Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Stamping Ground

In America the golden season for music festivals ended up in late '69 with the Altamont's accidents, a few months after Woodstock. In the early seventies in Europe there was still space for some "good vibrations", as proved by the Kralingen Pop festival, near Rotterdam, on June 1970. The event, documented by the movie Stamping Ground, is often remembered as the European Woodstock, because of the presence of many artists that had already played on that historical three-days concert, like Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Country Joe. But the Kralingen festival also showed how vital was the British scene on that period, offering great perfomances by bands like Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, East Of Eden, Caravan, Fairport Convention, Family, T. Rex...
On this clip The Family play a tremendous version of one of their best tunes, the opening track of the album A Song For Me. The great vocalist Roger Chapman, in particular, offered a memorable, impressive and powerful perfomance.
Tyrannosaurus Rex were at a turning-point in their career. They had just shortened their name, that freaky guy on percussions, Steve Took, had just been replaced by Mickey Finn, leaving Marc Bolan as the only chief of the band. Marc embraced the electric guitar, his success as glam-popstar was just around the corner, but this song still has the naive freshness of his earlier compositions.

Family - Drowned In Wine (1970)
T. Rex - By The Light Of A Magical Moon (1970)

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Blogger TOR Hershman said...

WifeyWu and moi got a VHS of The Monteray Pop Festival from the PubLib last week and it was SUPER.

Mama Cass sitting there, watchin' Joplin singing, with a look as if to be thinkin' "No one can sing that great."

Music for the MOST iconoclastic brains,
no brag, just fact, moi's feces.

Stay on Groovin' Safari,
TOR Hershman

8/24/2006 7:30 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I think the audience was the real protagonist of those old festivals...

8/24/2006 4:11 PM  
Anonymous aldo reali said...

wow! what a start to the t-rex clip!
pot head pixies or what?

8/27/2006 11:20 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

...just some healtful breathes at the open air festival ;-)

8/28/2006 1:50 AM  
Blogger olds01 said...

thank you for the Family

9/02/2006 11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you Pleeeeaaassseeee post more of this movie. I haven't seen it in years and have not been able to even find a copy of it. The It's A Beautiful Day segment where they're playing Wasted Union Blues during the thunderstorm is Unbelieveable.

9/11/2006 1:20 AM  
Blogger John said...

Mirco, what a wonderful thing you've got here! Unfortunately I can't get any of the downloaded movies to open, possibly because I'm using a Mac. Any advice? Or perhaps you could post some of them on Youtube?

I'm desperate to see the Tyrannosaurus Rex clip, but I can't get it to open.

Many thanks


9/11/2006 6:49 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi John, what is your problem? Are you not able to unzip the files? I'm not a Mac user, but I think that applicatons like MacZip should work. If not, I hope some Mac users may give you a suggestion...



9/11/2006 12:10 PM  

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