EXPERIENCE the MAJOR HIGH-LIGHTS
of the HISTORICAL HEIGHT of POP and ROCK and PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE!
Before we begin the proceedings, 00individual would like everyone to take a serious look at the thirteen albums above.
Now imagine the impact of not only hearing these albums for the first time – ever – but released month after month within an increasingly creative cultural atmosphere – and all in one psychedelic year.
This still blows 00individual’s mind, but even more impressive is the influence this music had. The musicians who Tripped and came back with souvenirs of their expeditions in the form of Psychedelic Rock was what many Counter-Culturists really, really needed to hear. It was truly cosmic right time, right place in world history for the Psychedelic – Greek psykhe– “mind” + deloun “to manifest, reveal,” from delos “visible, clear” – Awakening and Appreciation
If you can imagine a time when this music was literally in the air and people had smiles on their faces and the music became not only a soundtrack to life, but a companion along the journey that was always adventurous, enlightening, exciting, mysterious, rockin’, and seriously fun – then you’ve got the Vibe.
In 1967 the mind became free to think for itself, to discover new ideas and thoughts, to explore new avenues of expression, and to open one’s mind to endless possibilities. But with this new found freedom came a new responsibilty; the Psychedelic Mind opened a door that could never be closed; for once consciousness is raised, it can never be lowered.
1967 – Let’s Rock:
Jan. 4—The Doors’ self-titled debut album released
Jan. 14—The Human Be-In takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park: local rock bands, poets and other Counter-Culturalists join the city’s Hippies.
Jan. 15—The Rolling Stones, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, ignore Ed’s demand that they change the key line in “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s spend some time together”
Jan. 20—The Rolling Stones’ Between the Buttons album released
Feb. 1—Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow album released
Feb. 6—The Byrds’ Younger Than Yesterday album released
Feb. 13—The Beatles release their “Penny Lane”/
“Strawberry Fields Forever” single
Feb. 14—Aretha Franklin records “Respect”
Feb. 17—John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers’ A Hard Road album released
March 12—The Velvet Underground’s debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, released
March 17—The Grateful Dead’s self-titled debut album released
March 25—The Who and Cream both perform their first concerts in the United States, in New York. The two British bands are part of a weeklong series hosted by disc jockey Murray the K; also performing are Mitch Ryder, Wilson Pickett, The Blues Project and others
March ?—Donovan’s Mellow Yellow album released;
Eric Burdon and the Animals’ Eric is Here album released
April 29—The Turtles’ Happy Together album released; Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” single released
April ?—Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade album released;
Blues Magoos’ Electric Comic Book album released;
The Electric Prunes’ self-titled debut released;
Tim Hardin’s Tim Hardin 2 album released;
Gordon Lightfoot’s The Way I Feel album released
May 1—Paul McCartney reveals that all four members of the Beatles have taken LSD;
Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin in Las Vegas
May 2—Capitol Records cancels the Beach Boys’unfinished Smile album
May 11— Country Joe and the Fish’s Electric Music for the Mind and Body album released
May 12—The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut album, Are You Experienced, released
May 15—Paul McCartney meets photographer Linda Eastman, later to become his wife
May 22—The Monkees’ Headquarters album released
May 26—The Mothers of Invention’s Absolutely Free album released
June 1—The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album released;
David Bowie’s self-titled debut released;
Elvis Presley’s Double Trouble album released
June 6—Moby Grape’s self-titled debut album released
June 10-11—The Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival takes place at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, north of San Francisco, featuring Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, The Byrds and others
June 16-18—The Monterey Pop Festival takes place in Monterey, California. The landmark event features The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Ravi Shankar, Otis Redding, The Mamas and the Papas, Janis Joplin andBig Brother and the Holding Company and many others
June 19—Otis Redding records “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”
June 25—The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” for the Our World television special
June 26—The Rolling Stones’ Flowers album released
June 28—Florence Ballard is fired from the Supremes, replaced by Cindy Birdsong
June 29—Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sentenced to jail for drugs (they later appeal successfully)
June ?—The Hollies’ Evolution album released;
The Association’s Insight Out album released
July 10—The Bee Gees’ 1st album released
July 17—Jazz great John Coltrane dies at 40
July 18—Jimi Hendrix is removed from the Monkees’ tour for which he and the Experience had been the opening act (parents complained about his lewdness)
July 24—The Yardbirds’ Little Games album released
July 31—The Rascals’ Groovin’ album released
July ?—Canned Heat’s self-titled debut album released;
Incredible String Band’s The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion album released;
The Grass Roots’ Let’s Live for Today album released;
The Beau Brummels’ Triangle album released
Aug. 5—Pink Floyd’s debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, released
Aug. 27—Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies at 32; Stevie Wonder’s I Was Made to Love Her album released
Aug. ?—Big Brother and the Holding Company’s self-titled debut album released;
Tim Buckley’s Goodbye and Hello album released;
Vanilla Fudge’s self-titled debut album released;
Albert King’s Born Under a Bad Sign album released;
James Brown’s Cold Sweat album released
Sept. 1—The Doors appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and Jim Morrison says the word “higher” during their performance of “Light My Fire,” against Sullivan’s demand not to.
