Followers of my blog know that I love Western classical music. My blog category Music has 16 posts about Bach, Mozart, Chopin and others. But that doesn’t mean I am not interested in other kinds of music 😉 .
My interest in “pop music” started in the late sixties when I was studying in Amsterdam. Those were exciting years, there was an atmosphere of optimism that a new era had arrived. Flower Power, Hippies, May 68, Woodstock
It influenced me. Although I remained basically a “nerd”, I did grow my hair, took part in anti Vietnam war demonstrations, wore a ban-the-bomb necklace and watched the Maagdenhuis riots (from a safe distance haha). Here are two photos , illustrating how I changed 🙂
Soft drugs were getting popular in those days, I was too shy to experiment with them, but I liked the relaxed atmosphere of Melkweg and Paradiso, where regularly concerts were given by underground bands, playing psychedelic music. Often liquid light shows were given during a concert, on a huge screen above the stage. This YouTube clip gives an impression.
In those days I started to buy LP records of bands and singers I liked and I still have them. Most of them are not really playable anymore, but nowadays you can listen to most of these albums on YouTube.
I have taken pictures of a number of these LP-covers and present them here with some information. Clicking on the album title links to the full album on YouTube, and when you click on the cover , a song from that album will be played .
Bob Dylan (debut album) (1962)
Bringing it all back home (1965)
The Mamas & The Papas
Country Joe and The Fish
Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
Pearls Before Swine
One Nation Underground (1967)
Astral Weeks (1968)
Dr John the Nighttripper
Gris Gris (1968)
The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)
The Flying Burrito Bros (1971)
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)
The Soft Machine
Volume Two (1969)
After the Gold Rush 1970
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Stage Fright (1970)
Boys don’t cry (1980)
Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980)
Remain in Light (1980)
Night and Day (1982)
More UB40 Music (1983) compilation
Rat in the Kitchen (1986)
Most of the LP records (18) are from the period 1967 -1972. I still think back with nostalgia to that period of my life. Here is a video from the Woodstock festival in 1969, with Country Joe singing I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die . It gives a good impression of the atmosphere in those years.
In 1969 I was doing research for my thesis, but also I went on holidays to Morocco, my first “exotic” destination, an unforgettable experience. One year later , in Rotterdam the Kralingse Bos festival was held, with the Jefferson Airplane, Soft Machine, Country Joe, Pink Floyd and many others. Did I go? No, because I thought I might not fit in.
Maybe I was right, but until this day I regret that I didn’t go.