Music from the 1960s fuels a social revolution

1024x1024By Peter Hartlaub  /  Posted at;Source: SFGate  – Welcome to Our San Francisco, a yearlong project looking at 150 years of the city’s history. Each week a different chapter will be explored in the newspaper, on, in Peter Hartlaub’s The Big Event blog on, and on social media at #OurSF.

This week’s chapter: San Francisco Sound and the Summer of Love.

The first time the words “San Francisco Sound” showed up in the San Francisco Chronicle, they appeared under (of all people) the byline of the television critic.

He was not a fan.

“There’s nothing wrong about enjoying the ‘San Francisco Sound,’ but don’t tell me it’s good music.” Terrence O’Flaherty wrote in a May 29, 1967, column. “ To get serious about it is like attributing philosophical and sociological undertones to ‘The Beverly Hillbillies.’”

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The 1960s birthed a cultural revolution that changed San Francisco forever, and it was fueled by the music. From the emergence of bands such as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead in 1965, to the Summer of Love in 1967, musicians and promoters challenged a complacent society, then weathered the storm that followed.

Looking at newspaper articles from the era, it’s clear that this scene was created by institutions that protested the artists as much as the artists themselves. Even within the pages of The Chronicle, there seemed to be a civil war of words going on, which helped stoke the movement’s notoriety. “Ear-Splitting Sound of SF” read one Spring 1967 news headline, on the same day that music critic Ralph J. Gleason wrote a column praising the artist-fueled revolution.

“Who owns the street? Who owns the country?” Gleason wrote. “(The music scene) is a continuous color TV be-in with the greatest cast of all — human beings in full flower of exotic delight.”

A crowd gathers on a hilltop at sunrise in San Francisco to bask in the afterglow of the Summer of Love in October 1967. Photo: AP / 1967 AP

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A crowd gathers on a hilltop at sunrise in San Francisco to bask in the afterglow of the Summer of Love in October 1967.

While the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin are the names most commonly associated with the San Francisco Sound, the true forefathers were two lesser-known bands: the Charlatans and the Beau Brummels.

The first mention in The San Francisco Chronicle of the musical wave to come was a July 25, 1965, notice for the Charlatans’ upcoming gig at the Red Dog Saloon, describing them as “five oddly-named young men with shoulder-length hair and other Edwardian affectations.”

A few other important early dates:

August 13, 1965: Marty Balin opened the Matrix, which featured, according to a Chronicle listing, “J.C. Burris playing the harmonica; also, a folk-singing group called jefferson airplane.” (In these early days, few even tried to describe the sound, let alone spell anyone’s name right. “The Jefferson Airplane, a folk-singing group led by Marty Balan … will use material of a Bob Dylan nature,” The Chronicle reported.)

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Former pastor reacts to Cannabis Church: ‘1960s hippie’ | WISH-TV shows Pro-Cristian bias…

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 6.09.20 AMBy Howard Monroe/Posted at; – INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Some in the neighborhood surrounding the First Church of Cannabis are still unhappy it’s there.

“The guy has no developed theology, he has no doctrine of any version of salvation, no doctrine of end times, no doctrine of any sort,” said Ken Swan who lives nearby. “It’s basically 1960s hippie, lets-all-love-one-another-and-smoke-pot.”

The church is on South Rural Street, which is now lined with police tape and no parking signs.

Swan knows the church well, he was the pastor when it was the Hansing Park Christian Church.

He says when he was first told of the church, the first thing that went through his mind was grief.

Swan is blind, but he says he can see through the haze of what’s happening.

“Illegal activity under the name of a church,” said Swan.

Swan’s church closed in 2011 because of financial issues and declining membership.

By contrast, the First Church of Cannabis was at capacity Wednesday.

“Everybody gets it, everybody likes it so what’s a better birth for a new religion?” asked Bill Levin, the founder of the First Church of Cannabis. “We’re celebrating life’s great adventure and starting a new religion, it’s real simple, it’s a beautiful thing that everyone can wrap their head around. The deity doesn’t.”

Read more via…Source: Former pastor reacts to Cannabis Church: ‘1960s hippie’ | WISH-TV


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Yeppers, we have a SCOTUS judge that insults his fellow judges by calling their decisions “applesauce” and” jiggery pokery”, “argle bargle” and who knows what else. So here ya go sweet hippies…

Apple cake with streusel topping recipe

Why not, bake a cake in honor of one of the most inept bigoted and corporate bought Justices in my lifetime.

