It Was 44 Years Today Posted by Mr. Moderator Jan 302013 How did it take me until 8:34 EST to realize January 30th is the 44th anniversary of the Beatles’ rooftop concert? Can we make this an official RTH rock-oliday? How would we celebrate it? Jam on a rooftop? Wear a woman’s fur coat? 17 Responses to “It Was 44 Years Today” Bobby Bittman says: 01/30/2013 at 10:26 pm http://youtu.be/CNgL0E2BFEM 0 High Five misterioso says: 01/30/2013 at 10:53 pm Get up and go back home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amiBTezWKqQ 0 High Five funoka says: 01/31/2013 at 10:43 am Up on the roof with Jefferson Airplane — Great looks — and Grace. http://youtu.be/XLRX7bZH41g 0 High Five misterioso says: 01/31/2013 at 11:29 am Interesting, I’d never seen that! That said, my inclination is to root for them to jump. 0 High Five cdm says: 01/31/2013 at 12:25 pm Oof, they really are just unbearable… 0 High Five jeangray says: 01/31/2013 at 1:35 pm If’n only you believed in miracles… 0 High Five funoka says: 01/31/2013 at 2:06 pm I thought it was historicaly significant that this was before the celebrated Beatles roof concert and that there is a fur coat on display. Better with the sound off, no doubt. Don’t you think Martin Balin looks cool? Plus I’ve got a thing for Grace circa 67-68. 0 High Five cdm says: 01/31/2013 at 3:07 pm Grace was definitely hot (in pictures) but I prefer Michelle Phillips’ Betty to Grace’s Veronica. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 01/31/2013 at 3:12 pm I didn’t know that preceded the Beatles’ rooftop performance. I agree, that is cool. I think I did a little analysis of this video a couple of years ago. There’s some serious Manson Family Pep Rally stuff going on. 0 High Five funoka says: 01/31/2013 at 4:00 pm Yes — Michelle was lovely — Linda Rondstadt in 1969 was pretty OK too. http://youtu.be/mue05fazqsI I remember watching variety shows with my dad — who didn’t like pop music at all — but he sure didn’t flip the channel if Linda or Cher popped up. Does anyone remember the Hasten Down the Wind poster? A couple of older dudes I knew had it up in their dorm rooms. 0 High Five misterioso says: 01/31/2013 at 4:31 pm Any idea what the story was? Was this staged by/for Godard? It is not part of any film of his that I know. Definitely one for the mute button. Admittedly I am immune to whatever charms the Airplane is supposed to have had, but whatever I have heard by them that I can stomach have been studio recordings. Every live performance I have seen is simply unbearable. And yet isn’t part of their alleged legend their live performances? 0 High Five cdm says: 01/31/2013 at 4:41 pm Linda is a great call and she would be the pick of the litter if I could just get that image that shows up occasionally in the banner photo of this site, discussed here (about halfway down): https://www.rocktownhall.com/blogs/richard-wright-joins-keyboard-section-of#more-1685 0 High Five cdm says: 01/31/2013 at 4:42 pm Oop, should say “get that image out of my mind…” 0 High Five funoka says: 01/31/2013 at 5:07 pm There’s a plenty of overwrought Grace and noodling on live Airplane YouTube clips. I do recall her doing an very good (and straight) version of Somebody to Love on the Grammys in the early 80s. All I can find is this on the Goddard clip is this: *** Film-maker Jean Luc Godard filmed the Jefferson Airplane in NOVEMBER 1968 doing the song “House On Poohneil Corners” on top of a midtown NYC roof for a film called One A.M. which was unreleased at the time. This film was later completed by D. A. Pennebaker in 1971 and released and retitled as One P.M. *** I started listening to Airplane on cut-out 8 tracks — this was the song that impressed teenybopper funoka. http://youtu.be/cTtCRFKbQRs I think I’ve said before that I find the Slick/Balin vocal styings are similar the Cervenka/Doe vocals of X. At least when I first heard X, I thought of Airplane. 0 High Five k. says: 01/31/2013 at 8:47 pm I’ve never derived any pleasure from Jefferson Airplane either. This clip must have been fun to make; if it is well received – good and if not – your artistic beliefs are confirmed. 0 High Five mugwort says: 01/31/2013 at 10:06 pm I don’t recall the Beatles rooftop concert. Maybe its because I’m repressing since the record comany my father was A&R man collapsed because of the Beatles. It was Cameo Parkway.One of the most successful independent labels at that time. OTOH very mixed feelings because I do like some of Lennon/McCartney’s compositions. Namely Norwegian Wood, We Can Work it out, :”All you ned is love.” George Harrison’s “Something “ 0 High Five misterioso says: 02/01/2013 at 10:24 am Thanks–that’s interesting. Totally unknown to me. I hear what you mean with the Airplane/X comparison, though I find X much, much more palatable. 0 High Five Leave a ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.