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Fifty years on from the Summer of Love

I was a bit too young to be in the day of it. Music didn't really mean anything to me then other than the popular hits on the wireless but it seems to me that in Hicksville UK the summer of love meant feck all as did all the swinging sixties vibe. A number of people older than me tell me that anyway.

1967 for me was the first year we had in a house with an indoor toilet. We didn't have a music player other than the radio and wouldn't have one until five years later. It was the year I got moved from the B Stream in school to the A stream, the year I got my first crush on a girl and very importantly the year I discovered football. It was during the England Scotland game when Scotland beat the World champions England which we all watched on TV. My life took a big turn just after that game when I went into the street and started kicking a football around. I didn't have a favourite team straight away, I fell in love with it all. It was a bit later through a mix of familiarity with Leeds the place through my dad and his mates, a big brawl at Leeds Road during a Bradford Huddersfield game we got mixed up in and the hostility to Leeds from Huddersfield fans I decided to be a Leeds fan. The more hostility I saw and heard  to Leeds United the more they became my team. Funnily enough that seems to be a common theme amongst a lot of Huddersfield based Leeds Fans.

Anyway back to the music of 67. It was only later when I ploughed back that the brilliant music of that time immersed itself in me. Culturally I'm not sure of the eras long lasting legacy. The Bums lost as the guy said in the Big Lebowski but again I'm not sure about that. One thing I do know is that the music from that era is amongst the best ever made
Heyho

Moving on at a tangent slightly I was reading an article about Woodstock and how it snowballed into a ticket only, few thousand event, to what it turned into.

Turns out that there was a cap on performance fees so they got around it with Hendrix by allowing him 2 sets (acoustic and electric) so he could be paid twice. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young got $5000 between them.

https://www.rebelmouse.com/MusicC...-of-performance-f-1030520967.html
fartcatcher

67 - the birth of Radio 1!
Dock

I wasn't around in the sixties but of the gazillion songs I've listened to and articles I've read about that decade 'The Summer of Love' seems to have been a nifty catch-all phrase for a specific time and a specific short-lived style of music. I remember a great disparaging Liverpudlian deadpan comment by George Harrison in the Beatles Anthology documentary about when he visited San Francisco to check out the scene and the disappointment at what he witnessed: "It was like The Bowery, or alcoholism. It was just a bunch of spotty dropout kids on drugs."

I agree about it not being a widespread phenomenon. All that flowers in the end of guns thing was in the minority. As for the groups that always get mentioned re 'The Summer of Love', I personally think Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead are pretty shit to be honest. I much prefer The Doors, The Seeds, The Bryds, and Love. Not sure about The Seeds geographically, but those latter bands were based in Los Angeles not San Francisco.

As for Britain, some good singles and albums but again, it was short lived and involved only a few hep cats. But I suppose the legacy and influence of some of those bands and songs have had a long lasting impact on pop music.

I'm currently reading a book called: 'Revolution in the Head, The Beatles Records and the Sixties' by Ian Macdonald. I'll do a review, I'm at 1968 at the moment so should finish it soon.

On June 1st it will be the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Peppers Lonley Hearts Club Band. I have the new stereo reissue on pre-order with Amazon. Scheduled for delivery 28th May. There's a big thing in this month's Mojo about how it's enhanced the original mono mix. McCartney really likes what Giles Martin (son of George) has done with the original tapes. I can't wait to hear it. I'm going to have my own er, 'Happening' on the anniversary. I'm going to get a pot of tea and some biscuits, take the cellophane off the new cd and listen to it in its entirety and then when it finishes, I'll hit 'play' again.
Late Doors

I guess it being twenty years or so after the war had an impact. Rationing gone, baby boomers into their teens . Cold war tension, consumer expansion and all  that. The media and celebs of the era talk about LSD but no one I've ever spoke to took it.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
I guess it being twenty years or so after the war had an impact. Rationing gone, baby boomers into their teens . Cold war tension, consumer expansion and all that. The media and celebs of the era talk about LSD but no one I've ever spoke to took it.


I'm not of that era, but I have taken it. Twice. Fucking awful drug. Do I win 5?
Late Doors

Did you create anything magical after it? If so yes
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Did you create anything magical after it? If so yes


No I didn't. I still demand the cash though.

Re Music. I've had this on in the car this week. Great compilation of their stuff between 66-68. It defo fits into the British psych sound. Top band! The tracks 'Nightmares', 'How Does it Feel', and 'Through my Eyes' are very ground breaking for their time and they still sound wicked today. 'Nightmares' has a sort of sitar-drone backing all the way through it. Its a halfway house between a beat group sound and a more explorative music if you ask me........I know you wont.


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