Monterey Pop: California Dreamin’

Ah the sounds of Summer! And with it comes the now ubiquitous Summer Festival. Think I’m kidding? In April Rolling published a piece on summer concerts, “Summer 2015’s 50 Must-See Music Festivals.” No matter your musical tastes there’s a Festival that caters to it.

But  once upon a time in the West, when there hadn’t even been one rock festival, suddenly, in a two week period there were two. Naturally they took place in California, in 1967, the epicenter of Youth Culture.

This upcoming week marks the 48th anniversary of The Monterey International Pop Festival (June 16-18, 1967).

Last week marked the 48th anniversary of The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival (June 10-11, 1967) which is considered to have been America’s – if not the world’s – first rock festival.

The Magic Mountain Music Festival was primarily a regional music affair because the majority of the artists who performed

were groups that played the Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms and were part of the psychedelic rock scene at the time,

A  list of regional acts included The Sparrow, Every Mother’s Son, Kaleidoscope, The Mojo Men, Sons of Champlin, The Loading Zone and The Mystery Trend.

Performers with, a bit, more name recognition (at the time) included Dionne Warwick, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds with Hugh Masekela, The Seeds, The Grass Roots and The 5th Dimension.

Interestingly The Magic Mountain Music Festival was The Doors first large show and just happened to coincide with the rise of group’s first major hit, “Light My Fire” to the top of the charts.

 Monterey, on the other hand,

was … the first high-profile event to mix acts from major regional music centers in the U.S.A. — San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Memphis and New York City


boasted a lineup that put established stars like The Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel and The Byrds alongside groundbreaking new acts from the UK and the USA.

At Monterey was American audiences first introduction to The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who and Ravi Shankar, while also introducing Otis Redding “to a large, predominantly white audience.”

Playing Monterey helped to launch the careers of Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company), Canned Heat, Laura Nyro and Steve Miller.

In 2015 we remember Monterey, rather than Magic Mountain simply

 because Monterey was widely promoted and heavily attended, featured historic performances, and was the subject of a popular theatrical documentary film…

Monterey served as both inspiration and template for future music festivals, including the Woodstock Festival two years later.

Combined both festivals were spark that helped to jumpstart 1967’s “Summer of Love.”

If you were a teenager or young adult in 1967 the “Summer of Love” were heady times, but at the time, who could have ever imagined that 1968, would be so dark.

Enjoy the music, remain in the light.




Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 1

Playing time: 74:14


1. John Phillips – Festival Introduction (0:51)
2. The Association – Along Comes Mary (2:46)
3. The Association – Windy (3:00)
4. Lou Rawls – Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (3:28)
5. Lou Rawls – Dead End Street (4:27)
6. Lou Rawls – Tobacco Road (6:19)
7. Eric Burdon & The Animals – San Franciscan Nights (4:17)
8. Eric Burdon & The Animals – Hey Gyp (7:10)
9. Canned Heat – Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (4:18)
10. Canned Heat – Dust My Broom (5:02)
11. Canned Heat – Bullfrog Blues (3:01)
12. Country Joe & The Fish – Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine (5:37)
13. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Down On Me (3:26)
14. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Combination Of The Two (5:22)
15. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Harry (0:37)
16. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Road Block (6:18)
17. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Ball And Chain (8:15)


Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 2

Playing time: 73:46


1. The Butterfield Blues Band – Look Over Yonders Wall (2:51)
2. The Butterfield Blues Band – Mystery Train (4:11)
3. The Butterfield Blues Band – Born in Chicago (3:58)
4. The Butterfield Blues Band – Double Trouble (4:56)
5. The Butterfield Blues Band – Mary Ann (3:09)
6. The Steve Miller Band – Mercury Blues (4:27)
7. The Electric Flag – Groovin’ is Easy (3:43)
8. The Electric Flag – Wine (3:02)
9. Hugh Masakela – Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song) (3:43)
10. The Byrds – Renaissance Fair (2:16)
11. The Byrds – Have You Seen Her Face (3:19)
12. The Byrds – Hey Joe (2:43)
13. The Byrds – He Was A Friend Of Mine (3:23)
14. The Byrds – Lady Friend (2:46)
15. The Byrds – Chimes of Freedom (4:03)
16. The Byrds – So You Want Top Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (3:23)
17. Ravi Shankar – Dhun: Fast Teental (excerpt) (6:05)
18. The Blues Project – Wake Me, Shake Me (11:48)


Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 3 

Playing time: 73:54


1. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love (3:18)
2. Jefferson Airplane – The Other Side Of This Life (6:47)
3. Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (2:28)
4. Jefferson Airplane – High Flyin’ Bird (4:07)
5. Jefferson Airplane – She Has Funny Cars (3:24)
6. Booker T. & The MG’s – Booker-Loo (2:59)
7. Booker T. & The MG’s – Hip Hug-Her (2:36)
8. Booker T. & The MG’s With The Mar-Keys – Philly Dog (3:22)
9. Otis Redding – Shake (3:17)
10. Otis Redding – Respect (2:39)
11. Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (4:08)
12. Otis Redding – Satisfaction (3:46)
13. Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (5:04)
14. The Who – Substitute (4:03)
15. The Who – Summertime Blues (3:42)
16. The Who – Pictures Of Lily (2:53)
17. The Who – A Quick One While He’s Away (8:24)
18. The Who – Happy Jack (2:25)
19. The Who – My Generation (4:32)


Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 4

Playing time: 74:37


1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Killing Floor (3:23)
2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Foxey Lady (3:45)
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Like A Rolling Stone (6:52)
4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Rock Me Baby (3:38)
5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hey Joe (5:13)
6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Can You See Me (2:43)
7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – The Wind Cries Mary (3:47)
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Purple Haze (5:38)
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Wild Thing (8:12)
10. The Mamas & The Papas – Straight Shooter (4:04)
11. The Mamas & The Papas – Got A Feelin’ (4:10)
12. The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’ (4:06)
13. The Mamas & The Papas – I Call Your Name (6:16)
14. The Mamas & The Papas – Monday, Monday (4:19)
15. Scott McKenzie – San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) (3:35)
16. The Mamas & The Papas (Festival Finale) – Dancing In The Street (4:56)


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Fear and Loathing During the Long Hot Summer of 2013

Being forced indoors because of last week’s heat, humidity gave me an opportunity to reshelf and reorganize my CDs; while also providing a chance to listen to and rediscover some CDs I’d forgotten about. One of those forgotten CDs is the audio version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

For the book’s 25th anniversary a standout cast of “counterculture vets and latter-day hipsters,” which included Harry Stanton (narrator), filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Duke), Buck Henry (desk clerk) and Harry Shearer (police chief) was assembled to record an audio version of the book. 

While the audio version is truer to the book then “Terry Gilliam’s 1998 film version with Johnny Depp,” both versions  pale in comparison to the book.

For those of you who haven’t read the book I highly recommend reading the book first (if for no reason other than Ralph Steadman’s illustrations) and then listen to the audio version.  


Books by Hunter S. Thompson


The Rum Diary: A Novel by Hunter S. Thompson
Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72
The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time
The Curse of Lono
Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ’80’s
Songs of the Doomed
Screwjack: A Short Story
Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie (Gonzo Papers, vol. 4)
The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 (The Fear and Loathing Letters, Vol. 1)
Fear and Loathing in America : The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist
Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century
Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness Modern History from the Sports Desk


Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 

Playing Time: 75:53


fear and loathing in las vegas

1. On the Road to Las Vegas (9:38)
2. Strange Medicine in the Desert (7:20)
3. Covering the story… Ugliness and Failure (4:19)
4. A Night on the Town… Drug Frenzy at the Circus-Circus (3:55)
5. Paranoid Terror… A Flashing of Knives and Green Water (8:37)
6. A Savage Invitation from the Police (2:57)
7. AAWW, Mama, Can This Really be the End… Down and Out in Vegas with Amphetamine Psychosis Again (5:03)
8. Another Day, Another Convertible and Another Hotel Full of Cops (2:21)
9. Savage Lucy (10:33)
10. A Terrible Experience with Extremely Dangerous Drugs (2:35)
11. Getting Down to Business… Opening Day of the Drugs Convention (4:01)
12. Breakdown on Paradise Boulevard (7:41)
13. Heavy Duty at the Airport… (1:39)
14. End of the Road… (5:14)


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas  [Part 1] [Part 2]


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OKra Records – Various Artists

Founded by Dan Dow in the late 1980’s, Columbus, Ohio’s OKra Records was home to alternative country/roots rock artists like The Schramms, Hank McCoy & the Dead Ringers, Fellow Travellers, and the Hoot Owls. Several years after it’s founding, like many other small indie labels, it declared bankruptcy and closed up shop.

