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Monterey Pop screenings, photo exhibit & more Summer of Love stuff

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

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.

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1967’s best rock bands still touring (The Who, Dead, Beatles, Clapton, Floyd, more)

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A companion guide to our list of the 50 Best Psychedelic Rock Albums of the Summer of Love. Catch one of the many great artists still playing clubs and stadiums in 2017….

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The 50 best psychedelic rock albums of the Summer of Love

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

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.

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Highlights from Monterey Pop, the Best Music Festival Ever

Source: Rock On Philly

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 ...

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Revisiting the Summer of Love: Upcoming Concerts That Celebrate the Spirit of 1967

Source: Rock On Philly

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It’s been 50 years since 1967 and the “Summer of Love” – a moment in history where peace, love, and freedom inspired positive grassroots change. You could even argue that one could split the 20th century into two eras: before 1967 and after 1967, the latter indicating the beginning of the sexual revolution, women’s rights movement, and aftermath of the civil rights movement. The 60’s didn’t really become the 60’s until 1967.

Experimental music flourished during this period, with “flower power” psychedelia in full swing. Iconic albums like The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts ...

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Jan 17 in Music History: Dave Mason records the trumpet on “Penny Lane,” David Bowie gets his first #1 album in the US

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Jan 17 in Music History: Dave Mason records the trumpet on “Penny Lane,” David Bowie gets his first #1 album in the US
1965 – The Rolling Stones record “The Last Time” and “Play With Fire.”

1967 – London’s Daily Mail newspaper carries an article about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire, inspiring John Lennon to mention it in “A Day In The Life.” That same day, a 40-year-old David Mason records the piccolo trumpet solo for The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid £27 ($42) for his performance.

1969 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts publishes his book, Ode to a High Flying Bird. The book is a tribute to Charlie Parker.

1979 – Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou ...

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Catchy Tunesmithing and Smartly Relevant Songwriting from the New Tarot

Source: New York Music Daily

Friday night at the Poisson Rouge, a crowd of about fifty people – which is a lot, in this post-election depression – gathered out of the cold to witness a short but impactful set by the catchy and eclectic New Tarot. This band has a lot of flavors. New wave is where they’re coming from, but they blend in elements as diverse as 90s Portishead trip-hop, growling riff-rock, 60s psychedelia, a little ornate art-rock and a little lyrically-fueled Americana.

They opened with a scampering new wave-flavored number and its coy “meow meow” or two early on, Karen Walker’s woozy keyboards bringing ...

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Catchy Tunesmithing and Smartly Relevant Songwriting from the New Tarot

Source: New York Music Daily

Friday night at the Poisson Rouge, a crowd of about fifty people – which is a lot, in this post-election depression – gathered out of the cold to witness a short but impactful set by the catchy and eclectic New Tarot. This band has a lot of flavors. New wave is where they’re coming from, but they blend in elements as diverse as 90s Portishead trip-hop, growling riff-rock, 60s psychedelia, a little ornate art-rock and some lyrically-fueled Americana.

They opened with a scampering new wave-flavored number and its coy “meow meow” or two early on, Karen Walker’s woozy keyboards bringing to ...

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This Day in Music History: Michael Jackson gets his first solo #1, David Bowie releases Heroes

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This Day in Music History: Michael Jackson gets his first solo #1, David Bowie releases Heroes

1939 – Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is organized.

1957 – The Everly Brothers score their first #1 hit with “Wake Up Little Susie.”

1966 – Former R&B cover band Pink Floyd debut an entire set of psychedelic originals during tonight’s gig at All Saints Hall in London.

1971 – Little Richard’s publisher sues Creedence Clearwater Revival, claiming “Travelin’ Band” is too similar to “Good Golly Miss Molly.” A settlement is eventually reached out of court.

1972 – Michael Jackson lands his first solo #1 with “Ben,” a song about a boy and his pet rat.

1977 – David Bowie releases ...

