Graced by living in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park was where we were entertained every Sunday at no charge by our local globe renowned artists such as: Santana; Jefferson Airplane; The Grateful Dead; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Sly and The Family Stone; Journey; Big Brother and the Holding Company; Tower of Power; Quicksilver Messenger Service; Blue Cheer; etc., etc., etc.
Big joints, little joints, pink joints, yellow joints and pipe loads, were altruistically passed up and down the rows of people standing; as well as around & around with those that were sitting or lying on picnic blankets ~ of which many were passed out.
The police in 1968 were so concerned with The Black Panthers and The Third World Liberation Front protests at San Francisco State and the ever growing counter-culture groups and cults that on a Sunday during a Santana concert in GG Park, Gleason was so wasted that he went up to a cop on horseback and blew marijuana smoke in his stallion’s face.
The policeman just smiled glazey-eyed and dazed & confused…………………
Our three most memorable and outrageous rock experiences were:
° Led Zeppelin at the tiny 2,000 capacity UC Berkeley Community Theater where Jimmy Page played Dazed and Confused with a bow and John Bonham beat the drums so loud, that we left almost deaf and regained our hearing two days later!
° The Who at Civic Auditorium with a huge British flag as their backdrop, did three encores with Roger Daltrey doing big loop-the-loops with his microphone and Pete Townsend frantically windmilling his guitar to the heavens.
° Jimi Hendrix at The Winterland Ballroom ~ the most powerful stage presence EVER, totally mesmerized the audience by playing his Stratocaster behind his back and with his teeth.
A total Voodoo Chile.
Pray to The Holy Spirit constantly and simply from your heart, just as earnestly as He was your very best friend.
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