Monday, June 1, 2009

June: Cute Hippie Chick Of The Month


Carly Simon

Yes kids, it's the first of June, and you know what that means: our regular feature- Cute Hippie Chick Of The Month!
Step into the "WayBack" machine and take a trip to the late '60's-early '70's and visit two pop divas. Now what red-blooded American boy could resist the charms of Carly Simon- long, lean and beautiful. Probably her first (and best) hit was "You're So Vain", a song rumored to be about Mick Jagger. But truthfully, Simon was pure AM radio, somewhat commercial and packaged. Ocassionally, a guy needs to step out with something a little dark and edgy. Gracie; where are you?

Yes, Grace Slick of "The Jefferson Airplane" was probably the original Bad Girl of rock. From "White Rabbit" to "Somebody To Love" her voice was unique and powerful, as was her stage presence. In the video below, Grace and the Band deal with an unruly bunch of Hells Angels.
The Altamont concert was to be the last blow-out of the '60's, and things began to go very wrong. Billed as a free concert featuring The Rolling Stones, some wise guy decided to hire the Hells Angels for security, and a lot of people got their asses kicked. Things started to get crazy while The Airplane was doing this set, here, and it just got worse as the night went on. During the Rolling Stones performance, Jagger was singing "Sympathy For The Devil" when a guy in the crowd pulled a gun- and was promptly stabbed to death by the Angels. Jagger later said the group would never play that song again.

From the 1970 film of the concert; "Gimmie Shelter".
The Altamont concert parallels an epic battle of light vs. dark, good vs. evil- Rock Stars vs. The Angels... and led to the image of a subculture within the counter-culture: "The Evil Hippie". (Take a look, it's a great read).

12 comments:

Sean C. Ledig said...

She may have been AM gold, but Carly could sure fill out a sweater.

Rick said...

Nice legs, too.

JoseFreitas said...

Whatever you say, Carly comes out a lot better in the pics, if only becaus her (nice) nipples are showing through her sweater! Plus, she looks the part of the Cute Hippie Chick...

Steve Perry said...

And you know she suffered -- and still suffers from -- major stage fright? She says that's not exactly what it is, but still ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owb6ZT3GFKg

Steve Perry said...

Hey, I'm working on an acoustic version of "Born to Run." Easy chords, but I dunno if I'll have the balls to put it up. I don't want the Boss coming after me for libel ...

Dojo Rat said...

Huh.
And I thought you guys would be all over the Hells Angels.
...Just one tight sweater and see what happens...

Born to run? Sounds cool. (Baby this town rips the bones from your back, it's a death trap, it's a suicide rap)
-We were just blasting through a very bad version of "Dead Flowers" Saturday night.

Sean C. Ledig said...

Hey Steve,

I believe you're talking about copyright infringement. Bruce is known to be extremely protective of his music and image. He can be one bad mutherfucka when it comes to going after bootleggers and people who don't pay royalties for doing his songs.

Libel is defamation through the written word.

Steve Perry said...

Sean --

Nah, I was playing with a metaphor. I could get a mechanical license for the internet -- I've done that for some pieces I wanted to put up on SoundClick! Cost about thirty bucks for a year for x-number of downloads, with some weird provision for streaming but not downloaded.

The idea was, I would play and sing the song so badly that it would reflect on Springsteen to the point where it would be like libeling him. I have a passing knowledge of slander, libel, and copyright infringement, song royalties and such, given the biz I'm in ...

Sean C. Ledig said...

My bad, Steve. I didn't get your joke.

Steve Perry said...

It was obscure, like most of my jokes ...

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