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Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Fifty Years Later: The Monterey Pop Festival

No Donovan, eh?

Yeah Jack, what a disapointment that Donovan's drug bust prevented him from attending this festival which I've read he was supposed to headline. For me the highlight (I wasn't there but from the expanded DVD release) was Jimi Hendrix doing Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." When he introduced it as a song by Bob Dylan (obviously tripping on LSD) he pointed to his bassest and said, "That's his grandmother over there." This was a revolutionary concert that made the careers of many of the performers including, besides Otis Redding, Janis Joplin. When she was performing the camera pans the audience and catches Cass Elliot with dropped jaw and huge grin shaking her head in amazement. In '67 I was a junior in highschool just beginning to become fascinated by the hippie phenomena I saw erupting in San Francisco from my small town farming community in Central California that may as well have been Nebraska for as progressive as it was (and still is). By '69 I would have fit in well with that crowd. Thanks Ed for the posting and the memories.

"Far out, man," this piece fairly screams.  Noticed that Neil was not on stage for the Springfield -- one of his many departures, it seems.  Absolutely loved the Janis clip.  Who's better than you, amigo?  Nobody, man, nobody...