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Alive As Yesterday: 1967 Concerts

ALIVE AS YESTERDAY: 1967 CONCERTS

Electric Flag, Moby Grape Steve Miller Fillmore SF CA

 

Donovan Cow Palace San Francisco, CA

 

 Lenny Bruce The Mothers of …

Rock Geography: Monterey Pop Festival 1967

Today on the Rock & Roll is a State of Mind blog, we celebrate the 54th anniversary of what many regard as one of  the very first rock festivals...Monterey Pop! 

While Monterey Pop wasn’t the first music…

Remembering Bill Graham & The Fillmore East

This blog post is dedicated to my dear friend, Jeff Goldstein who spent many happy hours @ The Fillmore East

 

The Story of the Fillmore East begins here...

Located…

Rock & Roll: The Psychedelic Years (Expanded Edition)

Psychedelic rock was a musical genre that emerged in the mid-sixties due to the popularity of such mind-altering drugs as LSD, mescaline, cannabis and peyote mushrooms.  The roots of Psychedelic Rock begin here: On Friday April 16, 1943 (a…

The Beatles On Tour 1964

1964

"The Beatles were one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time. They also had one of the fiercest, most intensely loyal fandoms of all time. Beatles fans — mainly teenage girls —…

1966: A Moment In Time

Over the years there have been many arguments concerning which year produced the best rock album.  While this is most probably arrived at via a subjective view point, there is a serious case to be made for the…

Hot Platters: Live Albums That Changed My Life

Live albums were once a staple of most rock acts but could possibly be considered an endangered species nowadays.  Sure, over the years there have been many live albums that were released as a holding action because a band…

Vince Taylor: The Original Ziggy Stardust

 

Vince Taylor, while not widely known to US rock fans, was an influential part of the European rock scene in the late 50's and early 60's.  While not widely known to US rock fans, Taylor was an influential…

The Persistence of Memory: Becoming Sgt. Pepper

 

“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startles out wonder

as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

Over the…

The Beatles: Something Cool To Read This Week!

 

 

 

 

Worried that no-one would understand their Liverpool accents in 1964 film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, US music execs considered dubbing them over with American actors. McCartney harrumphed: “We can understand a fucking…

Rock & Roll Library: My 2020 Summer Reading List

While my life suddenly got deconstructed during the ongoing pandemic, I tried to ignore the madness of the outside world by finally finding the time to read a stack of rock & roll books that I had on…

1970: The Saga of the Festival Express

It was on June 27, 1970, that the Transcontinental Pop Festival began its journey in Toronto, Canada. This festival was part of a series of concerts in Canada that became known as The Festival Express which is also the…

1960's Swinging London: A Moment In Time

Today's blog post is about Swinging London; a moment in time that reconfigured the music, fashion, movies and books of the youth culture.

There came a moment when London first shook off the coils of hidebound British

Rock & Roll 1975

 

Lester Bangs

In a June 1975 article in Creem magazine, Lester Bangs, while writing about how the impact of the breakup of the Beatles, captured some of the angst that existed in rock & roll…

When Concert Posters Were An Art Form 1965

 

British Invasion Concerts NYC

 

The Dave Clark Five Harry Deal & THe Galaxies, The Six Keys The Knaves Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, NC

 

Rolling Stones Dave Berry …

How Radio Lost Its Groove

HOW RADIO LOST ITS GROOVE

 

In recent years, it has become obvious that radio, at least as the entity that I grew up with in my teenage and young adult years, has lost its groove.  These days,…

Faces in the Crowd: Jimmy Miller (Producer)

“One thing that producers and engineers tend to have in common is their undeniable love of music, and it is the highs they experience in the recording studio--those exhilarating moments when the blending of artistic effort, musical material, and…

The Most Bizarre Rock & Roll Albums of All Time!

I've been an avid music collector since the early 1960's.  Besides the great albums I purchased, I always took note of some of the really bad records I bought over the years...you know what I'm talking about don'cha?  Record…

The History of Glam Rock

Glam Rock was a rock & roll music genre which proceeded the punk music movement in the early 70's.  Along with the music which parlayed rock music in a much more flamboyant manner, Glam Rock also had a significant…