1969

On Friday June 20, 1969, a music festival known as “Newport 69” started. It was the 2nd year for the festival, with the first being held in Costa Mesa, CA. The 1969 festival was held at Devonshire Downs in Northridge, CA. Attended by an estimated 200,000 fans, the festival on June 20–22, 1969 was the […]

This is one of those ‘way back’ machine moments… On June 7, 1969, over 100,000 people showed up in London’s Hyde Park for the free concert which was the live debut of a new band called Blind Faith. The band featured Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech. From what people who were […]

It was one of the definitive albums of a generation. On May 29, 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their debut LP. It was one of the first popular albums that got away from the loud guitars and pop melodies. And people were ready for it. All of the songs on the record were written […]

In 1969, long hair could be a problem…. On May 20, 1969, Chicago bassist Peter Cetera, after just finishing a tour decided to take in a baseball game to relax. He went to Dodger Stadium in LA, where his beloved Cubs were playing the Dodgers. In the crowd were four Marines who notice his long […]

In 1969, not everybody was ready for Detroit’s MC5. The MC5 had released their LP “Kick Out The Jams” and as most of you know the opening line of the title song was / is “Kick out the Jams Motherfuckers!”. A Michigan record store chain called ‘Hudsons’ refused to stock the record because of that […]

Bob Dylan released his ninth studio album “Nashville Skyline” on April 9, 1969. The Columbia Records LP was released as a record, a reel to reel tape and audio cassette. (Fairly early for the cassette format) Building on the rustic style he experimented with on John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline displayed a complete immersion into […]

Did he or didn’t he? On March 1, 1969, The Doors played a concert at Miami’s Coconut Grove Auditorium. During the show, Jim Morrison allegedly exposed himself to the crowd. The others on stage said he was no doubt drunk, disinterested, and verbally taunting the audience, but he never, as Ray Manzarek once said ‘whipped […]

Jethro Tull released their first LP “This Was” in the US on Feb. 3, 1969. The record was released in the UK in Oct. of 1968. The album was recorded at a cost of only £1200, and it is the only studio album by Tull to feature guitarist Mick Abrahams. The good reception of the […]

On Jan. 30, 1969, The Beatles, along with Billy Preston, played a few songs on the rooftop of their office building at 3 Savile Row, London. People gathered in the streets and the police were called when some shop owners complained about the noise. They had decided to do the concert a few days earlier, […]

On Jan. 14, 1969, the movie “Monterey Pop” had its premier in Los Angeles. The movie was one of the first times many of Americas youths had a chance to see many of the artists who performed there. Kids had heard many of the names and had heard some of their music, but this movie […]


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