Abraxas turns 50

Santana’s second album was released on September 23, 1970.

It’s #207 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was deemed “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in their National Recording Registry in 2016.

In short — it’s a classic and should be in every music lover’s collection if not — as is often the case with Santana albums — for the album artwork alone.

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 …


The most important non-musician in rock …

Bob Weir

A crowd estimated at 300,000 turns out for a concert honoring promoter Bill Graham, the San Francisco legend who died a week earlier.

A whole bunch of heavies and friends show up including Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joan Baez, Santana, Grateful Dead and Journey, which reunites for their first performance since 1987.

The show goes smoothly, a remarkable feat considering it was organized in less than a week; Graham died in a helicopter crash on October 25 at age 60.