Thursday, December 6, 2012

GRATITUDE - December 6, 2012


Those were my high school and college years, with a lot of weekends spent in San Francisco, a definite anchor in the West Coast music scene.  At the Fillmore you could see the soon to-be-legends of classic rock for $2.00 or $3.00, with 3 or 4 groups on the bill.  I'm sure standing in front of the jet-engine decible spekers helped me to the comforting silence of semi-deafness I enjoy today.  I put in my hearing aids for my family - still not satisfactory to them - but it is a positive gesture on my part.  If you aren't trying to listen to an important conversation or to the dialogue on the  T.V. the muted silence is nice.

I became a big fan of style of music poster art and got fairly acomplished at writing in a style that is barely legible today to anyone that wasn't in the moment.  The short lived talent faded when I stopped doing artwork on my son's lunch bags when they were small.

Good Times.  Sparked my desire to play Rock Bass.  Just took me 40 years to make it happen. With less hair of course.

1960 - 1969
"The sixties were the age of youth, as 70 million children from the post-war baby boom became teenagers and young adults. The movement away from the conservative fifties continued and eventually resulted in revolutionary ways of thinking and real change in the cultural fabric of American life. No longer content to be images of the generation ahead of them, young people wanted change. The changes affected education, values, lifestyles, laws, and entertainment. Many of the revolutionary ideas which began in the sixties are continuing to evolve today.

In the mid-1960s, The Fillmore Auditorium became the focal point for psychedelic music and counterculture in general, with such acts as John Mahon,The Grateful Dead,The Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Byrds, Big Brother and the Holding Company,Carlos Santana, The Allman Brothers Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, and British acts The Who, Pink Floyd, Elton John, and Cream all performing at the venue. Besides rock, Graham also featured non-rock acts such as Lenny Bruce,Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Lloyd, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding as well as poetry readings.

The venue had a legendary ambience as well as the stellar performances, often with swirling light-show projections, strobe lights and uninhibited dancing. The cultural impact of the Fillmore was very large. It is referenced by Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in a description of the counterculture of the 1960s in the San Francisco Bay area."

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