When legends gather … 

February 17, 1969 ~

Cash and Dylan hit the studio together in Nashville …

 

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The Invasion Begins … 

Reporter: Are you a little embarrassed by the lunacy you cause?
Lennon: No, it’s great …. We like lunatics.

February 7, 1964 ~ Thanks to media coverage and a publicity campaign by Capitol Records, thousands of screaming fans greet The Beatles when Flight 101 from London lands in New York at 1:20 p.m.

The scenes become iconic images of Beatlemania.

February 1, 1964 ~ Indiana Governor Matthew Walsh bans the Kingsmen’s version of “Louie Louie,” calling it “pornographic” and making (literally) a federal case out of it.

Responding to complaints that the lyrics are obscene, The FBI does a thorough .. um .. investigation. One letter of complaint reads: “We all know there is obscene materials available for those who seek it, but when they start sneaking in this material in the guise of the latest ‘teen age rock & roll hit record,’ these morons have gone too far. This land of ours is headed for an extreme state of moral degradation what with this record.”

In every state where an investigation takes place, it’s the same conclusion. The Detroit office writes: “The recording was hurriedly produced and the technique was poor but the record definitely was not obscene.”

It’s a song. That’s all it is. Hell, if Delta House can’t figure out the lyrics, anyone can … right?

Hippie heaven.

January 14, 1967 ~ Upwards of 25,000 people turn up at Golden Gate Park for “A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In” – a prelude to the Summer of Love.

Just about every counter-culture group is represented — hippies, beatniks, Hells Angels taking Timothy Leary’s admonitions to heart. His famous “turn on, tune in, drop out” is born at the be-in, a play on the “sit-in” response by students to the Viet Nam war and civil rights issues.

The Steve Miller Band, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and The Holding Company and Jefferson Airplane play the 6 hour event.

 

Source: Hippie heaven. – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up …

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

January 13, 1968 ~ Backed by June, Carl Perkins and The Tennessee Three, Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison before 2000 inmates.

The Man In Black plays two shows for inmates at Folsom Prison in California. Unlike his previous prison concerts, they are recorded and packaged into his acclaimed live album “At Folsom Prison.”

Cash had been playing prisons since 1957 and had become an advocate for reform. He had never recorded one of his penitentiary shows, as his label, Columbia Records, didn’t like the idea of their artist being associated with a jail.

“At Folsom Prison” lands at #1 on the Country chart and got Cash his own TV series the following year. He cites it as one of his greatest accomplishments, as it helps draw attention to the plight of prisoners.

Legend.