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Music 262: Week of Notes from 3/28-4/1

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Music 262 Rock Music: History and Social Analysis
Brian Carter
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Date Created: 04/01/16
SAN FRANCISCO SCENE Psychedelic Music/ San Francisco Scene • Floating quality to the music (expands the mind) • Eastern Indian influence (sitar) • Not necessarily melodic or rhythmic • FM Radio featured non-top 40 music (album cuts) • Dance clubs were stoned-out, freak dancing scenes • Excitement was produced by the drug ingestion • Groups looked upon as gurus or prophets • San Francisco became the national capital of psychedelia The Charlatans • Considered to be the start of Haight/Ashbury scene • Contribution is more a social one • Outrageous dress and attitudes (existentialists) • Planted the seeds of rock counterculture • Music was rooted in good-time jub-based blues- not psychedelic freak-outs • Early Grateful Dead/ Country Joe and the Fish style • Never reached commercial success (was passed up by groups such as Jefferson Airplane) Moby Grape • One of the best San Francisco bands of the 1960’s • More versatile than other SF Bands • Combination of folk, blues, country and classic R&R • Use of triple guitar arrangements Jefferson Airplane • Most popular of the San Francisco bands • Leaders of the protest movement and supporters of free love • The group that out-of-towners wanted to see • Early influence came from the Beatles (were folk rockers-like most) Grace Slick • Lead singer for Jefferson Airplane • Great female rock voice • Represented the love-hate image of the 60’s • Direct in interviews (very outspoken) • Voice was driving and edgy White Rabbit • One of Grace Slick’s earliest songs (65/66) • Draws parallels between the effects of psychedelic drugs and the imagery found in the works of Lewis Carroll • Slick’s response towards parents who asked why their children were taking drugs • Set to a rising crescendo similar to that of Ravel’s famous Bolero • Both music and lyrics strongly suggest the sensory distortions experienced with hallucinogens • The song has been utilized in pop culture to imply just such a state The Grateful Dead • Psychedelic era’s most beloved band • Considered to be the ultimate cult band • Never really part of the mainstream music scene • Became superstars on their own terms • Known for their extended free-form jams at concerts • Early years (prior to 65) were known as the Warlocks • House band for the Kesey Acid Test “happenings” • Occupied a commune in the Haight-Ashbury area • Music is an eclectic blend of folk, country and blues • Known more for their live concerts then their albums • Fans known as “deadheads” • Only mainstream hit was Touch of Grey (1987) Janis Joplin • A representation of a culture and a generation (much like Dylan) • Broke the barriers for women in the music industry • Able to conquer her limitations through her music • Her beauty was seen in her energy, sweetness, soul, arrogance and sense of humor • Refused to admit to limits- pushed to the extremes • Did not write much of her material- interpreted others • Critics, at times, felt she “strangled” her music • Overall, her performances were fresh and sincere • Sang the blues to transcend pain • Went to San Francisco in 1966 • Joined Big Brother and the Holding Co. • Gained national fame at the Monterey Pop Festival • Released Cheap Thrills in 1968 • Released Pearl in spring of 1970 with Full Tilt Boogie • Died of overdose on October 4, 1970 Jimi Hendrix- The Early Years • Born in Seattle, WA (attended Garfield High School) • Listened to blues, R&B, Eddie Cochran while growing up • Enlisted in the army in 1959 • By 1963, played as a back up with: Little Richard, Isley Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson, King Curtis • Broke out on his own and played blues clubs in New York • Discovered by Chas Chandler (ex Animal bandmember) • Chandler took him to Europe and hooked him up with Mitch Mitchell & Noel Redding • Founded The Jimi Hendrix Experience • Played in London before coming to America The Three Studio Albums (Are You Experienced? – Axis: Bold As Love) • Considered the best of his work • Covers a wide range of styles and sounds • Illustrates Hendrix’s command of the instrument • Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix- The Innovations • Truly a revolutionary musician • Redefined the guitar and guitar performance • Able to explore and master ALL the sonic force of the instrument • A great showman (behind his black, with his teeth, etc) • Stage show overshadowed the great musician he was • Had the gift an the ability to harness the distortions • Distortion and feedback were not for gimmick • Big hands with long fingers resulted in unsual bar chords • Ability to sound chords and play lead lines at the same time • Preferred to attend jam sessions (enjoyed working with other musicians) • Americans discovered him at the Monterey Pop Festival • Known for the infamous burning of his guitar • Songs; Third Stone From the Sun and Up From The Skies The Doors/ Jim Morrison • Morrison is looked at as one of the Father of Contemporary Rock • Attempted to marry rock with poetry • Influenced rockers such as Alice Cooper and even Marilyn Manson • The Doors represented the dread and gloom • Themes heard in the music: Dread and violence, Guilt with no redemption, Miscarriage of love, Death • Groups names taken from poet William Blake • “When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite” • Song: Break on Through and People are Strange • Studied film at UCLA • Part of the Venice Beach culture • Played local bards on the LA strip • Morrison became known for his off-the-wall improvisations on stage Morrison’s Decline • Antics on stage became a joke • Increase of alcohol consumption resulted in uneven performances • New Haven, Conn.- arrested by police for slandering them on stage • Miami, 1969- arrested for exposing himself on stage • Left for Paris in 1971 seeking inspiration to write poetry • Died of a heart attack in the bathtub (age 27)


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