April 7, 1968 … just a few days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Richie Havens and Buddy Guy take the stage for a jam session in tribute to MLK. Janis Joplin with Big Brother and The Holding Company were there, too.
The film, according to a press release, “will pull back the curtain on a mythical world and provide an up-close look at the lives of the musicians who inhabited it. Through rare and newly unearthed footage and audio recordings, the documentary will feature an intimate portrait of the artists who created a music revolution of the ’60s and ’70s that would change popular culture.”
The Chirp releases her 13th on March 23, 1988. Her duet with Peter Gabriel on “My Secret Place” is one of the best ever IMHO. Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Don Henley, Wendy and Lisa and Billy Idol also lend a hand.
My analyst told me that I was right out of my head
But I said dear doctorI think that it’s you instead
Because I have got a thing that’s unique and new
To prove it I’ll have the last laugh on you
‘Cause instead of one head
I got two
And you know two heads are better than one …
~ Joni Mitchell, Trouble Child
January 1, 1974 ~
Forty-five years ago today, The Chirp releases her sixth album. It remains her most successful in terms of sales and it was a portend of what was to come for Joni’s musical journey.
It fuses both folk with touches of jazz and ended up being the seminal coming of age album for millions of young adults world-wide — including me. It’s “that album” that got me through the angst of high school and beyond.
It’s #111 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. For me, it’s Joni’s masterpiece.
December 28, 1968 ~ The Miami Pop Festival sets the stage for what was to come for major festivals.Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Steppenwolf and the Grateful Dead, land in Hallandale, Florida’s Gulfstream Park to entertain 100,000 fans at Miami Pop Festival II, the East Coast’s first major rock festival.
Woodstock will soon eclipse Miami Pop II in the popular American consciousness, but as Rolling Stone declares on February 1, 1969, the festival is “a monumental success in almost every aspect, the first significant – and truly festive – international pop festival held on the East Coast.”