Category Archives: Music of the 60s

July 17 Music et al

July 17 Music et al

Herb Albert

June 17 – 23, 1967: Herb Albert’s Sounds Like… is the Billboard #1 album.

July 17 Music et al

John Coltrane

July 17, 1967, Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died at age 40.

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Joint Show

July 17 Music et al

July 17, 1967: the Joint Show opened in the Moore Gallery in San Francisco. It was the first art show to celebrate Psychedelic rock concert poster artists and their work. The show showcased the “BIG FIVE” rock artists of the times: Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, and Wes Wilson. Each of the five artists created a poster exclusively for the show, which was also made available for purchase. The show helped to create an acceptance of rock concert poster art in the larger art world and the museum community, and led to more gallery shows and the inclusion of these types of works into museum collections. (Exhibition opening photos from AAA dot SI dot EDU) (see Sept 23)

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Jimi Hendrix

July 17, 1967: one of the oddest musical pairings ended when Jimi Hendrix dropped out as the opening act for The Monkees. Mike Jeffery, Hendrix’s manager had made the booking. Jeffery was seeking greater public exposure for a young client who was a budding star in the UK, but a near-unknown in his native United States.


It was in the UK, in fact, that Monkee Mike Nesmith first heard a tape of Hendrix playing while at a dinner party with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. Nesmith and his fellow Monkees Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz became instant Hendrix fans, and after witnessing his legendary performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, they encouraged their own manager to invite the little-known but highly respected Jimi Hendrix Experience to join their upcoming U.S. tour. (see Hendrix/Monkees for expanded story; next Hendrix, see Aug 23)

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Yellow Submarine

July 17 Music et al

July 17, 1968: The Beatles movie, Yellow Submarine, released in the UK (Roger Ebert review 1968)(see Aug 8)

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Road to Bethel

July 17, 1969: although initially expressing disinterest in renting land for the festival, Max Yasgur agreed to meet with Woodstock Ventures after hearing that it is the group just kicked out of Wallkill. (see Road to Bethel for expanded story)

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April Music et al

April Music et al

Ray Charles


In April 1962: Ray Charles successfully combined country music with soul and crosses into the pop realm with the album “Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music” – the #1 album of 1962.



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LSD


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In April, 1966: Sandoz Pharmaceutical recalled the LSD it had previously distributed and withdrew its sponsorship for work with LSD. (see September 1966)


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Future Woodstock Performers


In April 1967: Country Joe (age 25 ) and the Fish released first album, Electric Music for the Mind and Body. (see May 12)



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Ken Kesey

April Music et al


In April 1967: Ken Kesey re-tried. Hung jury. Pled guilty to a lesser charge. Given 6 months on work farm.  (2015 San Francisco Chronical article) (see June 1967)


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The Road to Bethel

In April 1969: Allan Mann met with Elliiot Tiber who offered a barn for a theater from free if Mann would rent a nearby 6-room Victorian for the summer for $800. Paul Johnson, a friend of Mann, agreed to put the down payment of $200 for the house in exchange for a room there for the summer. [keep in mind, this agreement was made before Wallkill evicted the festival.


From  the Woodstock Preservation site: By this time it was April and I was broke and was looking through the Village Voice for a job when I saw Elliot Tiber’s ad for a summer barn theater for free. If I was going to develop a world class theater company on the level of The Open Theater, The Living Theater and The Polish Mime Theater it certainly would be beneficial to get the performers out of the city to a place where we could work intensively together with minimum distractions and form a communal theater company that eventually would be the basis for an entire tribal arts complex.  So I called Elliot to make an appointment to go up to White Lake and got my friend Paul Johnson to drive me and Jane up there.


The agreement would result in the Earthlight Theatre Troupe who would be in the right place at the right time when Wallkill evicted Woodstock Ventures and Ventures relocated to Bethel. (see Apr 1)


 

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Woodstock Music Art Fair Pictures

Woodstock Music Art Fair Pictures

 


My Woodstock story is a straightforward one. High school friend Tony and I left NJ and got close to the site on Friday night, walked in on Saturday morning, and hitch-hiked back to the car on Sunday afternoon.


I had borrowed my girlfriend’s father’s 35mm camera and his binoculars. I bought one roll of Kodachrome slide film and loaded it into the camera.


As Tony and I walked toward Bethel and the site on Saturday morning I took a few pictures. On Saturday I took several more. Once during the night I took a picture. I finished the roll on Sunday before we left. A few times I experimented and put the binoculars up to the camera’s lens and improvised a telephoto lens.


Tony and I hardly moved the time we were there. We staked out our 8-foot square and only left a few times in an unsuccessful search for food and to use the porta-johns.


Here are those pictures. Click on the picture to “open” it up and see a larger size.


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It was a foggy misty Sullivan County, NY morning. It is interesting today when I show these Rt 17B pictures to friends and guest at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Museum, what they see. Many love looking at the cars and tell me how they had that model or how their neighbor had one like it.


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More parked cars. Traffic was literally at a standstill. The time was approximately 7 AM


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We would ask people, “How much farther?” and their answer always was, “Just up ahead.”


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We do not have one picture of ourselves that weekend other than this picture which includes the back of Tony (blue shirt carrying a sleeping bag). We were getting closer, but we didn’t realize it.


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While most locals were unhappy with the traffic and idea of a rock festival, these enterprising people set up a hot dog and soda stand. $1 a dog; $1 a soda. We decided to wait than pay such a high price.


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We found a spot a hundred yards + from the stage toward the left, spread out our sleeping bags, and sat down. This guy was in front of us. His hat and umbrella were unusual to me, so I took his picture. The umbrella was a parasol for the sunny afternoon. Saturday was a beautiful day.


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Most of my pictures, as you’ll see, were simply of the crowd.


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Two lighting towers and the still unfinished artists tent in the background.


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Quill. Saturday’s opening act. This is one of the shots through my binoculars.


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When you get tired of group shots, you take a picture of a balloon. In the distance you can see one of the large tent areas that another farmers rented space for.


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I often ask people to “look for the hippies” in these pictures. You won’t see many.


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After Santana finished “Soul Sacrifice” 500,000 people stood to cheer, applaud, stomp, shout, and whistle. It was a physical event. I stood and took two pictures. This one and the next.


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Not a crowd shot, but simple a peace pillow on top of the typical sleeping bag many of us brought.



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Another crowd shot. Perhaps there was a reason why, but it’s lost in my memory.


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When I try to explain who was at the festival, I sometimes half-jokingly say, “White kids getting sunburned.”


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Everyone was high? Not quite, but these friendly people offered a hit to Tony and me. We politely declined.


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This lucky guy scored a can of soda. Now he has to find his way back.


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Yet another crowd shot.


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Evening. Hungry. We meandered to the Food for Love tents. Empty. Neither food nor love.


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The one night shot. Pretty sure it’s Mountain playing. Note the lighting on the left along the wooden walkway built for staff and musicians to get from the other side of the road to the staging area.


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The Who had finished, the misty Sunday sunrise appeared, and the Jefferson Airplane would close Saturdays 18-hour marathon of music.


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Some Sunday risers while some still sleep in their blow-up tents.


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More Sunday morning risers with an abandoned tee-pee framework.


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Waiting for Sunday’s music to begin.


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Click for sure to enlarge and read the sign of this guy who walked around with his banner–“Love Your Animal Friends, Don’t Eat Them.”


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Sunday music began with Joe Cocker. One of those binocular shots.


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My last shot. This woman had the largest afro I’d ever seen and it was bleached white besides. Note the kid (headband) sitting on his Jeep seat.


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