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Monday’s Music Moves Me
It’s free choice week at 4M so I am going to relive part of my 60’s experience. When I came home from Vietnam the Hippie Movement was in full swing here in the U.S. There was a genre of rock music that came to be known as psychedelic or acid rock. It was influenced by a drug known as LSD. Bands that came out of this time period were Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Emerson/Lake&Palmer, Cream, Grateful Dead, Blue Oyster Cult, and a host of others. I took a portion of the money that I had saved while in the service, actually almost all of it, and bought a component stereo system. A component stereo was a system in which each piece was purchased separately and could be from different manufacturers. I had a tuntable (for playing vinyls), an amplifier/tuner, a pair of speakers with tweeters, mid-range and 12″ air suspension bass, and last but far from least, a reel to reel tape deck. The sound from my system could rattle the walls and make the earth move. So what was I listening to? First up was Steppenwolf. Their most famous song, “Born to be Wild” was an anthem for the counter culture and was featured in the movie “Easy Rider”, starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and the guy wearing the gold football helmet is none other than Jack Nicholson. Easy Rider was his break-out role.
Nearly all of us listened to Led Zeppelin and their first major hit was “Whole Lotta Love”.
Another group that spawned a rock icon was the group Cream. Jack Bruce on bass guitar, Ginger Baker on drums and none other than Eric Clapton playing lead guitar and singing lead vocals. Their first and biggest hit was Sunshine of Your Love. Internal squabbles, drugs and alcohol, contributed to the demise of this group and they each went their separate ways to form their own careers.
The hardest rockin’ female of the day was Janis Joplin. She was the epitome of the “Hippie Chick”. Her life was cut short by bad decisions with drugs and alcohol, but her talent was undeniable.
Probably the second most famous female vocalist of the day was Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane. This group came out of San Francisco, which was ground zero for the whole hippie counter culture movement of the day.
One thing you will notice about these groups, nearly everyone of them made an appearance at the greatest rock concert of all time, Woodstock. Well, there you have it, the hippie side of my music tastes from the 60’s. Have a blessed week.