Janis Joplin Arrest

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One of the most iconic and rebellious women in all of rock, Janis Joplin, had one of her most memorable moments in Tampa, Florida on November 15, 1969.

In the midst of a concert with a rather ruckus crowd, police ordered Janis Joplin to tell the crowd to calm and sit down. This did not make Janis very happy. She then proceeded to screaming and cursing at officers. Janis would then finish the show but would not be done with the police.

Jim Morrison had an incident with the police in Florida, but he was arrested on stage. Joplin instead was handcuffed backstage after the incident for vulgar language. Janis would later get released after a $504 bond after one hour behind bars. Janis would remain in the area waiting for the preliminary hearings, during this time she spent a lot of time fishing.

All charges were eventually dropped for Joplin. She proclaimed that this case represented a sign of victory, not peace. A photograph was taken of Joplin and her lawyer, Herbert Goldburg, after they left the court room. The photograph represents Joplin well as it shows her throwing up a peace sign while Goldburg looks rather displeased.


Led Zeppelin first concert in North England

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Led Zeppelin continued their first sets of concerts as a band with a performance at the Manchester College of Science & Technology on November 16, 1968.

The concert would be the band’s first performance in North England and Machester. Manchester would be a very frequent stop for the band. This would be the band’s fifth of six concerts at a college during their short 1968 UK Tour. The concert would also be their only performance in Manchester during the tour.

The set list from the night, as with all the other concerts from the tour was rather unclear. As the band had just formed with former Yardbird, Jimmy Page, the band played many Yardbird hits. These included “Train Kept A-Rollin,””Dazed and Confused,”” and “White Summer.” Zeppelin also played many songs that appeared on their debut album such as “Communication Breakdown,””You Shook Me,””Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You,” and “How Many More Times.”

Listen to the band perform in Machester in 1971 below:


The Rolling Stones made their US TV debut on “Hullabaloo” 52 years ago today

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The Rolling Stones performed their debut appearance on “Hullabaloo” on November 15, 1965.

The Stones performed the No. 1 song in the country at the time “Get Off Of My Cloud” on the show. This performance came 13 months after their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The band’s first appearance on US TV was on “Hollywood Palace” in June of 1964. The performance was pre-recorded and later shown on TV.

“Hullabaloo ” was a primetime show that showcased the popular music trends of the time. The show featured bands from the British Invasion, Folk-Rock, and Motown. The show also had a segment form the UK which had the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, present new bands in England. The show was shown on NBC and featured performances from The Kinks, The Byrds, Nancy Sinatra, and The Beatles.

Watch the performance from The Stones below:


Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd Tour

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Two of the biggest acts in rock set out on a tour of England on November 14, 1967.

Those two acts happened to be headliner, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, with the opening act being a little band called Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd was just beginning as a band and was in the Syd Barrett era. The tour began at the Royal Albert Hall in London and continued with venues across England for two weeks and ended in Ireland.

Pink Floyd had opened for Hendrix before earlier that year in Spring. The concert featured Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience as the headliners. Which meant that you could see Pink Floyd, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Cream all in one day.

Poster from this incredible day

During this time Pink Floyd would play many of their early hits like “Interstellar Overdrive” and “Interstellar Overdrive.” In this Syd Barrett lead era, he did not show up for many of the shows which led to David O’List from the band Nice to have to take over for Syd.

Jimi Hendrix did not initially think much of Pink Floyd as he said “They have beautiful lights, but sound like nothing.” Hendrix also indirectly said about the band,”Here’s one thing I hate man, when these cats say Look at the band they’re playing psychedelic music and all they’re really doing is flashing lights on them and playing “Johnny B. Goode” with the wrong chords, it’s terrible.”

Hendrix also added in another interview in 1967 that Pink Floyd “Sounded Like Nothing.”

Pink Floyd would continue to open for Hendrix at various festivals. As time went on Hendrix would later change his mind about Floyd and had a more favorable view of the band and psychedelic rock.

The term blowing someone’s mind is valid. People like you to blow their minds, but then we are going to give them something that will blow their mind, and while it’s blown there will be something there to fill the gap. It’s going to be a complete form of music. It will be really druggy music. Yes, I agree it could be something on similar lines to what Pink Floyd are tackling. They don’t know it, you know, but people like Pink Floyd are the mad scientists of this day and age.

-Jimi Hendrix, Melody Maker, 1970

Pink Floyd would open for many bands including Hendrix during this time like The Who and The Animals. Jimi Hendrix was never able to see Pink Floyd become something huge. Many would agree that Hendrix would most likely continue to favor Pink Floyd and could even draw inspiration from them.

Listen to Hendrix talk about Pink Floyd below:



The Beatles were interviewed on an ITV Show then performed at ABC Cinemas, 54 years ago today

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The Beatles continued their Autumn Tour with a 10th date in Plymouth and an interview on the ITV Show “Move Over, Dad” on November 13, 1963.

Interviews on TV and performances in front of loud screaming girls was just another average day for The Beatles during this tour. The day began with the interview on “Move Over, Dad.” With the immense popularity of the band, they had to be smuggled into Derry’s Cross through a tunnel for the interview to avoid being mobbed by fans. Stuart Hutchinson from Westward Television Studios conducted the interview from Plymouth. The interview would later be broadcast on November 16.

Later in the day, the band made their way over to ABC Cinemas to perform a concert. The Beatles supporting acts for the night included comedian Frank Berry, Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers, The Kestrels, and the Vernon Girls.

The band played their normal ten song set. The set included songs from “Twist and Shout,” to “All My Loving,” to “I Saw Her Standing There.” The band continued to perform shows in England and at ABC Cinemas for another month. The band would later perform in Plymouth, England in October of 1964.

