Newport Pop Festival

August 3, 1968, Newport Pop Festival is born. It’s the first rock festival to top 100,000 people.

KHJ Los Angles’ Humble Harve Miller is hired to promote and host the event, held at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California.

Dig it.

We all know The Grateful Dead & Jefferson Airplane, but what about Sopwith Camel? 

Sopwith Camel, is a barely recalled—but amazing—group from the Summer of Love-era San Francisco, who were the second Bay Area band to be signed to a major label (after Jefferson Airplane) and the first to have a top 40 hit, 1967’s Lovin’ Spoonful-esque (both bands had same producer, Erik Jacobsen) “Hello, Hello.”

Source: We all know The Grateful Dead & Jefferson Airplane, but what about Sopwith Camel? | Dangerous Minds

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 …

Volunteers turns 50 …

… and its relevance is stronger than ever.

November 20, 1969 ~ “Volunteers” was a great big middle finger to the Establishment back in 1969. The Viet Nam war was raging on and on and on and the Airplane wanted a revolution. Not a metaphorical revolution — they wanted blood in the streets.

While it’s probably just what we need right now it’s probably never going to happen. You have to give a shit. And sadly, people just don’t give a shit about democracy anymore.