1991’s Sample Some OKra is a good representative sample of Okra’s roster of artists; although nineteen years after it’s release, perhaps only The Schramms and The Ass Ponys have achieved some measure of name recognition.



The Schramms


 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Dynamite (CD, LP) (OKra Records, Normal) 1992
Walk To Delphi (Cass, LP, CD) (Okra Records) 1992
Little Apocalypse (CD) (OKra Records) 1994
Heart Not Within (7") (Matador) 1994
Dizzy Spell (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 1996
100 Questions (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 2000
2000 Weiss Beers From Home (Blue Rose Records) 2003

Tracks Appear On:

"Walk To Delphi" It’s So Hard To Be Cool In An Uncool World (LP) (I Wanna Records) 1988
"Out of the Earth","Pet Sounds (Live)" Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"Let Them Lie Down" 10 Jahre Normal (2xCD) (Normal) 1992
"Let Them Lie Down" 10 Jahre Normal (CD) (Normal) 1992
"Where You Were" Radio 4U Replugged (CD) (Line) 1993
"In The Mirror" Neurotically Yours – A Tribute To The Saints (CD) (Smiling Weasel)1993 
"Despite" Absolutely Live 1995 (CD) (Almaviva AR) 1995
"A Woman’s Name" Tanz & Folkfest Rudolstadt ’95 (CD) (Heideck) 1996
"Despite"  East Side Story Vol. 1 (CD) (East Side Digital) 1996
"Tell Me Again And Again" New Voices Vol. 8 (CD) ( Rolling Stone (Germany) 1996
"Can You Please Crawl Your Window?" Fireworks, Volume 2 (CD) (Sound Asleep)1998

"Torn In Two"  New Voices Vol. 34 (CD) (Rolling Stone (Germany) 2000
“Deny You”, “Fade, Fade” Blue Rose Collection Vol. 7 (CD) (Blue Rose) 2001
"Torn In Two" HO*T-FM Blue Rose Broadcasts Vol.2 (2xCD) (Blue Rose) 2001 
"Torn In Two" Blue Rose Nuggets Vol. 2 (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 2003
"Wild Innocence" Blue Rose Nuggets Vol. 34 (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 2008
"Seven Horses", "Sorrow On Sorrow" Blue Rose Collection Vol. 3 (CD) (Blue Rose Records)  

Related Recordings:

Hello CD of the Month (CD) 1995
The OKra All-Stars (CD, MP3) (OKra/Normal) 1994

Dave Schramm Solo Albums: 

Folk und die Folgen (CD) (Return to Sender, Normal) 1994
Hammer and Nails (CD) (Blue Rose) 1999

The Fellow Travelers 


No Easy Way (CD, LP)   OKra Records 1990
Just A Visitor (CD) (OKra Records, Rough Trade Germany) 1992
Just A Visitor (LP) (OKra Records, Normal) 1992
Love Shines Brighter (CD) (Return To Sender) 1993
Things And Time (CD, LP) (OKra Records) 1993
A Few Good Dubs (CD) (OKra Records) 1994

Tracks Appear On:

"Promise Of A Kiss" Rough Trade US Sampler 1990 (2xCass) (Rough Trade US) 1990
"Dark Hollow"
Howl 11 (7") (Howl) 1991
"GTO", "As The Rain"
Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"It’s Over"
A Tribute To Daniel Johnston Vol. 2 (7") (Little Teddy Recordings) 1993
"Salt Of A Fallen Tear"
Return To Sender (CD) (Normal) 1996
"Poor & Clean" Rare Trax Vol. 40 – Americana Vol. 2 – The Later Years 1980-2005 (CD) (Rolling Stone Germany) 2005

The Ass Ponys


 Mr. Superlove (CD, LP) (OKra Records, Normal)1990
Grim (CD) (Safe House) 1993
Mr. Superlove / You My Flower (7") ( Mono Cat 7 Records) 1993
Earth To Grandma (CD) (A&M Records) 1994
Electric Rock Music (
Cass, CD) (A&M Records) 1994
Electric Rock Music (CD) (A&M Records, BMG Direct Marketing) 1994
Pop Culture Press #33 (7" Flexi) (Pop Culture Press, Eva-Tone Soundsheets) 1995
The Known Universe (Cass, CD) (A&M Records) 1996
Some Stupid With A Flare Gun (CD) (Checkered Past Records) 2000
Lohio (
CD, MP3) (Checkered Past Records) 2001
The OKra Years (CD) (Shake It Records) 2005

