Sunday, August 17, 2014

GIMME SHELTER (1970)



Sex! Drugs! and Rock and Roll! or 
If You Remember the 60's You Weren't Really There Week
(Post 7 of 7)

Plot synopsis: Documentary on the free 1969 Altamont rock concert that quickly turns from an unforgettable night of music to a night remembered chiefly for its violence.

It's 60's kind of quotes...

Gram Parsons: "Please stop hurting each other man! You don't have to."

Paul Kantner: "Hey, man, I'd like to mention that the Hells Angels just smashed Marty Balin in the face, and knocked him out for a bit. I'd like to thank you for that." 

Grace Slick: "You got to keep your bodies off each other unless you intend love"

Mick Jagger: Hey, hey people. Brothers and Sisters.come on now. That means everybody just cool out!"

Jerry Garcia: "Oh, Bummer"

Hell's Angel Sonny Cutler: I didn't go there to police nothing man. I ain't never gonna pretend to be a cop. And this Mick Jagger put it all on the Angels, man. Like, he used us for dupes, man. And as far as I'm concerned, we were the biggest suckers for that idiot that I can ever see."


Iconic 60's shot: Mick Jagger performing next to the ominous presence of members of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang.

Sex: Some in the crowd at Altamont decided to shed all there clothes and inhibitions, but my vote in this category goes to Tina Turner's sensuous performance of I've Been Loving You Too Long.

Drugs: Hashish...L.S.D...Psilocybin...or whatever else you may want.

Rock and Roll: Ladies and Gentlemen...the Rolling Stones!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

PERFORMANCE (1970, GREAT BRITAIN)


Sex! Drugs! and Rock and Roll!
or If You Remember the 60's You Weren't Really There Week
(Post 6 of 7)

Plot synopsis: Mob enforcer Chas runs afoul of his bosses and takes refuge in a basement room of an ex-rock n' roll singer named Turner.

It's a 60's kind of quote: What a freak show!...I tell you, it's terrible...It's a right pisshole...long hair...beatniks...druggers...free love...foreigners...you name it!

Iconic 60's shot: The final shot of Chas being driven away. Or is it Chas?

Sex: Healthy doses of S and M, androgyny, a menage a trois and quick cuts of Rolling Stone girlfriend Anita Pallenberg in various states of undress.

Drugs: Chas gets the mushroom treatment from Turner and his girlfriend and changes his perspective of life

Rock and Roll: Musical credits include Jack Nitzsche, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Buffy Ste. Marie, Civil Rights rappers The Last Poets and Rolling Stone front man Mick Jagger as Turner.






Friday, August 15, 2014

WOODSTOCK (1970)


Sex! Drugs! and Rock and Roll!
or If You Remember the 60's You Weren't Really There Week
(Post 5 of 7) 

Plot synopsis: Documentary of the fabled 1969 rock concert that featured three days of rock and peace.

It's some  60's kind of quotes...
The Organizers: (Michael Lang and Artie Kornfeld) This culture and this generation...You see how they function on their own. Without cops, without guns, without clothes...everybody pulls together and everybody helps each other.. and it works. It's a free festival...It's hard to think financially when you're talking about something like this..Look at what you got there...You can't buy that for anything...This is really beautiful, man. These people are communicating with each other.

The Farmer: (Max Yasgur) This is the largest group of people ever assembled in one place, and I think you people have proven something to the world: that a half a million kids can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music, and I God bless you for it!

The Vendors: Some people call it a bum trip. I don't think there's such a thing as a bum trip. People been saying that some of the acid is poison. It's not poison! It's just bad acid...It's manufactured poorly. So anybody that thinks they have taken some poison, forget it. If you feel like experimenting, only take half a tab.

The Crowd: My parents knew there'd be drugs there, that it'll be a bit wild. They didn't want to come. I know they'll be drugs everywhere and I wonder what it will all be like. I've never been away from home before. I wonder what will happen to us.

The Crowd: Like wow! These people are really beautiful, the cops, the storekeepers, the army, everybody!

The Teachers: Yoga means union. It's the same energy drugs can give you...It's the same channels, only drugs do it for you and this way you can do it yourself. You can do it when you want to and you don't have to score to be able to do it, all you have to score is some clean air.

The Squares: You want me to explain it in plain English? A shitty mess!...They were all on pot!

The Performers: (John Sebastian) Just love everybody all around you and clean up a little garbage on your way out and everything gonna be alright.

The Performers: (Arlo Guthrie) Far out, man! I don't know if you can dig how many people there are, man...Like I was rapping to the fuzz...Can you dig it? New York State Thruway is closed, man! Lotta freaks.

And of course, you don't get much more 60's than Wavy Gravy: Good morning! What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for four hundred thousand!

Iconic 60's shot: Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner.

Sex: Lots of the crowd sheds its clothes as well as its inhibitions.

Drugs: I do believe there were some drugs taken at Woodstock, but if you take the Brown Acid, don't worry, it is not poison!

Rock and Roll: So many icons of the era: Joe Cocker, Jimmi Hendrix, Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Ten Years After, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Country Joe and the Fish (below) and many others...Though I still can't figure out what the hell Sha Na Na was doing there!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

ZABRISKIE POINT (1970)


Sex! Drugs! and Rock and Roll!or 
If You Remember the 60's You Weren't Really There Week
(Post 4 of 7)

Plot synopsis: Starts off like a Strawberry Statement student protest movie and eventually becomes a kind of cross between a desert Bonnie and Clyde meets Blue Lagoon kinda thing.

It's a 60's kind of quote: (Drug quote part 1) After the girl offers him dope the guy says "This group I'm in had rules about smoking, we were on sort of a reality trip." The girl replies, "What a drag."

Iconic 60's shot: The girl imagines her bourgeoisie lifestyle blowing to bits (below).

Sex: Desert sex between our two rebels evolves into kind of a great desert orgy with people rolling in the sand we don't know that just appear in the movie, but it's like...it's all groovy.

Drugs: (Drug quote part 2) The girl smokes dope and takes in the desert in a whole new way. The guy says, "It was nice of you to come (to the desert) with a guy that doesn't turn on." The girl replies, "I'm pretty tolerant."

Rock and Roll: Original music by The Rolling Stones (that's 60's!) Pink Floyd (that's very 60's!), Jerry Garcia (that's very, very 60's!) and  Patti Page's Tennessee Waltz...which is not so 60's, but is a pretty nice tune.