John Robert "Joe" Cocker seen singing "With a Little Help from My Friends" at the 1969 Woodstock festival at approximately 2pm Sunday. Joe Cocker is a famous British signer most known for his cover versions of songs made popular by the Beatles.
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May 20, 1944 - Dec 22, 2014 1944 - 2014
Jimi Hendrix with Ron Gray and band members: My father, Ron Gray, was a concert promoter in the 1960's in central to northwest Louisiana (Monroe, Shreveport, etc). Jimi Hendrix played a concert in Shreveport, Louisiana on July 31, 1968. My father, Ron Gray, is standing next to Hendrix. Comments by Gary E. Gray.
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Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, Bob Dylan is a popular & influential singer-songwriter and musician. Bob was born in Duluth, Minnesota on May 24, 1941. After leaving the University of Minnesota his freshman year, he relocated to New York. He has been an active artist since 1961. In 1962, he chose to officially change his surname to Dylan as a nod to the inspiration of Dylan Thomas. Over the years, Dylan has received a myriad of awards (Grammy, Golden Globe, Academy Awards, induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame). In 2008, he received a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize jury for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” Most recently in 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Bob Dylan the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This is the highest civilian award bestowed in the United States. His parents were Abram Zimmerman and Beatrice Stone. His paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman, emigrated from Odessa in the Russian Empire (now Ukraine) to the United States following the anti-Semitic pogroms of 1905. His maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Lybba Edelstein, were Lithuanian Jews who arrived in the United States in 1902. His paternal grandmother's maiden name was Kyrgyz and her family originated from Kars, Turkey.
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"Drop acid Not Bombs" - another antiwar sign during the Vietnam War. Acid, of course, referred not to Agent Orange but to LSD. Yes, the hippie culture was a drug culture, too. Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com, user happy hippy girl
As you can see, the crowd at Woodstock entertained themselves, even with the greatest bands at the time playing. It had been raining and the ground was torn up. Hippies, high school kids, college kids . . . they all just kept coming. Years later, everyone claimed to have been at Woodstock. A small percentage of the claimants actually were. But thanks to the movie, we all feel like we were there watching Joe Cocker, the Who, Richie Havens, Jimmie Hendrix . . . Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com, user newo
Janis Joplin at Woodstock, probably waiting to go. A singer who smokes . . .and reputedly drank Southern Comfort in copious amounts! She was the singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. I don't know who the woman on the left is - but I remember being that thin and wearing a dress like that! Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com
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Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company) and Gracie Slick (Jefferson Airplane) laughing in the 1960's. Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com
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People's Park protests during the Spring Quarter at Berkeley CA. I was there and I remember talking to the National Guard members called out by Governor Reagan. They were young (18 yrs old, 19) and scared. They were told that we would try to give them food laced with acid (LSD) and/or marijuana. We talked to them, calmed them down, gave them flowers. One student James Rector, was shot and killed. Several more were injured, one ending up in a wheelchair. (This happened a few weeks before Kent State.) Middle-aged women, shopping on Shattuck, were rounded up and jailed simply for being there.
This could have been taken at Woodstock - the activity and woods certainly look like it. But look at the man's hand: this could be a hand rolled cigarette but I'd bet it's a "doobie." Actually, except for the woods, it could have been any of the street people in Berkeley in the 1960's.
Lovely hippie girl from the 1960's. I had the hat - loved that hat - but I never had makeup like that! Nonetheless, reminds me of my college days in Berkeley.
A photo of cousin Bob Gray, one of the original Flower Children.
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May 18, 1946 - October 1990 1946 - 1990
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A photo of Peter Willock, Jane Biermann, and Eric Willock
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May 17, 1949 - Jul 18, 1995 1949 - 1995
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A photo of a very young Paul McCartney, taken just before the Beatles initial success. Sir James Paul McCartney was born on June 18th 1942 in Liverpool England. McCartney's father was a musician (playing the trumpet and piano) and played an instrumental role in Paul's formation as a musical artist. Paul McCartney is an extremely successful English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. He is known for his own solo career and of course for partnering with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr to create the famous Beatles. In March 1997 Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
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An African-American man carrying his daughter and a protest sign reading: "President Johnson Go To Selma Now!" Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Stanley Wolfson, photographer
Riverheart High School students doing the Twist in the baggage car of a train. I have no idea what they're doing in a baggage car dancing - perhaps it was the only space big enough and clear enough to dance? You can see that they have a live band - and you can see that our fashion back then wasn't the best. But then, the Hawaiian shirt would fit right in today. And the Twist was a fun dance! Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Herman Hiller photographer
Photo of the Fifth Avenue Vietnam Peace Parade which was held during the 1960's in New York.
Photo of the opening act, Richie Havens, at the Woodstock festival in 1969. He is most known due to his appearance at Woodstock that lasted longer than normal due to the subsequent performers being delayed because of traffic congestion. Believe it or not, his "Freedom" song that can be found on the recent Woodstock movie was actually made up on the spot by Richie Havens.
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Vietnam war protesters in front of the White House, Washington DC, in 1968. As you can see, not all protesters were "hippies". The signs say No more - stop the war, Eartha Kitt speaks for the women of America, and Stop the Draft. Eartha Kitt, a well-known singer and actress, spoke up at a luncheon at the White House and took President Johnson to task about the Vietnam war. It wasn't a popular stance at the time. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Leffler, Warren K., photographer
Signs showing the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets in the Haight District, San Francisco CA. This is in the center of where it all happened in the Summer of Love (1967) and for years after. Young people from all over the country moved to the Haight District, which was a middle-class neighborhood. The residents, of course, were not thrilled by the "invasion".
Showing the "power of the flower". While I can't verify that this photo was taken in Berkeley CA during People's Park, I can say that it was there, for the first time, that flowers were put in the National Guards' guns. I saw it personally, many times. The tension was high and these acts diffused some of it. Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com, user moody blue
The 1960s - Was It Really 50 Years Ago? Say It Ain't So!
"When I get older losing my hair, Many years from now, Will you still be sending me a valentine, Birthday greetings, bottl...
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