“The ’60s and the ’70s: Wonderland” copyright 2015 00individual TLL
EXPERIENCE ROCK & COUNTER CULTURE HISTORY!
1973: The Beginning of the End of the Counter Culture’s Reign
By 1973 00individual, along with many other Tribe members, became somewhat jaded Rockers. For a generation so in tune with the past. present and future, our increasing age and “been there done that” attitude created a strange unspoken vibe.
The exploration of our youth was coming to an end, the end was near, the end was our future.
We had successfully survived the transition from high school, to jobs and moving out on our own, but after the many, many extended hours, days, months and years of unparalleled joy there existed a sad vibe with the knowledge of the inevitable end of an era.
Many purists believed that the end had come after the Summer of Love, but 00individual can attest that, like the songs, albums and concerts, as well as kindred spirit Brothers and Sisters, the Vibe carried on through the next few years – it was certainly not as intense, but it was there.
The days when the Vibe was like oxygen, life-sustaining and readily-available, were now slipping away and had to be sought out and cultivated.
With friends, 00individual always had a real-world observation of the Tribe’s movements as “Host” to four of the better-known rental places to hang, get high, Rock-Out and solve the World’s problems – and kept the “communal house” atmosphere until ’75 – as he had been doing more on than off since ’69. (For examples see: Mind-Blower #9 – Mescaline, Mind-Blower #4, Mind-Blower #1, Mind-Blower #5 – the Good).
The time-crunching history of surreal events that were happening world-wide, locally and daily, paralleled our growth. Every year’s jam-packed revelations seemed like two or three combined, and that in turn created a feeling of hurtling into the future in slow motion. It was like an anti-climax of some expectation from the fulfillment of so much.
By the mid-’70s the sad break-up of Tribes across the Nation had begun, spirits were questioned, as was everything, and introspection about the future and present-day concerns about survival presented sobering facts that before always seemed to take care of themselves while living full tilt.
There were many contributing historical factors to the Fall of the Counter Culture, ironically the Vietnam War was one of them.
The War finally ended in April 1975 and although the Counter Culture and Student/Youth Movements are historically acknowledged as major forces toward the success of the end of that unjust war – it left the Counter Culture at large, as well as many hard fought anti-war movement Counter Culture Activists and Devotees without a major cause to champion.
It had been a dedicated decade-long war against the government, the military, the establishment and any and all forces of unjust power, so to come down off that psychological level, even a notch or two, could be a heavy cold-turkey withdrawal of a sense of loss of meaning in one’s life.
Many members of the Counter Culture adapted, took on a new lifestyle, dropped-out, continued school, took careers seriously, reinvented themselves, moved, married or capitalized on their past experiences.
Some, like 00individual, were ‘tuned-in” and were all too aware of the rarity of the times so continued on and rode out the last Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll waves of ’74 and ’75.
And as these sets of waves came in less and less, and when the shoreline resembled the edges of a lake rather than an ocean, – life was still far and above more exciting because of how our lives were enriched by our past Counter Culture experiences.
The serene, slow, innocent life of the ’50s allowed us a never-to-be-seen-again-in-history childhood experience before we accelerated into a life of excitement, injustice, adventure, confrontation, awareness, wars, love, assassinations, Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll of the ’60s.
The Counter Culture, born from the Beat Generation, but created by the Boomer Generation, culminated into a fast and furious psychedelic rush to its true end; the mid-’70s.
“Disco” and the “Love Songs of the ’70s” by Singer/Songwriters dominated music, and by 1980 the Counter Culture, Tribes, Hippies, Revolutionaries and Brothers and Sisters were a cultural diaspora – mind-expanded nomads, whom history notes of the 1960’s Counter Culture as being directly responsible for more lasting and beneficial advancements “for the People” than any generation before or since.
We had acquired a whole lotta cosmic knowledge – mind-blowing and mind expanding knowledge on a myriad of subjects that mattered – and in a compressed period of time.
And we all could feel it, the moments leading up to that moment when it all changed. Even though it was gradual, it was making itself known, it was all around you, it was everywhere you went, there was no denying the fact that what changed, . . . was you.
It was a historical ride, a once in anyone’s lifetime trip and 00individual is thankful right down to the real nitty gritty of his Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul for the experience.*
BILLY COBHAM . . SPECTRUM October 1, 1973
1973: A Sonic Shot of Adrenaline
Meanwhile in 1973 Rock History was at it’s Pinnacle, and to celebrate the last vestiges of the era, the faithful received the psychedelic sonic jolt of Jazz Rock drummer Billy Cobham’s album Spectrum.
Spectrum had a stellar line up with fellow Mahavishnu Orchestra band member and future “Miami Vice” keyboardist, Jan Hammer; veteran studio musician Lee Sklar on Fender bass; and Tommy ”Zephyr” Bolin on guitar.
Everyone on this album worked at a surreal synchronistic level – sublime, precise – the trade offs of musicians’ “solos riffs” were cohesive as if one entity. Whew!
Bolin has been recognized as at the height of his short but dazzling career and at the top of this game on this album – Quadrant 4 is insane, truly – Tommy Bolin is a True Rock and Jazz Guitar God.
Cobham is a unique blend of Gene Krupa, Elvin Jones and Keith Moon and is an amazing force – Sklar’s bass is powerful funk and Jan Hammer is an Icon in his own right and future leader of his own group – there’s some musician wizardry going on here by all!
Classic and highly accessible Jazz/Rock
All songs written and composed by Billy Cobham.
Searching For The Right Door / Spectrum
Anxiety / Taurian Matador
To The Women In My Life /Le Lis
Snoopy’s Search / Red Baron
Spectrum was a welcome wake-up call to all of us jaded Rockers
to remember that there were still a few perfect musical waves out there to catch.
00individual caught Mezzanine-era Massive Attack at the Hollywood Palladium back in ’98 –
their sample of Cobham’s Stratus achieved excellence with their track
Safe From Harm . . .
. . . and on that note,
Love, Peace and Happiness, Brothers and Sisters!
*In ’75 00individual met his Malibu Nature Girl Soul-Mate,
married her in ’77 and had a little Rocker in ’80.
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