28 jul. 2010

The end of the 60' : The Altamont Speedway Free Festival

The Altamont Speedway Free Concert was born with the intention of becoming a new Woodstock, this time on the West Coast of the United States. However, although the Woodstock Festival was an example of how a great multitude of people can come together without having the slightest incident, the Altamont festival was an example of how not to organize such an event ever. The accumulation of nonsense was enormous: the location of the event was not announced until 48 hours before, everything was pure improvisation, there was no bathrooms for attendees, the stage was just four feet and, if it weren't enough, the Rolling Stones decided it was a good idea to use the Hell's Angels as security crew for the festival, who were receiving only $500 plus beer. All this made the concert a powder keg, and that the situation was degenerating into a wild chaos that ended with serious episodes of violence and that will be remembered for the final performance of the Rolling Stones in which a member of the Hell's Angels killed there, before the crowd gathered, one of the assistants, Meredith Hunter, who, incidentally, under the influence of alcohol and drugs had burst from the crowd with a gun in his hand.
If ever there had been a hippie culture, in this day and at this time, it died forever

22 jul. 2010

The first television appearance of the Stone Roses

The Stone Roses were really unique. Exponents of Madchester and Britpop dads, the success of your selfentlited debut album, 'The Stone Roses', was so overwhelming that today is still considered one of the best albums in the history of British music. But the turning point that made people wonder who were those guys and discover the superb quality of his music was his first appearance on TV in 1989. Nothing more and nothing less than the very BBC, the BBC's program The Late Show, with the whole country watching. In the middle of the song the power went out, and while the presenter Tracey MacLeod put poker face, the angry frontman, Ian Brown, went mad and started yelling at everyone in the program: Amateurs!!! Amateurs!!!

10 dic. 2009

And Bob Dylan "created" Rock & Roll

There are many opinions and theories about who was the creator of rock and roll. From Jackie Brenston to Big Joe Turner, through Little Richard, Chuck Berry or Ike Turner.

But there is no discussion about that the person who made rock & roll the most important musical genre of the twentieth century was none other than Bob Dylan.

And that hapenned a night in 1966, in Manchester, in an anecdote that The Rolling Stone Magazine considered one of the 50 most important moments in the history of music.

Bob Dylan appeared into the American music scene as the leader of a classic folk revival movement. His followers saw themselves as purists of traditional American music, and regarded as "junk music" that new style of music with electric instrumentation called rock & roll, that was having so much success among the youth, with Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry and some kids from Liverpool breaking the singles chart.

After four albums of classic folk Bob Dylan was exalted as the musician who would save the traditional style of the new push against rock & roll.

But in 1965, Dylan wanted to go a step further. His musical creativity was confined by the dogmatism of classical folk and Dylan saw that rock & roll offered an infinitely larger field of possibilities. That year, he released "Bringing It All Back Home" where the acoustic sound of folk was mixed with the electric sound of rock & roll in what is considered the birth of folk-rock.

His followers then, saw him as a traitor and began pursuing and booing Dylan as a musician who had sold to the new style, as was evident on July 25, 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival where Dylan and his band leaved the stage after a huge booing.

But the climax came in Manchester in 1966. Dylan had released the famous and immeasurable "Highway 61 Revisited" months earlier, a record that changed the history of music and rock & roll in particular, with "Like a Rolling Stone" as its most important song.

So the night of May 17, 1966 at the Manchester Free Trade Hall, John Cordwell who attended the concert, could not put up with what he considered a betrayal and rose from his seat and turning to Dylan shouted "Judas! !.

Just then, he was going to play "Like a Rolling Stone". Bob Dylan, stood calm, approached the microphone and said: "I do not believe you. You are a liar!". And turning to his band, said the phrase with which the rock & roll became, definitely, the most important musical genre of the twentieth century: "PLAY IT FUCKING LOUD!!!"