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00individual is a professional artist, writer and conceptual designer.
His life experience coincides with every historical, political, cultural and technological milestone event during the peak times of historic novelty from 1951 to the present. This gives him a unique perspective for credible observations made from personal experiences.
With his own mutant strain of Hyperthymesia, he is able to remember experiences, feelings, events and conversations in detail and transcribe them for historical evidence about a time when anything was possible.
The classic and historic music and rock concert archives are based not only on his interest and personal experience but for the fact that during those classic times he was either a free form Hippie, production artist, record store manager, or rack jobber/ buyer. As a Rack Jobber he was a traveling record store manager with accounts all over greater Los Angeles as a buyer for major dept. stores, military base malls and record store franchises; he had to know ALL genres and what was hot and what was not, and why.
00individual is compelled to do his best to convey the Vibe through reports, reviews, facts, and fun about the concerts, music, and culture in and around Los Angeles during the classic rock concert era: ’65-’75.
His life, heart and soul couldn’t have been at a better place in time than in his late teens in the late ’60s in L.A.; he saw, heard and experienced history personally – from every angle.
00individual speaks Tribal Truth.
Peace and Love!
Hippies, Rockers and Live Music Lovers!
We were all aware that the times were special, but were having too much fun to fully appreciate the magnitude of music history we were witnessing. We were living it! Through hindsight one can truly appreciate the cultural peak of the entire music scene and concerts specifically, from the mid-’60s up to the mid-’70s. This was an incredible time for all us music-loving concert-going fiends!
In 1969 I was 18 and had an art department job near LAX (Los Angeles International Airport); on the opposite end of the country was Woodstock, so I missed-out. I made up for it by going to see as many rock icons as possible when they played L.A. I have included an album cover or handbill header indicating material popular at the time or featured on tour. In many cases, these concerts were performed at the creative height of the artist/ bands’ careers when they were making history!
Although I have always had an extremely broad interest in music, you’ll see that for a glorious decade Rock Ruled Supreme! And for a short period prior to big business smelling the money in our music; concert tickets were scaled anywhere from $ .50 up to the outrageous $7.50!
Remember, that although much of the music of this era is considered classic now and served as the basis for all that came after; we were hearing this music, these songs, for the first time, it was new uncharted territory! There were no precedents!* Try and put yourself in this frame of mind; you have never heard The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or The Who, no Dylan, Zeppelin or Doors, and no Hendrix, weird world, huh? Then imagine the fun, fresh, thrilling and wonderfully strange impact this music, the albums and the concerts had on us. Everyday was a celebration, everyday held forth excitement just to be living during this mass evolvement of the youth culture. And music led the charge, and we all followed.
People say those alive remember where they were when they first heard about JFK’s assassination; well, that I don’t recall, but I do know exactly where I was the first time I heard Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”! No apologies; I was, am and always will be a music fiend. And as an artist I have had the luxury to control my environment and I can say that I’ve been listening to and enjoying music for the better part of the day for the better part of my life; and I’m definitely better for it!
Although most of these concert reviews are written in the third person, they generally reflect the universal reaction, enjoyment and feelings of the group of friends I ran with back then and could easily translate to include like feelings in many of our concert-going Tribes across the Nations during those high times.
For the record: That lame statement, “If you can remember the ’60s, then you weren’t there”, is meant as a comment on memory loss due to the drug use of the era – or that you were a poser. The people that generally use this quote are those who sadly sat on the sidelines and therefore have no memories, while the rest of us were enjoying that precious fun time to its fullest and created memories. My memory of the ’60′s (and ’70s) is vivid; I had my eyes open, my ears open and my mind open.
*(African American Rhythm and Blues roots respectfully and rightfully-noted as the basis for all R ‘n’ R, R & B and Jazz. I refer to the cultural impact of this new music scene as a whole.)