I am thoroughly enjoying the audio CD edition of Pete Townshend‘s biography, Who I Am, A Memoir. Narrated by Pete himself, it places you front and center with The Who through Pete’s reflective candor. The book is re-surging my interest in The Who. I am at the halfway point of the 15 CD audio book (19 hours). I plan to write a review of Who I Am, A Memoir after I digest all Pete has to share.
I have played The Who first live recording, The Who Live At Leeds at high volume this week 😉
Today is Jimi Hendrix’s 70th Birthday. I was listening to the audio book written and narrated by Peter Townshend, Who I Am earlier today. I was very taken with how Peter Townshend reflected upon his personal memories of Jimi Hendrix as many of us are doing today.
Jimi Hendrix cradles his Rickenbacker on a first meeting with The Who in 1967.
“He was a mesmerizing performer,” writes Townshend. “He was a shaman, and it looked as if glittering colored light emanated from the ends of his long, elegant fingers as he played.”
But his “artistic genius lay in how he created a sound all his own: Psychedelic Soul, or what I’ll call ‘Blues Impressionism.’ ”
“Who I Am: A Memoir”, By Peter Townshend, Copyright 2012, HarperCollins, New York, N.Y.
If time travel was an option, I would love to be transported back in time to The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. When I look back on what Monterey Pop accomplished, the rich set of artists that performed, there was a magic that weekend that formed peace, love and the power of music for generations to come. It’s the music festival I would most want to attend and experience.
I would love to attend that festival at the age I was in 1967, close to 16. I would also like to experience the event fully with no understanding of the events as I know them now. What I mean is that I would love to witness each act unfold, be surprised by The Who and Jimi Hendrix, boogaloo to Otis Redding. I would just love to have been there from beginning to end.
Imagine meeting his Majesty Prince Jones as he walked amongst the crowd. Monterey Pop celebrated its 45th anniversary this past June.
There are so many rock stars that are no longer with us who performed at Monterey Pop. For that reason alone revisiting the Monterey Pop Festival would be worth it.
Imagine seeing The Who go insane smashing their instruments amidst the smoke bombs and fireworks Keith Moon planted under his drum set. Or witnessing Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire. Hendrix was in top form that night as he one upped Peter Townshend of The Who.
There is a fantastic official Monterey Pop International Festival Web Site. I visit it often. I urge you to go hear Eric Burdon sing Monterey and watch the images, view the vast information available. Then go rent or own the rock documentary, Monterey Pop, directed by D. A. Pennebaker. That’s what I plan to watch later today. I own the deluxe video set (no surprise there folks…).
If that’s not enough content for you, I wanted to point out that there is a new book available about Monterey Pop. Maybe Santa Claus will be good to me and put this under my Christmas tree, hint, hint 😉
13. Jerry Garcia
14. Alice and White Rabbit
15. David Crosby
16. Keith Moon
17. Neil Young
18. John Philips
19. Jimi Hendrix
20. Ravi Shankar
21. Wavy Gravy
22. Ben Fong Torres
23. Brian Jones
24. Spencer Dryden (*JA drums)
I leave you with this video clip of Janis Joplin with Big Brother & The Holding Company. This was THE breakout moment for Janis and her band. Of all the performances that happened that weekend, this one is truly special. Enjoy.
I was listening to Tommy by The Who on Spotify in the car this morning. I have reacquaintd myself with The Who after posting about Pete Townshend‘s memoirs yesterday.
Tommy the rock operahas undergone several incarnations starting as double album, evolving into a movie next, then becoming a Broadway play. It then transitioned into an orchestral version and lastly a ballet interpretation.
What a versatile work Tommy has proven to be to allow for such varied productions over the decades.
Tommy The Album
Tommy Live In Concert
The Tommy live rock opera performance took place at The Fillmore East for a week in New York City.
One of the most memorable live performances of Tommy took place at Woodstock.
Tommy – The Film
Tommy was adapted into a screenplay for a 1975 movie directed by Ken Russell. I recall going to the movies to see Tommy. I visualize Elton John as the pinball wizard readily.
If I had to pinpoint one song of all the tracks that is most memorable I’d have to say “Bell Boy” due to Keith Moon’s cockney accent on vocals. It’s the epitome of camp yet comes across highly believable.
Sting played the role of Ace Face, the bell boy in the movie Quadrophenia.
“Bell Boy” – He meets a former Ace Face who now holds the place as a bell boy at the very hotel the Mods tore up. He looks on Jimmy with a mixture of pity and contempt. The two argue, as Jimmy feels the Ace Face has “sold out”. Jimmy is now feeling that everything, even the Mod lifestyle, has let him down.