Catch the restored documentary in a theater near you, head to Morrison Hotel Gallery to check out a photo exhibit, and read a recap of a recent Q&A with D.A. Pennebaker. Also: watch Michelle Phillips play “California Dreamin'” at Monterey Pop 50 with The Head and the Heart.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop Fest and the Summer of Love, here are the 50 best psychedelic rock records of 1967, from Jefferson Airplane to Love to the Bee Gees to Pink Floyd to Donovan, and yes, The Beatles.
1962 – The Konrads (featuring Dave Jay, later to become David Bowie) make their live debut when they play at Bromley Technical School in Kent, England.
1965 – Bob Dylan records “Like A Rolling Stone” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City in the sessions for the forthcoming Highway 61 Revisited album. Session musicians include Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, whose Hammond organ on this track becomes one of rock’s most recognizable sounds.
1967 – The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California begins. The festival marks the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis ...
The Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, California was arguably the apex of the 1967 Summer of Love. Featuring some of the best live performances from the era’s most iconic performers, Monterey Pop was one of the first modern music festivals. I don’t think another festival has topped the music, spirit, and camaraderie of Monterey since (even Woodstock…); to say the attendees were lucky is a huge understatement.
Many of these performances have been immortalized (see: Jimi Hendrix and The Who), but it’s easy to overlook some when the festival was chockfull of amazing sets. Below are some ...
1967 – Pink Floyd record their first single, “Arnold Layne.”
1971 – Five months after her death, Janis Joplin starts a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart with Pearl. “Buried Alive in the Blues” remains an instrumental as she died before adding her vocals.
1984 – The Jacksons’ Pepsi commercial premieres on MTV.
1995 – PJ Harvey releases her first solo album, To Bring You My Love.
2000 – The Beach Boys: An American Family TV mini-series begin airing on ABC.
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1926 – The first network radio broadcast airs on the new National Broadcasting Company, soon to be known as NBC. The show is four and a half hours of varied performances from New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
1934 – Gene Autry appears in his first film, In Old Santa Fe, becoming the first “singing cowboy” on the silver screen.
1956 – Elvis Presley’s first movie, Love Me Tender, premieres at the Paramount Theater in New York City.
1966 – The Doors officially sign a 7-album deal with Elektra Records. The band also reluctantly agrees to release “Break On Through” as ...
1963 – In Britain, the Beatles make their first appearance on a major TV show, Sunday Night at the Palladium.
1965 – The Who record “My Generation” at Pye studios in London. Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC initially refused to play the song because it did not want to offend people who stutter.
1970 – Janis Joplin’s ashes are scattered at Stinson Beach in Marin County, California.
1877 – Thomas Edison invents the phonograph and makes the first sound recording.
1960 – Pete Best becomes the drummer of the Silver Beetles, who soon rename themselves to simply The Beatles.
1967 – Fleetwood Mac make their stage debut at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, England, alongside such acts as Donovan, Cream, The Small Faces, and Chicken Shack.
1968 – The New Yardbirds, later to be known as Led Zeppelin, begin their first rehearsal beneath a record store at 22 Gerrard Street in Westminster, London. One of the first songs they play together is a cover ...
1969 – The photo session for the cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album takes place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan balances on a stepladder in the middle of the road and takes six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George crossing the road while a policeman held up traffic. Afterward, the band returns to the studio and records overdubs on “The End,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” and “Oh! Darling.”
1970 – Christine McVie plays her first gig with Fleetwood Mac at a show in New Orleans (and she plays on some of ...
1954 – Elvis Presley signs a recording contract with Sun Records and quits his day job at The Crown Electric Company. Sam Phillips from Sun Records originally wanted to use the 19-year-old to make demos of songs meant for other artists, but soon realized that he could bridge the gap between white and black performances.
1962 – The Rolling Stones make their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club in London with Dick Taylor on bass (later of The Pretty Things) and Mick Avory on drums (later of The Kinks). Billed as The Rollin’ Stones, they are paid £20 for ...
1964 – At producers Phil Spector’s suggestion, The Rolling Stones record “It’s All Over Now,” “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” and “Time Is On My Side” at Chess studios in Chicago. The band gets to meet Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, and Chuck Berry during the day.
1966 – The Monkees’ first recording sessions take place. Despite working with feature members of the Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians in Los Angeles, the sessions are ultimately unsuccessful.
1966 – Janis Joplin makes her singing debut with Big Brother & the Holding Company at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom.
“Sing a song of sixpence that goes/Burn the Witch/We know where you live.”
The above quote was sent to Radiohead fans around the world over the weekend. Now, after wiping the web clean of all things Radiohead, the band has released a teaser video with some music that could be on their forthcoming album. (UPDATE: The song “Burn The Witch is out in full — listen to it below.)
1967 – The Beatles complete the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road studios in London. The final recordings are of gibberish and noise which would follow “A Day in the Life” in the run-out groove. They record assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cuts up and randomly reassembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also add a high-pitch whistle audible only by dogs. These are omitted from the American version of the album.
1969 – Janis Joplin makes her London stage debut when she and her Kozmic Blues Band perform ...
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If a venue where Led Zeppelin or AC/DC were playing had a squeaky front door, would anyone have noticed? Wednesday night at the Poisson Rouge, cellist Maya Beiser played songs by both Zep and AC/DC from her cleverly inventive new album, Uncovered, while the downstairs front door creaked and screeched on its hinges throughout what appeared to be a sold-out show. At first that worked as a creepy horror-movie effect, underscoring Beiser’s alternately sultry and bluesily plantive version of Zep’s Black Dog and then an acerbically lingering, Janis Joplin-influenced instrumental cover of Gershwin’s Summertime. But by the middle of the ...
There’s a little cello metal on Maya Beiser‘s new album Uncovered (streaming online), but most of it is art-rock. Beiser has made a name for herself in the classical and avant garde worlds; this time out, she plays gorgeously reinvented, sometimes ethereal, often otherworldly covers of well-known FM radio rock and blues songs. The new arrangements by Band on a Can All-Stars clarinetist Evan Ziporyn are magical, enabling Beiser to become a one-woman orchestra via lushly layered multitracks, occasionally backed by simple, emphatic bass and drums. She’s playing the album release show at le Poisson Rouge on Sept 4 at ...
Johnny Winter, an American bluesman known for his lightning-fast guitar riffs and his collaborations with Jimi Hendrix and his childhood hero, Muddy Waters, died July 16 in a hotel room in Zurich. He was 70.
This looks like a fun show as there is certainly enough “Grace Slick meets Janis Joplin” in The Broadcast lead singer Caitlin Krisko’s vocals. NYC-to-Asheville, NC transplants The Broadcast are playing their NYC record release show at Rockwood Music Hall on November 2nd in support of their latest disc, Dodge the Arrow, which came out last month. This is a late show (doors at 11PM) and advance tickets are $10.
It sounds like you are going to want to get to the show ...