I hadn’t heard anything like this when it came out!! Completely different. Still love it.
I remember back to those days of the early sixties when black R&B burst into the charts. It was a time of great optimism and energy.
It was Fifty Years Ago Today
It was fifty years ago today
Revolution took to the streets
In Grosvenor Square and Paris
Students sang to different beats.
In Prague too they were coming alive
Digging the jive as establishments swayed,
Responding with an iron fist
As those rebellious songs played.
They used tanks against the Czechs
And armed guards in Ohio
Tear gas in London
And swung clubs in Chicago
Give Peace a Chance
For the Street Fighting Man
As the Unknown Soldier
Asked what was the plan in Vietnam?
Fifty years on from that protest and change
Now the psychedelic colours are muted.
What is the legacy of the great revolution
In simple terms that can’t be refuted?
Environmental movements and Women’s Lib?
Or just fashion, music and wind?
The establishment’s firmly back in control
And revolution’s been binned.
Yes it’s like the sixties never happened.
All across the world there was a new vibe. The young were up in arms protesting. They turned their backs on the greediness and warmongering of their establishment thugs. They reached across oceans to unite in the building of a new world. Nations did not matter. Race and colour did not matter. Money was not the be all and end all. We wanted something more meaningful, more tolerant, more compassionate, more real and less hypocritical.
All you needed was love.
When we met up we found we could all get along. Differences melted like summer snow.
There was a vibe of peace and love. There was no need for violence and conflict. We were all people. We all felt the same. We shared, laughed, grew, talked and learnt.
We cared about the planet. We demanded equality. We demanded rights and freedoms. We demanded that we be allowed to enjoy life.
There was a sexual revolution. A drug revolution. A political revolution. A music revolution. A social revolution.
But they bought it off. They took over. They sold us out. They undermined. They misrepresented. They made their profits. They took back control. And our idealistic dream was bought and sold, betrayed and soiled. Now the fascists are in control and it’s like the sixties never happened.
I always extend this a little to include bands that weren’t West Coast or weren’t strictly Acid Rock (such as Byrds and Zappa) but they were part of the scene.
I used to love these bands and fortunately managed to see them all live
These are my favourites:
Country Joe and the Fish
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
The Mothers of Invention
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Big Brother and the Holding Company
It’s a Beautiful Day
I thought I’d go back to those heady days of 1964/65 when I were but a lad. Those were the days when bands like The Who, Kinks, Smallfaces, Yardbirds, Birds, Poets, Them, Nashville Teens, Downliners Sect, Measles, Animals, Pretty Things, Others, Paramounts, and, of course, The Stones and Beatles, were all starting out. Every week it was like a new sound exploded on the scene. I was fourteen/fifteen and I loved it.
I used to see Al quite a lot at Bunjies, Les Cousins or on the same circuit as Roy Harper. Occasionally they would be put together.
I like his early stuff best.
Another track off Folkjokeopus – 1969
Zenjem was the B-side of his second single – Midspring Dithering.
When I was walking up my hill in the grey Autumn day – a bit of a contrast to yesterday’s heat and sunshine – I found myself singing this.
The Doors were one of my favourite bands.
It feels like Summer has gone. Where will we be? In the midst of a pandemic and winter on its way!
I’m going right back to when I was a young kid and I used to dig all the great obscure Beat groups. They didn’t have to make the charts – just to be good and exciting!
Today I’ll hunt them all out!