Soft Rock from the 1960’s: The Mamas and the Papas, “California Dreamin'”

My God, what a beautiful song that was. I even loved Mama Cass. I don’t care if she was fat. And John Phillips and his lovely teenage daughter! This was actually a family and a band.

1968. It was a different time back then. I was only 11, so I missed it, but I experienced the Hippie Movement just fine in the 1970’s from 1974-on. The Hippie Movement was still going strong all through the 1970’s, believe it or not, and it was not a whole lot different from the Movement in the 1960’s. Some of my acid dealer friends used to get their LSD directly form Timothy Leary’s Brotherhood of Eternal Love in Laguna Beach. This organization was headquartered in Laguna Canyon where they had rented a number of homes. They even lookouts up in the trees! Over the years, they manufactured and sold millions of hits of LSD. They were the makers of the original Orange Sunshine LSD.

I wasn’t all for peace and love though. I was actually on the mailing list for the Weather Underground!

I even have a soft spot for the Black Liberation Army, even though they were little more than criminals turned revolutionaries.

But hey, so were the Panthers.

Don’t believe me? Read Soul on Ice, and get back to me on that.

Or look up the Jackson Brothers and Angela Davis in Wikipedia. I always thought Angela Davis smuggled that gun in to the courtroom that day. Somehow the Jacksons got a hold of firearms and opened fire in a Bay Area courtroom one day in 1970. No one ever figured out how the guns got into the courtroom, but my mother always thought that Angela Davis smuggled them in in her Afro! Davis was a radical lawyer representing George Jackson and his brother, and she was there in the courthouse circus that day. A wild shootout took place in the courtroom, the judge was shot and killed (!), and both of the Jacksons were shot dead outside the courtroom by police.

Those were the days, man!

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5 responses to “Soft Rock from the 1960’s: The Mamas and the Papas, “California Dreamin'”

  1. Jason Y

    I know it was all fun and good times, but thinking about it more deeply, a lot of the freedom promised by the 60s – doesn’t always lead to peace and love. A person could just as well become a born again Nazi as becoming a born again hippie – using the same “freedom” mantra.

    I mean the show Start Trek seems to promote peace and love, but it’s New Age elitists who also like eugenics and “want to do what’s best for humanity”. “Get it??” Seems like something wonderful, but it’s just like what David Duke would want.

  2. Jason Y

    Another thing these hippies morphed into (some of them) was tree-huggers and health police – both groups which are tyrannical.

  3. How did you transitioned from the hippie 60s sounds, soft rock 70s sounds to hardcore Punk sound?

  4. Melodic and harmonic. Two key ingredients.

  5. Jason Y

    There is no comparison to the music of today. Today’s music is a graveyard or worse.

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