It really was the Summer of Love. On 1 June 1967The Beatlesreleased Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Bandand in an instant changed music forever. No longer would people call whatever was not Classical music or Jazz, simply Pop, thereafter there was something new called Rock.
The first real American rock festival was held at Mount Tamalpais in California on the weekend of 10/11 June 1967. Billed as the Fantasy Faire and Magic Mountain Music Festival it had an eclectic mix of performers ranging from Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Country Joe & the fish and The Byrds to Laura Nyro. 15, or maybe 20,000 people showed up and paid just $2 to get in, with all profits going to a nearby child care center.
While the Fantasy Faire was first, Monterey is the festival that everyone remembers. With a line up that read like a who’s who in pop music – as in short for popular. Otis Redding got his first exposure to a rock audience and others on the bill includedThe Mamas & The Papas, Jimi Hendrix,The Who, Janis Joplin and Ravi Shanker. It was all captured on film, which did much to enhance its reputation as well as the myth.
Held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, over the middle weekend of June, from 16 – 18 June 1967. The Monterey Pop Festival attracted somewhere between 30 and 50,000 people, although not all at the same time, to what was the first major rock festival in America. It was organised by Lou Adler, John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas and Derek Taylor, the former Beatles publicist, and their ambition was to create an event that was multi-cultural, multi-national and multi-styled in the music that was performed.
If you’ve been trying to stream Bob Seger‘s music to no avail… today is your lucky day.
Seger’s catalogue will make its streaming debut. This launch includes twelve platinum/multi-platinum albums as well as Seger’s debut album, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.
In addition to streaming, ten of Seger’s albums included in Friday’s launch will be made available via digital download for the first time.
The complete list of albums that will be made available for streaming and digital download:
– Beautiful Loser*
– Live Bullet
– Nine Tonight
– The Distance*
– Like A Rock*
– The Fire Inside*
– Night Moves*
– Stranger In Town*
– Against The Wind*
– Greatest Hits*
– Greatest Hits 2*
– Ultimate Hits
– Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man*
*Indicates previously unavailable for digital download.