“00individual Easter Bunny Celebrates April 1968” copyright 2018 00individual TLL
EXPERIENCE the HISTORICAL HEIGHT of POP and ROCK and PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE!
and the Year that Shattered American and World History
The year 1968 was to be a very bold step away from the Summer Of Love serendipity of 1967. While still wildly psychedelic, life’s rainbow colors would soon bring deep, dark ominous tones to the front of the spectrum. The unthinkable would happen again, and again.
As a mid-term student 00individual began the 12th grade in the first quarter of 1968. At seventeen his world was a swirl of the freedom of his own car, girlfriends, Marijuana (eventually Psychedelics), a part-time job, incredibly fun weekends – and the social experiment that was high school. At this point 00individual’s mind had been opened to a whole new way of seeing the world through a “lens of importance” that helped define priorities. School was no longer a place of academic learning, instead it became a place for social interaction that would ultimately far outweigh the benefits that academics could supply in real-world situations where street-wise knowledge was needed.
There were three distinct cultural events that took place during April 1968 that have become everlasting important historic impressions that still influence, and have created discussion every day since.
1) The film “2001 A Space Odyssey” became a Quasi-Trip Counter-Culture must see. This was a mind-bender and not just for the Psychedelic Head Trip Visual Ending, but for the filmed reality of space flight to back up the underlying mystery of life itself.
2) The nation had been numb since JFK’s asassination in 1963 with only time to heal those wounds, when on April 3rd another beloved leader was shot down; Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was asassinated. Things were getting ugly.
3) “Hair: the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” was a celebration of the Counter-Culture centered around the zeitgeist theme; “Make Love Not War”. Along with the top ten songs, the important current societal issues, and the popularity of the Broadway show that triggered performances around the world; the free-spirit of “Hair” paved the way for new attitudes toward theater – and life.
April was a huge month on every level. Dig it.
Apr 2 The Beatles form Python Music Ltd
Apr 2 Senator E Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin
Apr 2 “2001: A Space Odyssey” story by sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke, directed by Stanley Kubrick, and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.
Apr 3 N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
Apr 3 “Planet of the Apes” United States wide premiere
Apr 4 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned
Apr 4 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
Apr 6 With EMI getting impatient for another record and the ‘new’ quartet clear that they would carry on without their founder, an announcement was made to the press that Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd had parted company.
Apr 8 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000
Apr 9 Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta
Apr 10 “George M!” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances
Apr 10 40th Academy Awards: “In the Heat of the Night”, Rod Steiger & Katherine Hepburn win
Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Apr 11 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act
Apr 12 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah
Apr 14 First NBA game at Madison Sq Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
Apr 18 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
Apr 18 London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
Apr 18 Mart Crowley’s “Boys in the Band” premieres in NYC
Apr 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Apr 24 Leftist students take over Columbia University, NYC
Apr 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Apr 26 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
Apr 26 US underground nuclear test, “Boxcar,” 1 megaton device
Apr 27 Congress of Political Party Radicals (PPR) forms in Netherlands
Apr 29 “Hair” premeires on Braoadway at the Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
Apr 3 – Simon & Garfunkel -Bookends
In a weird way, Bookends served as a prescient album that echoed the mood of 1968. Side one of this concept album dealt with stages of life with the standout track “America”. Side two was enigmatic, a perfectly rare set of album tracks that capture a moment in history when songs like these elicited the heights of what the power of voice and lyric can achieve. Besides the mini-anthem “Fakin’ It”, and the playful “Punky’s Dilemma”, S & G delivered some heavy Rock with “Mrs. Robinson”, “A Hazy Shade of Winter”, and “At the Zoo”.
Apr 3 – Moby Grape – double LP – Wow/Grape Jam
Apr 6 – Cilla Black – Sher-oo!
Apr 8 – Merle Haggard – The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde
Apr 19 – The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle
Apr 22 – The Monkees – The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
Apr 27 – Sly & the Family Stone – Dance to the Music
Apr 29 – The Temptations – The Temptations Wish It Would Rain
Booker T and The MG’s – Doin’ Our Thing
Tiny Tim – God Bless Tiny Tim
James Brown – I Got the Feelin’
Amboy Dukes – Journey to the Center of the Mind
Spanky and Our Gang – Like to Get to Know You
Spanky’s vocals counter-point the male choruses, and the lead male vocal is sublime – and then there’s that righteous coda.
Linda Ronstadt – Stone Poneys and Friends Vol. III
1910 Fruitgum Company – Simon Says
Eric Burdon & The Animals – The Twain Shall Meet
US Top 20 Singles for the Week Ending April 20, 1968:
1 HONEY – Bobby Goldsboro (United Artists)
2 YOUNG GIRL – The Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett (Columbia)
3 CRY LIKE A BABY – The Box Tops (Mala)
4 LADY MADONNA – The Beatles (Capitol)
5 (Sweet Sweet Baby) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE – Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
6 (Sittin’ On) THE DOCK OF THE BAY – Otis Redding (Volt)
7 THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE – Georgie Fame (Epic)
8 DANCE TO THE MUSIC – Sly and the Family Stone (Epic)
9 I GOT THE FEELIN’ – James Brown and the Famous Flames (King)
10 MIGHTY QUINN (Quinn the Eskimo) – Manfred Mann (Mercury)
11 SCARBOROUGH FAIR (Canticle) – Simon and Garfunkel (Columbia)
12 LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU – The Delfonics (Philly Groove)
13 VALLERI – The Monkees (Colgems)
14 IF YOU CAN WANT – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (Tamla)
15 LOVE IS BLUE – Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra (Philips)
16 SUMMERTIME BLUES – Blue Cheer (Philips)
17 PLAYBOY – Gene and Debbe (TRX)
18 COWBOYS TO GIRLS – The Intruders (Gamble)
19 THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY – Hugo Montenegro, Orchestra/Chorus (RCA Victor)
20 THE UNICORN – The Irish Rovers (Decca)
April 2 – The Scalphunters
April 3 – 2001: A Space Odyssey
April 4 – The Party
The Party was a hoot with the genius of Peter Sellers on full display.
Fired as an extra from a movie set when he causes a disasterous and costly “accident” he is mistakenly invited to a swinging Hollywood party at the mansion home of the movie producer that fired him. Like a magnet for mayhem, Sellers’ mostly improvised interactions with the guests serve as an amazingly funny and continuously amusing journey through the escalating happenings one night at The Party.
April 10 – Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows
April 10 – Will Penny
April 24 – Yours, Mine and Ours
After cosmic upgrades and modifications at the underground Secret Garage and R & D Labs,
the Psychedelic Train takes off into 1968 space to commune with the 2001 A Space Odyssey StarChild.
“The Psychedelic Train Communes With The 2001 A Space Odyssey StarChild.”
copyright 2018 00individual TLL