By Jack Sharkey, December 15, 2017

 

1969

The Flower Power movement died an abrupt death at a music festival east of San Francisco, but the power of the art and music of the Sixties still influences us today.

 

Crimson & Clover - Tommy James and the Shondells James started out in the early 60s as a teen idol, but by the end of the decade he was releasing hit after hit of psychedlic-tinged pop rock - none bigger than Crimson & Clover. By the way, take your plate reverb on your Vox guitar amp, plug the vocals in and adjust the termolo of the reverb until its in time with your song, and boom, there you go.   

 

Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf Born in East Prussia, Joachim Fritz Krauledat and his widowed mother escaped advancing Soviet troops at the end of World War Two only to find themselves stuck in Soviet occupied East Germany after the war. In 1949 they escaped the East and resettled in Hanover, West Germany. John Kay personifies how the Sixties generation developed their ideas and art as a result of the war that took place when they were children. In 1969, Steppenwolf scared the daylights out of anyone over thirty, regardless of how safe and quaint they appear today.      

 

Pinball Wizard - The Who Today they're just silly, overblowm concept albums, but in 1969 a rock opera was a preposterous and deliciously disruptive idea.        

 

Touch Me - The Doors The poet laureate of a generation and his merry band of capable-jazz-musicians-gone-rock had their biggest contemporary hit with a thinly veiled pop song and no one cared. Ahhh, simpler times. Stronger than dirt.  

 

Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones As shocked and scared as the band was during this performance (where their Hells Angels security team stabbed a concert goer to death), the Stones didn't hesitate to use the dark imagery of Altamont to further their bad-boy, anti-Beatle reputations.         

 

 

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