Sunday, July 22, 2012

Quicksilver Messenger Service - What About Me, played Monterey Pop

On second thought - this is better as just a regular post, and not for the blog title background - above.  A bit too busy, as they say.  In case you were wondering, this is the inside and unfolded cover of What About Me is the fifth album by American psychedelic rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service.  Released in December 1970 and recorded partly at the same sessions that produced Just for Love.  Nicky Hopkins was in this group for a period of time, and in fact - he plays on this album.  The album is the last to feature pianist Nicky Hopkins and the last pre-reunion effort to feature founding members David Freiberg and John Cipollina.  Of note the QMS played at The Monterey International Pop Music Festival - that was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18, 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. Monterey Pop was the first widely promoted and heavily attended rock festival, attracting an estimated 55,000 total attendees with up to 90,000 people present at the event's peak at midnight on Sunday.  The festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Ravi Shankar, the first large scale public performance of Janis Joplin, and the introduction of Otis Redding to a large, predominantly white audience.  The Monterey Pop Festival embodied the themes of California as a focal point for the counterculture and is generally regarded as one of the beginnings of the "Summer of Love" in 1967, along with the smaller Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival held at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County a week earlier.  Monterey became the template for future music festivals, notably the Woodstock Festival two years later.

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