In other news; another clown for the car wedges his butt in. Christie declared. That makes fourteen and I think there may be at least one more bozo in the wings. I have to admit I’m waiting to see Christie and Trump try to out, “Godfather” themselves in a debate. One of my British friends has been asking me via my computer about this election because as he said, “Britain follows America’s lead like a puppy.” I told him that this election really concerns me because there is not one Republican running that is acting as if they would consider the wellbeing of anyone anywhere other than millionaires and billionaires. That is the sad truth of it. There is not ONE that I would trust in that position.

So, let’s eat some cake and read up on the French Revolution.


Much of Pacific Ocean Threatened by Fukushima Releases, an Area Covering 1/3 of the Globe — IAEA Begins Testing

By ENENews – Marshall Islands Journal, Jul 18, 2014 (emphasis added): Seawater check for radioactivity… the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the Marshall Islands earlier this month to train local officials to sample seawater for radioactive cesium… the IAEA Project [is] called “Marine benchmark study on the possible impact of the Fukushima radioactive releases in the Asia-Pacific Region.”… During a field exercise on July 2, two sets of seawater samples were collected… The samples were collected on filter cartridges coated with chemicals that will bond to the cesium element… This is the start of monitoring Marshall Islands seawater for cesium radioactivity which will be carried out every three months…

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, Ambassador Glyn Davies, Permanent U.S. Representative to the IAEA, 2011: Today the Secretariat has presented to us a new Technical Cooperation project entitled “Marine benchmark study on the possible impact of the Fukushima radioactive releases in the Asia-Pacific Region.”… Member States in the region are understandably concerned for the safety of their marine environments. The IAEA has unique expertise to offer in helping them to assess how recent events in Japan may affect their food and water resources… The United States fully supports this project… While the Secretariat has demonstrated admirable flexibility and agility in assembling this project quickly to meet anurgent need, we recognize… extra-budgetary resources are required… My delegation is pleased to announce that the United States will immediately make available $400,000 for this new regional, Fukushima-related project… We hope this contribution will allow the project to move forward without delay…

Read more via…Source: Much of Pacific Ocean Threatened by Fukushima Releases, an Area Covering 1/3 of the Globe — IAEA Begins Testing | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

On Hermann Hesse’s birth anniversary an Indian tale


On Hermann Hesse’s birth anniversary, Reji Varghese explores the Nobel Laureate’s connection with India and how the counter culture, hippie movement of the 60s brought his work to the mainstream.

“While words of learned length and thundering sound

Amazed the gazing rustics ranged around…” 

These lines from Oliver Goldsmith’s poem The Deserted Village, applied to the gathering at 146, Mathikarai, Bangalore in 1985, that I was part of, which discussed books, literature and poems. The only reason I was in that dingy house that reeked of rum and stale cigarettes was because I played in the college band and some of my band mates who lived in that house, were part of the literary group that met often to discuss and debate authors.

I must admit, I did try borrowing and reading a few of the books discussed, but the only thing these books helped in was to induce a deep sleep in me. I never got past the first few pages of any of these books.

All that changed one summer holiday in Kottayam, when I had run through all the Louis L’Amour in my cousin’s neatly arranged bookshelf. I chanced upon an author who was discussed at that august gathering in Mathikarai. I picked the book up and decided to give it a shot. It was alluringly slim and had a distinctly Indian name — Siddhartha.

When I started reading, I found it quite simply written with not much of the bluster and thunder that I expected. This book induced curiosity rather than sleep. I sat through the afternoon and late into the night and finished the book on the same day. The story was of a Brahmin’s pursuit of enlightenment and was set in India around the time of the Buddha. There are very few books that can change the way you think, and for me, Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha was one of them.

Read more via…Source: On Hermann Hesse’s birth anniversary an Indian tale – The Hindu


Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 10.50.46 AMBY BEN WESTHOFF/Posted at; –

Since its founding in 2008, Electric Forest has split the difference between jam bands and EDM. On Friday night Skrillex, playing a guitar, joined String Cheese for a medley of Doors’ songs “Break on Through (To the Other Side)” and “L.A. Woman.” It wasn’t as bad as it sounds!
Though Bassnectar, Kaskade and Big Gigantic also headlined this year, String Cheese Incident was the true main event, playing the final three nights of the festival, with sets that were scheduled to run from three and a half hours to over four. The co-producers of the festival, Madison House Presents, are the Colorado-based jam band’s management team, and String Cheese is the “original muse” of the event, in the words of festival PR.

While on the surface jam bands and EDM sounds like a culture clash waiting to happen – ravers in tutus, meet dudes who only wear hemp! – in reality it works out great. Continue reading…

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