June 16 – Monterey Pop, Rocky Horror, NYC Noise Fest


Jimi upset … Mitch forgot the marshmallows

Beginning of the 3-day Monterey Pop Festival, attended by 200,000. It inaugurates the Summer of Love.

The film (by D.A. Pennebaker, released Dec. 26, 1968) is extremely influential. It introduces many famous late-60s artists to the US at large, including The Mamas & the Papas, Jimi Hendrix (including the guitar burning), Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, The Who and many more. Country Joe, ‘Section 43’ 

In November, Brit up-and-comers Eric Burdon & The Animals celebrate the festival in a song called Monterey that makes US#15.

Young gods smiled upon the crowd
Their music being born of love
Children danced night and day
Religion was being born
Down in Monterey
Beaver, Krause

Paul Beaver (Moog Music‘s new west coast distributor) and Bernie Krause bring the Moog synth to Monterrey and sell several of them (as well as rounding up a lot of studio business), giving Moog (otherwise limited by sales to academics and experimentalists) a boost into the view of The New Thing. The Beaver-Kraus duo would be part of a multitude of famous sessions in the coming years.

▷Summer of Love 40 years later▹ ▷SoL Pt. 2▹ ▷VFair:Suddenly that summer▹


aka the Author

First preview of the new Richard O’Brien horror comedy stage musical

The Rocky Horror Show

at The Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London.

It closes in Sep. 1980 after 2960 performances.

Two years later, the film version is released to eventual world fame. They’re still doin the Time Warp … everywhere, again and again … be sure to bring your props!

Fans  (see Michael Stipe at 1:25)
Richard sings ‘Science Fiction’  Evening w/Richard (5 parts) 
 ( Musical fansite  ( Film fansite


First day of the 9-day NYC Noise Fest, an influential festival of no wave noise music, curated by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

Many of the no wave groups were heard at The Kitchen (which got its electric power from Allen Ginsberg through an extension cord).

Founded in Greenwich Village in 1971, the fest is first directed by American composer Rhys Chatham, then by Arthur Russell. (*) (*)▷Russell bio 1▹ ▷Russell bio 2▹