On 11/4/2014 8:00 PM, fleetwood_macnche...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife] wrote:

Thanks for the time machine. I was very influenced by bands like CCR ("Fortunate Son"), The Who, and Jefferson Airplane/Starship ("Volunteers"), by their uncompromising voice for change. Some bands only had a single or an album that made it big (ex: "White Bird"), but all of it was fresh and new, and there was a lot to choose from.

/We saw many of these groups at Chet Helm's Family Dog venue in San Francisco at the Avalon Ballroom when we lived in the Haight-Ashbury District of SF. We had come out from Texas with Doug Sham and his band. We were all drug-crazed hippies, until we started TM.

My ex-wife, Sally Mann, married Spencer Dryden (RIP), the Airplane drummer, after he got fired from the band, according to Tamarkin. It was really tough on me at the time - married to a gorgeous groupie and being a groupie myself. It's amazing we stayed together three months. Go figure.


/Sally Mann (Dryden) with Grace Slick, 1967//
//Work cited://
/*/Got a Revolution!: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane/*/
//by Jeff Tamarkin//
//Atria Books, 2003//
//p. 197//
//In this song you can hear Grace Slick's great contralto voice. Two hits from the album Surrealistic Pillow are "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit", listed in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." //
//Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit - 1967//


---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...> wrote :

The link to the Laurel Canyon site is interesting and brought back many memories. However I wouldn't call Laural Canyon the birth of the Hippie Movement. There beatniks before that and of course bohemians WAY before that even.

Tim Leary never mentioned drugs during his at the event my band opened. He talked about enlightenment and ways (other than drugs) of achieving it.

Music always pushes the edge, many of the rock musicians in the 60s bands had jazz backgrounds so we put a little jazz into the music, as much as we could get away with. Thus it had a very ethereal sound. Record companies looked for bands who were a little ahead of the time.

As for the protest songs they were what the record companies would let them get away with. "For What It's Worth" like the blog writer points out was about a clash with the police over a popular coffee house.

A lot of the rock musicians were around 2-4 years older than myself and indeed some had done a stint in the military. But other than getting to see the world a little it had little impact on their music. Of course a lot of my fellow musicians were sons and daughters of dads who had served in WWII.

And some knew "people in high places" which kept them from getting busted with drugs by getting tipped when they were "hot". ;-)

On 11/04/2014 12:36 PM, 'Richard J. Williams' punditster@... <mailto:punditster@...> [FairfieldLife] wrote:

    On 11/4/2014 1:22 PM, Bhairitu noozguru@... <mailto:noozguru@...>
    [FairfieldLife] wrote:
    Back in the late 1960s during the "psychedelic era" there were
    all kinds of crooks trying to pull mind control on folks
    We always suspected this and my theory is that the hippie
    movement was infiltrated by outside agents in a mass effort to
    program  the whole hippie community into falling down into a
    rabbit hole of confusion and ribaldry so as to self-destruct.

    First they sent out informants like Tim Leary to try and talk us
    into taking psychedelic substances so as to alter our
    consciousness. Then, they sent in the rock singers to get us into
    a trance state with loud rhythm music and liberal lyrics.

    So, with the hippies all stoned out and getting programmed by the
    rock music, they became like robots controlled through suggestion
    and brain-washing. I mean, have you actually read the lyrics of
    some of those 60's protest songs?/

    "There is something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly
    clear. There's a man with a gun over there." - Stephen Stills
    /It is interesting that many of the late sixties rock singers
    were military brats and all connected to the U.S. military. In
    some cases, the rock singers were previously actually in the U.S.

    For example, Jim Morrison's father was a U.S. Navy admiral in
    Vietnam and Frank Zappa was a former Air Force Airman. This list
    of these military brats goes on and on. Go figure.

    *The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon & Birth of
    the Hippie Generation*

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