Why did it happen? Art Kunkin gives you his thoughts… but, first, check out Page 9 for some background. There, at the top-right, you’ll see the Front Page of the Special Edition that we did that past Friday. The Page, itself, gives you the story of the Police Riot that erupted that day.
The entire story, with many views from numerous witness and points of view, and the balance of Mr. Kunkin’s thinking will soon be posted in our ‘A Unique Perspective’ section.
All last week, on the Anniversary of this music-changing, culture-altering event, with very few exceptions, the reports were by people who weren’t actually there. And, so, they had to find a resource just like the one you’re reading right now (as if(!) there’s any thing like the one your reading right now 🙂 ).
As you check out the ‘inside’ pages (those beyond the Front Page), you’ll find 3 articles on the Festival, each on a different aspect about what was ‘happening’.
WHAT could possibly be better??? How about this…A ‘LIVE’ replay of the Monterey Pop Festival… catch it all, on Saturday, at our LAFPMusic Page
In 1967, Phil Ochs wrote for the LA Free Press “A protest demonstration does not satisfy the demands of modern mass communications: It is somehow out out of time with the electric age.”
(Since then, the ‘electric age’ has far surpassed – we imagine – anything that Phil had in mind, and the pendulum has swung back; mass protests seem to be the only thing to satisfy what is now ‘mass’ communications.)
He goes onto say, “A protest is an act of negation against an act of negation, cancelling each other out. The times demand a positive approach to demonstrations, a pro-life, joyful, energized, magnificently absurd demonstration against the sucking vacuum of war.”
If he had said “grande” instead of “magnificently absurd” would he have been right on?
While Ochs, known as a singer of protest songs, putting pen to paper, rather than verse to melody, is certainly “newsworthy”, so, too, are our Front Page articles for what they portend. And on page 18 – with yet another connection to music and those who make it, there is the genesis of one of the most significant musical events of ‘our’ time… you can see it at our LAFPMusic Page
Sergeant Pepper Told Not to Report for Duty – bet you didn’t see that coming!