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Classic Summer Series – 1967 – Summer Of Love [VIDEOS]

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The rock scene in 1967 was huge in Los Angeles and one band that was a big part of that was The Turtles.

Because of the social and cultural upheaval that prevailed, not to mention; the divide between hippies and those over 30, the summer of ’67 became known as the summer of love.
 
The rock music that year and the lyrics within were evident of the ever growing conflict in Viet Nam, the civil rights movements and the drug experimentation.
 
The main influence was the “Flower Power” movement on the West Coast that was flourishing right smack dab in the San Francisco Haight-Asbury and Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon rock music scene.
 
A good definition of the rock scene in Los Angeles would include groups like The Byrd’s, Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, In San Francisco The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin were big contributors.
 
The self-titled album of The Doors was a major breakthrough at the same time the British invasion started to kick in with groups like The Who, The Kinks and The Beatles shift from commercial pop to concept albums.
 
Mix them together and you have The Monterrey International Pop Festival in June of ’67 which happened to be the first major festival staged featuring The Who’s first U.S. appearance and also speaking of firsts the same for Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix (first major gig).
 
Sounds of Summer of  1967:
The Byrd’s – LP ‘Byrd’s Greatest Hits’
The Doors – LP ‘The Doors’
Jefferson Airplane – ‘Surrealistic Pillow’
Jimi Hendrix Experience – LP ‘Are you Experienced?’
Moby Grape – LP ‘Moby Grape’
Mother’s of Invention – LP ‘Absolutely Free’

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The Turtles, “Happy Together”, 1967


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