Peoples Park Anti-War Protest … July 4 1969
Peoples Park Anti-War Protest … July 4 1969
Singer Scott McKenzie, who performed “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” - has died. August 17,2012
A statement on McKenzie’s website says the 73-year-old died on Saturday in Los Angeles. McKenzie battled Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease that affects the nervous system, and had been in and out of the hospital since 2010.
“San Francisco” was written by John Phillips, the leader of the 1960s group The Mamas and the Papas. But McKenzie sang it and it has stood as an anthem for the 1960s counterculture movement.
McKenzie also co-wrote “Kokomo,” a No. 1 hit for The Beach Boys in 1988, and toured with The Mamas and the Papas in the 1990s.
Woodstock 43 Years Ago Today
Forty Three years ago, an event that defined a generation took place in Bethel, NY. For a few days, music, peace and love reigned supreme. Of all the images snapped during the original Woodstock weekend, one stands above all: a young couple huddled together in a blanket, standing alone in a sea of people lying on wet ground.
It’s an enduring image of love, care and protection that earned iconic status through its placement on the cover of the original “Woodstock” album in 1970, as well as on the movie poster.
Forty years later, the couple in the photo — Nick and Bobbi Ercoline, both 60 — remain together. They married two summers after the fabled weekend, and they still live less than an hour’s drive from the original concert site of Bethel, N.Y., and within spitting distance of where they both grew up. Nick Ercoline works for the Orange County, N.Y., Department of Housing. Bobbi is a resident nurse at the elementary school in their hometown of Pine Bush. The 40th anniversary of the ultimate hippie be-in, this Aug. 15-17, has thrown the Ercolines into the spotlight again — something they never expected or sought.
They say they remember nothing of the original shot, taken by Burk Uzzle. “We weren’t striking a pose,” Nick says. “We were as surprised as everybody to see that photo on the album cover.”
They discovered it while at a friend’s house listening to the album and passing around the gatefold jacket. First, Nick recognized the famous yellow butterfly staff in the left corner. “It belonged to this guy Herbie,” Nick says. “We latched on to him that day because he was having a very bad experience. He was tripping pretty heavily and he had lost his friends. After I saw that staff I said, ‘Hey that’s our blanket.’ Then I said, ‘Hey, that’s us.’”
Bobbi, then 20, wasn’t overly impressed. “Woodstock was over and done with at that time,” she says. “It didn’t seem like a big deal. The only thing was that then I had to tell my mother I had gone. She didn’t know. But by then, she didn’t mind.”
The two had arrived in the middle of the weekend, a rare feat given that all main roads were closed by then. “We were local kids, so we knew the back roads,” Nick says. “About 5 miles away we abandoned this big white 1965 Chevrolet Impala station wagon.”
The two didn’t realize the impact their photo had until Woodstock’s 20th anniversary, when the world’s media began seeking them out. In fact, their memories of the original event have more to do with the scene than the music, because they were too far away to hear or see much.
“I remember the rain, the lack of toilets and the body odor,” Bobbi says.
“I also remember an orange haze from the glowing lights of the stage. It was everywhere, lighting up the sky.”
The pair had met only three months earlier, over Memorial Day weekend, at the bar where Nick worked. “This waiter brought this beautiful blond in one day and said, ‘This is my girlfriend; keep an eye on her,’” Nick explains. “Every night she stood in front of me and we got friendlier and friendlier. Then one weekend he made the mistake of leaving her home while he went to the shore with the guys and he never told her. That was the end of that. And the beginning of this.”
Despite all the time gone by, Nick says they still get recognized. “We were in Germany, and right when we walked into the hotel they knew who we were.”
As to why their photo was chosen, Nick has a theory. “It’s peaceful, which is what the event was about,” he says. “And it’s an honest representation of a generation. When we look at that photo I don’t see Bobbi and me. I see our generation.”
Festivals end, music quiets down, body odors evaporate, but love — true love — endures.
Some Shots From Woodstock…1969
I Can’t Wait… The Mamas and The Papas
Since 1987, the 20th anniversary of the Monterey International Pop Festival, The Monterey Pop Festival Foundation felt it was important to document the mid-June 1967 Monterey moment.
Many of the recording artists, producers and directors who appeared at the landmark event contributed to an ongoing oral history to acknowledge a turning point for contemporary music and a new shift in pop culture.
In addition, one of the elements that helped create the magic of Monterey was the audience. We taped comments and reflections from some of those whose lives were also informed and shaped by June 16, 17 and 18th of 1967.
As we now celebrate the 45th anniversary of Monterey Pop, we felt this special occasion needed a further and deeper documentation and we’ve now expanded and prepared a two-hour audio documentary combining available musical performances, unheard recordings and seminal voices from that epic 1967 weekend.
Some participants sadly are no longer physically with us but their reflections and observations on Monterey can thankfully be heard again.
A collaborative venture with Premiere Radio has produced a two-hour retrospective of that June 1967 world.
The Spahn Movie Ranch Where Charles Manson And His Family Lived As Peaceful Hippies.
I had heard about this trip for years and after watching the film I got a better insight to what they were doing….. See The Flick!
Day Tripper…….. Happy Birthday..Nancy Sinatra
California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas….The First Rich Hippies
This one knows more then she lets on……….but what a great muse! Happy 68Th Birthday Mama Michelle Phillips