Watch the band perform at ABC Cinemas in Manchester in 1963 below:

 

Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland was banned by a book store, 49 years ago today

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Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 album “Electric Ladyland” is one of Jimi Hendrix’s and rock’s greatest albums. The album became a number one album and featured one of Hendrix’s biggest singles with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All along the watchtower.” Though the album was highly praised, the original album cover drew lots of controversy.

The first instance of the album being pulled was at the book store W.H. Smiths in London on November 12, 1968. The reason behind this was what was depicted on the  album cover. The album featured 19 naked woman lounging together.

Track Records then used their art department to create the  cover. Photographer, David Montgomery, shot a portrait of 19 naked woman in front of a black background. The idea was to draw attention towards the album with the cover.

The cover was met with controversy as many stores began pulling it from their stores as it was seen as pornography. The models on the cover also hated the way they were shown on the cover. Hendrix was very embarrassed by the cover and showed his displeasure with the cover. This was not the first time Hendrix was upset with a cover as he also showed his displeasure with the “Axis: Bold As Love” cover.

Hendrix’s original idea for the new album cover was ignored by photographers. Hendrix asked Linda Eastman, Paul McCartney’s future wife, to photograph the 19 woman on a sculpture from Alice In Wonderland  in Central Park. The album cover instead featured a blurred yellow and red photo of Hendrix.

Hendrix’s original sketch for the cover


Elvis Presley performed his last concert before joining the military, 60 years ago today

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Elvis Presley performed his last concert of the 50’s in Hawaii on November 11, 1957.

The reason the last concert of the decade was in 1957, was due to Elvis Presley’s military deployment. Presley’s time in the Army lasted from 1958 to 1960. Elvis ranked as a sergeant and was able to receive the Army Good Conduct Medal.

The concert took place at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Elvis performed many songs on the piano as well as on the guitar. These include “Don’t Be Cruel,””That’s when your heartaches begins,” along with many other hits. Elvis performed in front of thousands of screaming girls as usual. Tickets only cost $1. Elvis would deploy four months later.

Watch footage of Elvis performing in Hawaii the night before:

The Beatles filmed promotional footage for “Hello, Goodbye” 50 years ago today

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The Beatles continued to film clips to promote their music as they filmed three promo clips for “Hello, Goodbye” on November 10, 1967.

The filming was done at Saville Theatre in London. The four mimed to their songs on stage to no audience. Paul McCartney was the director of all three clips produced. The filming would highlight all the eras of The Beatles from 1963 to this point.

The first clip showed The Beatles in their Sgt. Peppers uniforms with a psychedelic background and hula dancers. The first clip also shows the four waving to the camera in their 1963 suits.

The second clip showed the four in their normal clothes from this time, along with the same dancers from the first clip. The third clip showed outtakes from the first two clips, along with The Beatles performing the twist. The clips would be first be shown on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on November 26.

Watch the film associated with the song below:

 

John Lennon met Yoko Ono 51 Years Ago

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November 9, 1966 would be an important day for The Beatles, John Lennon, and all of music. For some people this day would be one of the worst moments in music history. This date would be the day When John Lennon met Yoko Ono.

John Lennon took a visit to the Indica Gallery in London to attend a preview of an exhibition called Unfinished Paintings and Objects. John was persuaded to attend the event after the art gallery’s owner, John Dunbar, told him about an event that would be happening there with a Japanese woman from New York. John Lennon later said in an interview with Playboy that this sounded very sexual.

Lennon became disappointed when he learned this was nothing special and he felt that he was only invited here to spend his money on pieces of art. The disappointed Lennon would later be greeted by the Japanese artist who would give him a card that said “Breathe.” Lennon was then caught up with a piece of art that needed a magnifying glass to see. The mini painting read “yes,” when you used the magnifying glass. This painting baffled Lennon and would spark a new excitement for the gallery.

Lennon would then become more interested in the paintings and asked Yoko about hers. The two discussed Yoko’s piece called “Painting to Hammer a Nail In.” The two began joking about how much John would pay to work on the piece. John described this moment as when everything clicked.

The two’s relationship did not begin after this, however. Both of them were still married at the time. The two continued to communicate with each other over the art, which later lead to a great attraction to each other. The two would collaborate on the “Two Virgins” sound collage later in 1967 and began to go into a secret relationship.

John would later admit that he felt that soon as he cut a deep connection with Yoko, he felt The Beatles were coming to an end. After all the crazy events Lennon went through in the past decade, many around him felt that Yoko gave him the happiness he was looking for. John and Yoko would go into one of the most publicized and controversial relationships in Rock N’ Roll history.

The exact date of the first meeting is widely debated as some report the day actually being November 7th. The art gallery was supposed to open on the 8th, and the two supposedly met the day before. None the less, this event would go on to change all of music history.

Listen to “Two Virgins” side one from 1967 below:


Led Zeppelin’s London Debut

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Under the name of Led Zeppelin, the band made their first performance in London on November 9, 1968.

Led Zeppelin had just recently changed their name from the New Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin. The band had been bouncing around West Europe before making their rounds to the U.K. The band did play at The Marquee in London in October of 1968, but they were under the name of the New Yardbirds.

The show would be opened by The November 9th show featured a similar set list to most of their early shows. This would include “Dazed and Confused,””Train Kept a Rollin’,””Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,””How Many More Times,” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby.”

The band was able to make 150 Euros on the night. This number would obviously increase as Zeppelin continued to grow. The band would continue to tour the U.K. for a while before making their way to the United States.