Podcast: Monterey at 50
Episode #17-31 | airing 8-02-17

There has been quite a bit of nostalgic interest in the Monterey Pop Festival as it and the “Summer of Love” turn 50 this year. I was 15-years-old when Monterey Pop happened, and I was drawn to the festival and all the happenings in San Francisco. I have to admit the music and life style has been a huge factor in creating my personal musical taste to this day.

When you think of the festival, performances by the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and others immediately come to mind but many players were inspired by traditional acoustic music before they plugged in. This week we’ll hear some acoustic recordings of some of the performers from the festival.

Stephen Stills, Chris Hillman, Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Janis Joplin all began playing acoustic music. We’ll also hear some surprises along with a set devoted to John Philips who produced the festival along with Lou Adler.

Monterey Pop turns 50 … the acoustic side on the next Sing Out! Radio Magazine.


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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” (excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
              Smithsonian Folkways
Jefferson Airplane / Embryonic Journey/ Surrealistic Pillow / RCA
The Journeymen / Wagoner’s Lad / Capitol Collectors Series
Scott McKenzie / San Francisco / San Francisco / Sony
The Mamas & the Papas / Twelve Thirty / The Best of the Mamas & the Papas / MCA
John Phillips / Mississippi / John the Wolfking of LA / Varese Sarabande

Hart Valley Drifters / Pig in a Pen / Folk Time / ATO Records
The Hillmen / Ranger’s Command / The Hillmen / Sugar Hill
Judy Collins w/ Jim McGuinn / Bullgine Run / #3 / Elektra
Stephen Stills / Suite: Judy Blue Eyes / Just Roll Tape / Rhino
Hot Tuna / Belly Shadow / Hot Tuna / RCA

Jimi Hendrix / Hear My Train a’ Comin’ / Blues / Sony Legacy
Micheal Bloomfield / Kansas City / Celebrating the Blues / Music Avenue
Janis Joplin / Careless Love / Little Girl Lost / Sony

John & Beverly Martin / Primrose Hill / The Road to Ruin / Island
Laura Nyro / And When I Die / The First Songs / Columbia
Moby Grape / :05 / The Very Best of Moby Grape / Columbia

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” (excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
              Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He’s been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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