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3 August 2012
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fabfouremily
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Here's one for those of you (including myself) that weren't there in the sixties. If you could go to any one day, which one would you go to?

I think that I would go to Savile Row on the 30th of January 1969 or maybe to Studio 50 in NYC on the 9th Febuary 1964.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

3 August 2012
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Humm I think this topic has come up somewhere ( perhaps it was the questioning thread?) but I can't really make up my mind. Perhaps the village fete in 1957 in which John and Paul met for the first time, and damn would I not have liked to see John's face when he noticed Paul playing the guitar better than he did

If not for that, USA, 1964, 9th of February, watching you-know-what... I think being on the live show wouldn't be as fun because the girls were screaming so loud!

3 August 2012
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fabfouremily said

Here's one for those of you (including myself) that weren't there in the sixties. If you could go to any one day, which one would you go to?

Well, I WAS around in the '60s, but they ended when I was only 2 so I wasn't able to enjoy it or remember it too well! Anyways, since you didn't specify that the date had to be Beatles-relevant, I choose June 18, 1967, Monterey Pop Festival in California. But as far as Beatle-related dates are concerned, I'd probably choose August 28, 1964...

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...or the rooftop concert.

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
3 August 2012
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minime said
Humm I think this topic has come up somewhere ( perhaps it was the questioning thread?)

Damm. I thought that I had come up with an original idea for a cool thread. Never mind.

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4 August 2012
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I agree with january 30th at saville row

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4 August 2012
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I did think it would be a popular choice.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

4 August 2012
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I think in the other thread of this type i said Hamburg in the early 1960's and i still would go there - preferably when Ringo sat in for Pete Best but December '62 would be fine as well. Judging on the available recordings from that time their playing would have been phenomenal, they were irrelevant to their audience but hilarious when doing so and it would have just been an incredible experience to behold and savour. Obviously i'd need to be surrounded by a couple of large bodyguards so i didnt get beaten up by the drunkards in the audience tho.  

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5 August 2012
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The day the "aahs" were recorded for ADitL.

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5 August 2012
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The Walrus said
The day the "aahs" were recorded for ADitL.

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As for my own ideal '60s time travel, I'd have to say the day The Beatles first smoked pot with Bob Dylan. *I know: strange choice...* Imagine being in a room with John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Bob Dylan while they all got high--of course, I would've gotten stoned with them (how could anyone pass up the opportunity?!)--and witnessing the absurdity that might have taken place: I'm pretty sure it could have had potential for being the most epic pot party in history lol.

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5 August 2012
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Good thread even for those who were there! (I had just turned 10 when Ed Sullivan first sucked me right up to the TV screen).

1. In the audience of the Ed Sullivan Theater Feb '64

2. Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock Aug '69 (though I did see him live at Madison Square Garden and took cool pictures of him. And have my ticket stub)

3. Apollo 11 launch (July '69).  [Yes, Bryan Adams is right: "Summer of '69" was special. Too bad my parents had sent me to Europe]

4. Beatles at Shea Stadium (Aug '65, not the '66 concert)

5. Rooftop; but not at street level. As long as we're fantasizing, I'd have wanted to be in the building across the street, one flight up.

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7 August 2012
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LOL at The Walrus's answer!

ITSWD, I'm in thrall over your having seen Hendrix! (I take it the MSGshow in question wasnt the disastrous Band of Gypsys performance of January 1970)

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8 August 2012
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Actually, I wouldn't have minded swapping Madison Square Garden '68 for New Year's Eve at the Fillmore East 1970.

The MSG concert was just fair: Hendrix was on a

slowly rotating stage (never done since, and for good reason). That's how I got pictures from the front, from the side, from three quarters,...). Half the time you just saw the wall of Marshall amps.

And then you had the teenagers like me coming down from our seats to stand up front flashing our Instamatic cameras (wouldn't happen today).

On the other hand, Hendrix played 4 sets at the intimate Fillmore East over New Year's Eve '70 (2 per night as was the norm at the Fillmore). Those 4 sets are available on CD. On any given night, some songs came out better than others - that's the price you pay when artist jams a lot. But the Band of Gypsies album takes the best from each set; I think it's a great album! Vonbontee, I'm guessing you don't!

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8 August 2012
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AWESOME photos, thanks for posting those!

