1967 was a huge year in rock music. It basically started with the Doors’ debut album and ended with Magical Mystery Tour. It is hard to keep up with all the anniversaries, but here are some recent new items.
The UPDATED part: I won’t make you scroll all the way down to where this update would logically go, but I found out today that the Grammy Museum is opening an exhibit on the Monterey Pop Festival on May 11. Entitled “Monterey International Pop Festival: Music, Love, and Flowers, 1967,” it has been organized in collaboration with Lou Adler, who co-founded the festival. Running through the fall, the show will display a bunch of groovy artifacts from Adler’s private collection as well as from the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation. On display will be items relating to such festival performers as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and Ravi Shankar, along with photographs from acclaimed photographers as Henry Diltz, Tom O’Neil, Elaine Mayes, and Ed Caraeff. If you go in the exhibit’s opening days, you can also catch the Jim Marshall photo exhibit, which closes May 14 (see more below).
Monterey Pop took place in June 16-18. This year, the 50th anniversary will be marked with a new Monterey Pop Festival taking place over the same three days. The 2017 edition will feature another awesome, eclectic bill. Eric Burdon & the Animals, Booker T. Stax Revue and Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band represent acts from the original lineup (Otis Redding and the Grateful Dead in the case of the latter two band).
Other noted performers scheduled to appear include Gary Clark Jr., Jim James, Father John Misty, Jack Johnson, Dr. Dog, Norah Jones, North Mississippi Allstars, The Head and the Heart, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Hiss Golden Messenger, Jackie Greene, Jamtown (featuring Cisco Adler, Donovan Frankenreiter and G. Love), Kurt Vile & the Violators, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Leon Bridges, Nicki Bluhm and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Regina Spektor and Sara Watkins. I would assume there will be some more to come.
There will also a new CD commemorating the anniversary. Iconic Performances From The Monterey International Pop Festival holds 13 historic tracks from the concert. Put together by the Monterey International Pop Foundation, the album (due June 9) also includes a new essay by NME journalist (and festival attendee) Keith Altham, 16-page booklet, a reproduction of the original festival artist pass, and a gold-foil package to mark the 50th anniversary of the festival.
- Buffalo Springfield – “For What It’s Worth”
- Paul Butterfield – “Driftin Blue
- The Grateful Dead – “Out In the Cold, Rain and Snow”
- Simon and Garfunkel – “Sounds of Silence”
- Laura Nyro – “Poverty Train”
- The Electric Flag – “Wine”
- Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”
- Big Brother and the Holding Company (feat. Janis Joplin) – “Ball and Chain”
- The Who – “Substitute”
- Hugh Masekela – “Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song)”
- Otis Redding – “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”
- Jimi Hendrix – “Like a Rolling Stone”
- The Mamas & The Papas – “California Dreamin'”
At the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles through May 14, you can view the photography exhibit Jim Marshall’s 1967, which takes a look at San Francisco’s Summer of Love through the lens of the fabled photographer.
On May 2, the Museum also will host a special evening with Giles Martin, who has done a new mix of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition. The landmark album (produced by Giles’ late father) turns 50 on June 1.
1967 also was the year that Stephen Stills and Judy Collins “hooked up.” Their 2-year relationship resulted into the Stills’ famous song “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” The two have “reunited” to do their first real album together (Stills worked before with Collins but only as a sideman) that should be released this summer. This summer, they will embark on a tour too; their L.A. date is Sept. 1 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Still’s busy 2017 also includes more shows with his current blues-based band The Ride that features other heavy hitters Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg (FYI: Goldberg appears on the Monterey Pop CD as a member of the Electric Flag), and working on his long-in-the-works autobiography (which Stills notes he is doing on his own, stating “dammit, I’m writing it myself. Why would I use a ghostwriter? Do you want a 300-page People interview?”)
In slightly younger news, On April 20, the Grateful Dead Movie will get a special one-night-only 40th anniversary screening courtesy of Rhino Entertainment and Fathom Events. To get info on participating cinemas, you can visit https://www.fathomevents.com/events/the-grateful-dead-movie-40th-anniversary?utm_source=fathom&utm_medium=press+releases&utm_campaign=grateful+dead+movie/.
I saw it at the old Colony Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. I think my brother and I were among the handful of film-goers at our matinee screening. I suspect more folks will be attending these screenings.
Meanwhile, the new, nearly 4-hour Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, will be released in L.A. and N.Y.C. on May 26 and be available on Amazon Prime Video beginning June 2. Rhino will be putting out an accompanying soundtrack CD. Well, two CDs. One is a 2-disc set while there will be a 3-disc version that’s an Amazon exclusive. And later this summer, you can look for a monster 6-LP limited edition version.
- Disc One
- “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)
- “St. Stephen” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)
- “Uncle John’s Band” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)
- “Dark Star” (Live At The Fillmore East, New York, NY, 2/14/1970)*
- “Easy Wind” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)
- “Candyman” (American Beauty, 1970)
- “China Cat Sunflower”> (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*
- “I Know You Rider” (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*
- “Morning Dew” (Europe ’72, Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, England, 5/26/1972)
- Disc Two
- “He’s Gone” (Sunshine Daydream, Live At Veneta, OR, 8/27/1972)
- “The Music Never Stopped” (Live At The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, 8/13/1975)*
- “Scarlet Begonias”> ( Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
- “Fire On The Mountain” (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
- “Althea” (Go To Nassau, Live At Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, 5/16/1980)
- “Touch Of Grey” (In The Dark, 1987)
- “Dear Mr. Fantasy”> (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*
- “Hey Jude” (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*
- “Ripple”> (American Beauty, 1970)
- “Brokedown Palace” (American Beauty, 1970)
- Disc Three – Amazon Exclusive (CD and LP)
- “Playing In The Band” (Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings, Live At Beat-Club, West Germany, 4/21/1972)
- “Eyes Of The World” (Dick’s Picks, Vol. 31, Live At Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 1974)
- “St. Stephen”> (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
- “Not Fade Away”> (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
- “St. Stephen” (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)
- “Dark Hollow” (Reckoning, 1981)
- “Stella Blue” (Live At Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma City, OK, 7/5/1981)*
- “Days Between” (Live At Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 10/18/1994)*