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!!!