riot in Here

MM4002-DVD – Charles Bukowski – The Last Straw

MM4009-DVD – Chalmers Johnson – Evil Empire

MondayMEDIA production credits:

2006 - Esalen Institute, Envisioning the Future: From Spirit to Social Action, DVD - with Ken Dytchwald, Joanne Shenandoah, Phil Cousineau, Robert Reich, and Huston Smith, Producer/Director

2006 - Various Artists, The Revenge of Blind Joe Death: The John Fahey Tribute Album, CD - Takoma/Fantasy, Producer

2007 - Esalen Institute, A Time for Solutions, DVD - with Ken Dytchwald, John Cleese, Deepak Chopra, Robert Reich, Mollie Katzen, Michael Murphy, Jay Alexander, and Kathy Smith, Producer/Director

2008 - Esalen Institute, The Way Forward, DVD - with Ken Dytchwald, Amory Lovins, Robert Reich, Sam Keen, Chungliang Al Huang, Anna Halprin, Michael Murphy, Joseph Montville, Patricia de Jong, and Anisa Mehdt, Producer/Director

2009 - Esalen Institute, Vision & Visionaries: The Alchemy of Transformation, DVD - with Ken Dytchwald, Robert Reich, Bob Herbert, Isabel Allende, Michael Krasny, Nina Simons, Kenny Ausubel, Akuyoe Graham, Greg Hodge, and Michael Murphy, Producer/Director