It's not even summer yet and I've already begun to tire of mention of the term "Summer of Love". The early adopters of the counterculture movement seemed to have decided that the folks that invaded Haight-Asbury, in the words of the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir on CBS News, "just didn't get it."
But I'll admit that there's one thing that largely endured: the music. Here's a list of all the bands that played at the Monterey Pop Festival, which opened four decades ago tomorrow, withe the approximate number of LPs of theirs I own, suggesting their impact on me then; and the number of CDs I own of theirs I own, suggesting their impact on me more recently.
Friday, June 16
* The Association - 1 greatest hits LP. Hey, they tried to be "relevant" on the smothers Brothers Show when the sang Requiem for the Masses.
* The Paupers - nope
* Lou Rawls - 1 CD
* Beverly - who?
* Johnny Rivers - 1 greatest hits CD
* The Animals - at least one LP that includes the song "Monterey", 1 greatest hits CD
* Simon and Garfunkel - at least six LPs, plus at least four solo Simon LPs, and one Garfunkel LP. S&G box set, Paul Simon box set, plus other CDs of each
Saturday, June 17
* Canned Heat - maybe one LP
* Big Brother & The Holding Company -one LP, plus three other Janis Joplin LPs and three Janis CDs
* Country Joe and The Fish - one LP, plus their appearance on the Woodstock LP
* Al Kooper - the Super Sessions with Mike Bloomfield and Steve Stills LP; the first Blood, Sweat and Tears LP
* The Butterfield Blues Band - one LP, one CD
* Quicksilver Messenger Service - one LP
* Steve Miller Band - two CDs
* The Electric Flag - one LP
* Moby Grape - one LP
* Hugh Masekela - alas, none
* The Byrds - one LP, two CDs
* Laura Nyro -two LPs
* Jefferson Airplane - at least six LPs, a two-disc greatest hits CD
* Booker T and The MG's - no, though well-represented in the two Stax-Volt CD box sets I have
* Otis Redding - ditto
Sunday, June 18
* Ravi Shankar - one LP; I also have CDs of two of his daughters
* The Blues Project -one LP
* Big Brother & The Holding Company - see above
* The Group With No Name - don't know
* Buffalo Springfield - 1 LP, 1 greatest hits CDs, plus four CSN(Y) LPs, two CSNY CDs, two solo Stills CDs (once owned on LP but lost or stolen), eight Neil Young LPs, at least seven Neil Young CDs
* The Who - seven LPs, three CDs, four Pete Townshend LPs, three Townshend CDs
* Grateful Dead - four LPs, one greatest hits CD
* The Jimi Hendrix Experience - four LPs, three CDs
* Scott McKenzie - nope
* The Mamas & The Papas - five LPs, a three-disc greatest hits CD
Meanwhile, Brian Wilson is playing Monterey this month, 40 years after the Beach Boys declined for a variety of reasons. I have a LOT of Brian Wilson (at least 4 CD), and Beach Boys albums (a boatload of LPs and CDs, some duplicative).
Elvis has left the building
16 hours ago