Monthly Archives: August 2012

Flower Power Was It?


3rd August 2102

The 1965  year was a grand year for the hippie movement. Although the Flower power originated in Berkeley, California, USA. But quickly took hold here in the UK. It did not seem right or the same for us in the UK to be involved in this movement. It just looked false to me. But it was taken a little more serious by the women of the era. It did not look quite so silly, if you like for better words, for a woman to have flowers in their hair as it did the men. don’t get me wrong though man, the men did put flowers in their hair, just not so many of us.

This song was to me what the era was all about. It just takes me back to those sunny days, crashing out on the grass, on the river bank, with a group of us. Girlfriends hand in yours, with their flowy colourful  wrap around skirts, billowing in the breeze. Guitars in hand and eventually settling on bank and everyone playing or singing. Making music. Some might not have called it music, but we did, and is still being played today.

 This image sums up the American movement. A really beautiful and powerful image. I remember images very similar to this, when protest groups were being confronted by the military.

And a completely different musical view from my particular tastes. But is there a particular song that rings your bell.

And now a Blast from my side of the pond. My particular group and circle of friends were not actually Beatles fans, at least not until Sgt Peppers was released and all sorts of accusations started flying by media.


We have got one person with a story to tell, so watch this space. But still want more of you out there that has got a little story or music memory that we could all share.

 Can you dig it man, come on join with our Jam.


Woodstock. 1969


2nd August 2012

Okay so I’ll get us all started with the subject of…


Now, just a quick line to say, I could like many of you fill this page with many facts and pictures of this great past event. But the whole intention is to for you remember the time and recall your own personal memories of these 3 days of beautiful music man, did you go, did you follow it or did you have a local event to follow beside it in recognition of local musicians…

C’mon man speak up and drop in to drop out, drop out.


Way back in 1969, personal computers were still way off in the future. It would be another 30 years before the Internet would come into its own as an easily accessible information source. Suddenly, the history of Woodstock — previously found only in books, photos, newspaper archives, vinyl records, and films — was as close as a key click.

Here’s my first post on Woodstock.


Janis Joplin  (click the link for video)

Janis Joplin is a good start to this, she was probably the original hippie. Like or loathe her she is perfect  for our lawn and  she is my first guest.

15th – 18th August 1969 Woodstock Music festival, it was held at Matt Yasgur’s 600 acre milk farm. There were approximately 500,000 people who attended this and there were 32 acts playing over this period. Were you there in the audience. Let us know a story.

I am from England and was not able to get there, but I believe many from our land did attend.  It was more for the American followers, while we on these shores had the Isle of Wight festival. Another topic for another day.

The event was captured in the 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell‘s song “Woodstock“, which commemorated the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.



Now come on if you have any stories that you would like include do not hesitate to participate.

Lets all get to do some head banging and hair swishing.