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This Day in Music History: Marty Balin and Paul Kantner form Jefferson Airplane, Björk releases Debut

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1954 – Elvis Presley’s first professional recording session is held at Sun Records in Memphis, TN with Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The future King records his first release for the label, “That’s All Right (Mama),” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

1958 – Ray Charles’ performance at the Newport Jazz Festival is recorded for a live album.

1965 – Marty Balin and Paul Kantner form a folk rock group that evolves into Jefferson Airplane, the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of the late ’60s. The band makes its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club, and is signed to RCA later in ...

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This Day in Music History: Bob Marley & the Wailers release Exodus, Bryan Ferry releases Boys and Girls

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This Day in Music History: Bob Marley & the Wailers release Exodus, Bryan Ferry releases Boys and Girls

1953 – Elvis Presley becomes the first member of his family to complete high school when he graduates from J.C. Hulmes in Memphis, TN. He sports a split curl in the middle of his forehead for his senior photo, which later becomes his trademark look.

1955 – Buddy Holly opens for Elvis at a matinee concert in Lubbock, Texas. After the show, they sign autographs in a promotional appearance at the Johnson-Connelley Pontiac car dealership.

1959 – Billboard Magazine responds to the growing popularity of stereophonic recordings by splitting its album chart in two: one chart for mono, one for ...

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This Day in Music History: The Beach Boys score their first #1 hit, The Doors play their first gig

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This Day in Music History: The Beach Boys score their first #1 hit, The Doors play their first gig

1960 – The Everly Brothers record “Cathy’s Clown.”

1964 – The Beach Boys score their first #1 hit with “I Get Around.”

1964 – Ella Fitzgerald becomes the first artist to have a hit with a Beatles cover when “Can’t Buy Me Love” enters the UK chart.

1966 – The Doors play their first show. The gig is at the The Whisky A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, where they become the house band for a while.

1970 – Grateful Dead play outside North America for the first time, doing a 4-hour set at the Hollywood Music Festival in England. Mungo Jerry ...

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listen to episode 4 of BrooklynVegan’s “Spotify In Residence” show

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

BV editors Bill Pearis, Andrew Sacher and site founder Dave discuss HBO’s new show Vinyl, the Grammys, favorite Beach Boys albums and more, and play some of their favorite new music.

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In Memoriam – Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson

Source: New York Music Daily

Funny how the Jefferson Airplane became the psychedelic band most imitated on film, but not by other musicians. Because they couldn’t. Jack Casady had done time with James Brown, and he brought that funk with him. And Paul Kantner was the rare rock guitarist who could fling dancing figures into the air and not sound cliched. And now he’s gone.

With the Airplane, Kantner quickly grew into one of the 60s’ most distinctive and interesting guitarists. He loved noise and feedback and was a prime mover experimenting with them. He didn’t waste notes and was content to fire off two ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Remembering Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner

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Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship has died at the age of 74.

Paul Kantner‘s longtime publicist and friend, Cynthia Bowman confirmed he died of multiple organ failure and septic shock after suffering a heart attack this week. Paul Kantner formed Jefferson Airplane with Marty Balin in 1965 and released 7 albums that included the classic songs: “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.” After Jefferson Airplane broke up in 1973, Kantner formed Jefferson Starship in 1974 with ex-Jefferson Airplane front-woman Grace ...

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Top Ten Most Influential Rock Bands

Source: Rock On Philly

Bands receive the question, “What are your influences?” during almost every interview. While the question is certainly not an original one, it’s one that most of us want to know. If we know a band’s influences we can better understand their sound and possibly find some common ground. In rock music, a few big names come up often; these influential bands are like the roots of a musical tree with numerous branches. We tallied up ten of these influential rock bands (in no particular order) that continue to shape aspiring musicians.

10. The Smiths

British alt-rock group The Smiths often ...

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Listen to Vita and the Woolf cover Jefferson Airplane on XPN’s Like A Version

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Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John VetteseOn last night’s weekly Like A Version segment, Jennifer Pague and Bobby Cleveland of Philly soul-rock trio Vita and the Woolf to play a haunting rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” with keyboards, acoustic guitar and Pague’s powerful voice. While on … Continued

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