Those Band of Gypsys New Years Eve/Day concerts are just fantastic - I'd be happy for a box set documenting all 4 shows in full! No, the "disastrous" show i was referring to was the Winter Festival for Peace or whatever it was called - from January 28 in MSG, when Hendrix was sick or bum-tripping and had to leave the stage after two songs.

(Big Jimi fan, obviously, and would happily talk more about him; but, you know, gotta stay on topic!)

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
17 October 2012
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I know this was kind of abandoned, but I am ALWAYS thinking about this question. My top 3 would be:

 

1. 7th February 1964: British Invasion Begins- Being on the flight with them! And how they'd all be so nervous and excited, and then you'd be with them and see all the crowds at the airport and be like, "Wow!".... and the press conference when they're so funny, and going to the hotel and waving at all the fans below, and having the entire 12th floor to themselves and ending up in the bathroom, just becuase they wanted to be together....

 

2. 4th October 1960: First Night at the Kaiserkeller- John said that the Beatle's best work was unrecorded becuase it took place in dirty, sweaty, cramped, smelly, grimy cellars like the Kaiserkellar (and the Cavern)....Imagine John swearing and making Nazi jokes, the tension between Paul and Stu, them all "maching shau", and Astrid, Klaus and Jurgen being there....hopefully the Hurricanes too, so I could meet Ringo.

 

3. 6th July 1957: The Day John Met Paul- Its been dramatised and fictionalised a few times, and it would be cool to see what really happened...what were the Quarrymen like when they performed? Was Paul nervous or cocky when they were introduced? What did he play? Was John obviously impressed, or was he snarky?

"I don't think we were actually swimming, as it were, with shirts on, 'cos we always wear overcoats when we're swimming,"-

George Harrison, Australia, June 1964

17 October 2012
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6th of July '57 - oh yes I would have loved to be there. I can just picture myself in a blue gingham dress (don't know why) watching the two meet.

what were the Quarrymen like when they performed?

That's what I want to know. People have said (I'm pretty sure John himself being one of those people, and Paul another) that they weren't very good that day. John was drunk and didn't know the song lyrics so he just made them up as he went along.

I'd like to have seen that.

Was Paul nervous or cocky when they were introduced?

Good question.

What did he play?

Taken from this site - ''The pair chatted for a few minutes, and McCartney showed Lennon how to tune a guitar - the instruments owned by Lennon and Griffiths were in G banjo tuning. McCartney then sang Eddie Cochran's Twenty Flight Rock and Gene Vincent's Be-Bop-A-Lula, along with a medley of songs by Little Richard.''

 

So wish I'd been there.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

17 October 2012
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Yeah, I've  heard that Paul played Be-Bop-A-Lula and Twenty Flight Rock (didn't he write the words of  20 Flight Rock out for John?)....I also heard that he played something on the piano. Some sources say that the Quarrymen performed on the back of a lorry on the way to the the fete and some don't (I've been to St Peter's Church myself, and I can't see how a lorry would get there, it certainly wouldn't get into the churchyard)

I love Paul's description of the scene in In His Own Write, "I was a fat schoolboy and as he leaned an arm on my shoulder, I realized that he was drunk. We were twelve then but in spite of his sideboards, we went on to become teenage pals,"

Though of course, they were 15 and 16, not 12.

"I don't think we were actually swimming, as it were, with shirts on, 'cos we always wear overcoats when we're swimming,"-

George Harrison, Australia, June 1964

18 October 2012
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20 October 2012
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Savile Row rooftop gig or the Woolton church fete in '57. Would love to see the Quarrymen and John's teenage escapades, as well as his first meeting with Paul. Maybe I'd materialise my Tardis at a bus stop in Speke or wherever it was and get on that double-decker bus that John and Paul took late one night with George, and watch John talk to George and listen to him play for the first time.

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22 October 2012
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I would either go to..

that concert; or I would go to the Revolver sessions, specifically Taxman. I would also go to Pink Floyd's Pompeii concert.

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Camarasaur8 said
Savile Row rooftop gig or the Woolton church fete in '57. Would love to see the Quarrymen and John's teenage escapades, as well as his first meeting with Paul.

That would have been my second choice, but only if I could have been there as a 17 year old. A 48 year old man hanging around that stage would have been...well...creepy.

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