GeneClark Gosdin 1500 orange

the echoes in your head continue showing (gene clark part 1)

THE BYRDS’ FLIGHT TO ENGLAND in Au­gust 1965 began a dis­as­trous tour for the group. For­tu­nately, it wasn’t an en­tirely wasted trip, as it in­spired Gene Clark to pen some psychedelically-enhanced po­etry. Set to a loose melody strummed on an acoustic guitar, this be­came the basis for Eight Miles High. [Continue reading]

Byrds 1965 airport copy

a requiem for those timeless good good good vibrations

THE MAJOR RECORD COMPANIES usu­ally re­leased new ti­tles on Monday, or at least they did in the ’60s. On April 12, 1965, I rushed home from school and ran up­stairs to my room and tossed my books on my bed and pulled my money out of my drawer and ran downstairs to the garage and picked up my bike and zoomed off to Joe Nar­done’s record shop and bought Mr. [Continue reading]

Dalley BigWaveSurfer 1600

surfing guitars and instrumental surf bands of the early ’60s

ARGUING THE ‘BEST’ ROCK GUITAR PLAYERS of the ’60 is prob­ably a pretty dumb way to waste time—and “Surfing Gui­tars” will not be doing that! Con­sid­er­ably more con­struc­tive and in­ter­esting would be an ar­gu­ment as to who were—and that’s in­ten­tion­ally plural—the most ‘cre­ative’ players. Of course, to reach any kind of con­sensus there would re­quire that we first agree on a de­f­i­n­i­tion of ‘cre­ative’ in that context! [Continue reading]

DickCampbell CurrentlyPlaying 1500 crop

dick campbell sings where it’s at for complete unknowns

IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY—give or take a few hun­dred days one way or the other—that I fi­nally found a stereo copy of DICK CAMPBELL SINGS WHERE IT’S AT (Mer­cury SR-61060). I was at a record show in New York, and hap­pily paid $100 for it! I had been looking for a copy for years and may have been the only person there that day willing to pay the sell­er’s asking price. [Continue reading]