Sept. 1— The Who smash their instruments on the Smothers Brothers’ TV show
Sept. 15—The Kinks’ Something Else By the Kinks album released
Sept. 18—The Beach Boys’ Smiley Smile album released
Sept. 25—The Doors’ Strange Days album released
Sept. ?—Van Morrison’s Blowin’ Your Mind album released;
Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant album released;
Chuck Berry’s Live at Fillmore Auditorium album released;
Procol Harum’s self-titled debut album released;
Captain Beefheart’s Safe as Milk album released;
Eric Burdon and the Animals’ Winds of Change album released
Oct. 3—Woody Guthrie dies at 55
Oct. 18—Rolling Stone magazine premieres, with John Lennon on the cover
Oct. 27—Ten Years After’s self-titled debut album released
Oct. 30—Buffalo Springfield’s Buffalo Springfield Again album released
Oct. 31—Phil Ochs’ Pleasures of the Harbor album released
Oct. ?—Sly and the Family Stone’s A Whole New Thing album released;
Sam and Dave’s Soul Men album released;
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band’s Gorilla album released;
Judy Collins’ Wildflowers album released
Nov. 6—The Monkees’ Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones album released
Nov. 10—Moody Blues’ Days of Future Passed album released; Cream’s Disraeli Gears album released
Nov. 27—The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour album released
Nov. 30—Jefferson Airplane’s After Bathing at Baxter’s album released
Nov. ?—LOVE’s Forever Changes album released;
13th Floor Elevators’ Easter Everywhere album released;
Country Joe and the Fish’s I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die album released;
The Amboy Dukes’ self-titled debut album released;
The Hollies’ Butterfly album released;
The Chambers Brothers’ Time Has Come Today album released
Dec. 1—The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Axis: Bold as Love album released
Dec. 5—The Beatles open the Apple Boutique in London
Dec. 8—The Rolling Stones’ Their Satanic Majesties Request album released
Dec. 9—Jim Morrison is arrested onstage in New Haven for inciting a riot
Dec. 10—Otis Redding dies at 26 in a plane crash, along with members of the Bar-Kays
Dec. 15—The Who’s The Who Sell Out album released
Dec. 18—The Beach Boys’ Wild Honey album released
Dec. 26—The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour film first broadcast
Dec. 27—Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding album released
Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Leonard Cohen album released
Dec. ?—Donovan’s A Gift From a Flower to a Garden album released;
Traffic’s Mr. Fantasy album released;
Nilsson’s Pandemonium Shadow Show album released;
Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw album released;
Van Dyke Parks’ Song Cycle album released
TV Series debuted in 1967:
The Prisoner – starring Patrick McGoohan; one of Thee Best TV series EVER! Seriously.
Laugh-In – later Rowen & Martin’s Laugh-In – a very psychedelic, slapsticky fun show with comedian/actor/regulars and celebrity guests – a lot of irreverence.
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour – Righteously funny series that featured Tom and Dick and top comedians, actors, bands, and too much irreverence – CBS cancelled them over their socially-relevant sardonic/satiric/hilariously clever Counter-Culture views – many top writers contributed to this show.
The Invaders – Roy Thinnes starred as the man with the knowledge of The Invaders – really great Quinn Martin production – keep those pinkies stiff.
1967 – Top 25 Historic Films
Athough based on box-office, in ’67 “box office” did not have “blockbusters”, “tentpoles”, or “universes” to rely on, just extremely emtertaining stories, dialogue, acting, direction, and soundtracks, of clever, comedic, thrilling, dramatic, suspenseful, action-packed, fun movie entertainment.
While enclosed movie-lot sets were used, the majority were shot on real life “location” environments – no CGI in ’67, people had to rely on talent, creativity, and the ability to rough it.
So the “box office” ranking is a reflection of the vast public’s response to a film; verses relying on a specific sub-culture to support a film by their repeat ticket purchases and ancillary sales.
Half of the Top 25 of 1967 are movies that dealt with era-specific themes – their titles are italicized.
1. The Graduate (righteous rebellion)
2. The Jungle Book
3. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (racial generational issues)
4. Bonnie and Clyde
5. The Dirty Dozen
6. Valley of the Dolls (drugs, careers)
7. You Only Live Twice
8. To Sir, with Love (youth, coming of age)
9. The Born Losers (loner hero)
10. Thoroughly Modern Millie
12. In the Heat of the Night (racial issues)
13. Casino Royale
14. I Am Curious (Yellow) (sex)
15. Barefoot in the Park (young newlyweds)
16. Wait Until Dark
17. Cool Hand Luke (righteous rebellion)
18. In Cold Blood (real life/bestseller/film)
20. Divorce American Style (serio-comedic divorce issues)
21. Two for the Road
22. In Like Flint (spy zeitgeist)
23. The Trip (psychedelics, drug & counter-cultures)
24. Doctor Dolittle
25. The Taming of the Shrew
Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Dennis Hopper,
Bruce Dern, Jack Nicholson, and Roger Corman;
The Historic Rebel Bad Ass Club!
All Involved In One Movie!
All in Psychedelic Color!
1967 was truly a Trip.
00individual was 16 in ’67; he saw many things,
truth, reality, and inanimate objects with wings.
Life opened up all at once with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll,
he thanks all those responsible for his experienced soul.
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