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San Francisco Calling

The bus came by and I got on
That's when it all began
There was Cowboy Neal
At the wheel
Of a bus to never-ever land.

'The Other One'


The mid to late 60's was an evolutionary time for rock & roll music. The music had survived it's infancy generation and would soon change the mood of an entire country.

To provide a little background on how I got "turned on" to this music, here is my story. It was the spring of '67. I had just finished my 2nd year at a JC (Bethany College) in Mankato, Minnesota. Well, apparently my "friends and neighbors" at my local draft board in Rochester, New York were short of a few good men and selected me for a government sponsored sabatical to a little known garden spot: South Vietnam.

So into Uncle's Army I went, being too naive to weigh any other options; and the Army, in its' infinite wisdom, made me a medic. So, there I was in the city by the bay in April of '68, stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco, and scared to death that my number would be called. That's when I first seriously heard the music.

The San Francisco Sound essentially began in the mid 60's and the conventional wisdom places it in the Haight-Ashbury district of the city. Everything was in place in this small neighborhood of San Francisco. Rock & Roll, psychedelic posters, dances, light shows, flower children; and of course at the center of it all was ACID. The only place to score 'Owsley' named after it's creator, Owsley Stanley, also known as The Bear and White Rabbit.

This was the time dance bands started progressing into nationally known acts. Bands such as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Country Joe and the Fish, It's A Beautiful Day and Santana; to name a few.

By the time many of the local bands made their way to the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, the media had already proclaimed it 'The Summer of Love'. Suddenly, out of nowhere the bands, the people and the Music was thrust into the national spot light through newspaper, magazine and TV sound bites. This utopia, that in reality perhaps lasted at best a few months, was now co-opted by the media and that ever lurking beast the Recording Industry Executive.

But it wasn't just San Francisco or the music that excited the youth of America, it was also the lyrics, the environment and The War. The war in Vietnam was raging and it seemed every social institution was politicized. The youth were rebelling and the music reflected what the kids were thinking. Of course, this would all end with Altamont, but the idealism was imbedded in the music.


Here are some of my favorite links to the...

San Francisco Sound
The 60's.com
The Psychedlic 60s
The PsycheDelicatessen
Psychedlic Web Radio
Haight-Ashbury Who's Who
The Fillmore
Bill Graham
The Psychedelic Sounds of San Francisco
San Francisco Rock
Jefferson Airplane
Check out my Jefferson Airplane Video Collection

Hot Tuna
TunaBase    'Mike Scotellaro's Hot Tuna set lists'
My Jorma & Hot Tuna Concert Reviews
New York Mills, Minnesota ~ 7/22/95
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 'The Cabooze' ~ 11/23/96
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 'The Cabooze' ~ 12/08/97
Jefferson Starship (Official)
Jefferson Starship (Unofficial)
My Jefferson Starship Concert Review
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 'Taste of Minnesota' ~ 7/05/96
Jorma Kaukonen
Marty Balin
Grace Slick
Big Brother & The Holding Company
My Big Brother & The Holding Company Concert Reviews
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 'Riverfeast Festival' ~ 8/15/98
Rochester, New York, 'Milestones Music Room' ~ 10/22/98
'Pennington Music Festival' ~ 8/8/99
JW Anderson's Big Brother Photo Gallery
It's A Beautiful Day
Concert Review - 6/22/2002
David Laflamme
Hal Wagenet (eMail)

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Web Author: JW Anderson
Sunday, June 27, 2004