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Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Monterey Pop Festival- June 16th-June 18th 1967

'None of us, as we piled out of the cars and began walking toward the ticket takers, knew how huge and altering the festival was going to be. We had no idea that the three days we were about to spend there would go down in history. As always we were just there for the scene and the tunes.'
The Monterey Pop Festival was much like Woodstock in the fact that no one knew how big it would end up being and no one really realized going in that the festival would end up becoming apart of music history. All they knew was that it was a weekend of really good tunes. This was the show that launched the careers of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, it was the first time people got to see Jimi's wild stage performance, and in many ways it was the start of a ride that would last three years and pretty much end with Woodstock. The whole thing ended up being made into a film and thanks to youtube you can see it all and for a moment you can pretend as if you, too, were apart of that weekend of magical music moments. So here it is, the Monterey Pop Festival. Enjoy!
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Jimi Hendrix-Are You Experienced (Full Album)

'The album was ‘Are You Experienced?’. Four times in a row I played it, feeling that I had to be experienced because this new cat had blown my mind!'
When writing about Liz hearing Hendrix for the first time, it was another one of those moments where I had to imagine what that must have been like. In this life, for me, Hendrix has always been there but I am the only person in my family that listens to him so in a small way I can understand what Liz might have felt when the first notes of Purple Haze came blasting through her speakers but in other ways I have no idea. There had never been a sound like his before he came onto the scene. Although there has never been another Hendrix and likely never will be, heavy metal and hard guitars is something I am more than familiar with. So I had to not only imagine hearing Hendrix for the first time but also hearing that style, the heavy rifts, the amazing sounds...I can only hope I did it justice.
Track One: Purple Haze-
Track Two: Manic Depression-
Track Three: Hey Joe-
Track Four: Love or Confusion-
Track Five: May This Be Love-
Track Six: I Don't Live Today-
Track Seven: The Wind Cries Mary-
Track Eight: Fire-
Track Nine: 3rd Stone From the Sun-
Track Ten: Foxey Lady-
Track 11: Are You Experienced?-

The Beatles-A Day In the Life

'The next day I woke up inspired…sort of. As it turned out, the surprise Jack had for me was a copy of The Beatles’ album ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, which wasn’t to be released until June twenty first. This was the most anticipated work thus far by fans of The Fab Four. The latest single from the album, ‘A Day in the Life’ had already been banned by the BBC for its references to drugs. All the heads just knew that the guys had joined us. They, too, were tripping. And everyone wanted to see just where that trip had taken their new music.'
A Day in the Life was a single unlike anything The Beatles had done before it and Sgt. Pepper was an album unlike anything the band had put out before. It was a perfect way to start out The Summer of Love. It fit right in. References to drugs were talked about, singles were banned, and the album was a huge commercial success. The Haight/Ashbury was most likely blasting the sounds of that album from one side to the other.


The Hippie Tours Through San Francisco

'He started to laugh. “Dig this. Next month we’re all officially becoming a circus act.”
     Thinking he was simply tripping, I asked, but expected no serious reply, “What are you talking about?”
     “Tour buses through the area. The hippie tour, they’re calling it. Some shit like that. You know, so people can come and stare at the exotic fucking animals through the protection of steel and glass. You ever heard such shit as that?”'
In 1967, tour buses started coming through the Haight/Ashbury allowing people in straight society the chance to  have a guided tour through the district and see the new counter-culture up close. Many parents of runaways came and used the tours as a chance to try to find their wayward youths and others just wanted to see these strange young kids. Whatever their reasons for coming, they came and for a while that hippie paradise was invaded three times a day by straight people.