Appears On:

"Mr. Superlove" Debonair (CD EP) (Elektra) 1993 
"Mr. Superlove"
What Jail Is Like (CD EP) (Elektra) 1994
"Mr. Superlove" What Jail Is Like (CD  Maxi) (Elektra) 1994

Tracks Appear On:

"Live ‘Til I Die Out" Of Their Mouths And Into Your Head (4×7") (Atavistic) 1991
"Laughing At The Ghost", "Peanut" Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"Earth To Grandma" (Out Of)
Cowtown Vol. 3 (7") (Anyway Records) 1993
"It’s Summer Here" Aint This Bliss, With You & This (2×7") (Spin The Bottle) 1994
"Little Bastard"
CMJ New Music December – Volume 16 (CD) (College Music Journal) 1994
"Little Bastard" The Interrupting Cow (CD) (A&M Records) 1994
"Earth To Grandma"
Wanna Buy A Monkey? (CD) (A&M Records) 1995
"And She Drowned" Look What The Cat Dragged In (CD) (A&M Records) 1996
"Little Bastard" All I Want For Christmas. (CD) (Hits Post Modern Syndrome)
"Little Bastard"
Turn It Up & Pass It On, Vol. I (CD)

The Wolverton Brothers


Sucking Hind Tit (Cass, CD, LP) (Okra Records) 1992 
Liar Man (CD) (Atavistic Records) 1992
Glad (
CD-EP, MP3) (Atavistic Records) 1995
The Wolverton Brothers (CD) (Deary Me Records) 1999
A Better Place (
CD, MP3) Hospital Records) 2004
Old Ugly and Loud (
CD, MP3) (Ionik) 2008

Tracks Appear On:

"Our Town"  Out Of Their Mouths And Into Your Head (4×7") (Atavistic) 1991
"Posse Comitatus", "Vampyre"  Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"Hay Days" New Music Sampler Volume 35 (CD)  Magnet Magazine
Twisted Roots: Live From the Comet (CD) (B-side Records)

Cordelia’s Dad


 Cordelia’s Dad (LP) (OKra Records) 1990 
Cordelia’s Dad (
CD, MP3) (Omnium) 1990
4 Songs (7") (OKra Records) 1992
How Can I Sleep? (
CD, MP3) (Omnium, OKra Records) 1992 
 Joy Fun Garden (CD, Digital) (Return To Sender) 1993
Joy Fun Garden (Cass) (Steeple) 1994
Three Snake Leaves (7")  (Scenescof Records) 1995 
Comet [Live] (CD) (Omnium) 1995
Road Kill [Live] (
CD, MP3) (Scenescof Records) 1996
Spine (
CD, MP3) (Appleseed Recordings) 1998 
What It Is (
CD, MP3) (Kimchee Records) 2002

Appears On:

"Her Bright Smile" ,"San Francisco" Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"George Collins" fRoots 5 (CD) (fRoots Magazine) 1995
"Rambling Beauty"
Return To Sender (CD) (Normal) 1996
"Brother Judson" Pipeline! Live Boston Rock on WMBR (
2xCD, MP3) 1996  

“How Can I Keep From Singing " Where Have All The Flowers Gone – The Songs Of Pete Seeger(2xCD, MP3) (Appleseed Recordings) 1998


Sample Some OKra (1991)

Playing Time: 54 Minutes 5 Seconds


1. The Schramms – Out Of The Earth (3:11)
2. The Schramms – Pet Sounds (2:59) 
3. The Fellow Travellers – GTO (4:50)
4. The Fellow Travellers – As The Rain (5:11) 
5. Hank McCoy & The Dead Ringers – Jealousy (2:20)
6. Hank McCoy & The Dead Ringers – Lately My Luck (3:27) 
7. The Ass Ponys – Laughing At The Ghost (5:37) 
8. The Ass Ponys – Peanut (4:24)
9. The Hootowls – Who Throw Dat Rock (2:49)
10. The Hootowls – I Take A Chance (2:31)
11. The Wolverton Brothers – Posse Comitatus (4:51)
12. The Wolverton Brothers – Vampyre (3:51)
13. Cordelia’s Dad – Her Bright Smile (3:09)
14. Cordelia’s Dad – San Francisco (4:55)



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