In Oct 1967, a 16 date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall, London... can you imagine such a tour, taking place today? No is the answer. Which is a shame, what a great way to see five or six happening acts, all on the same night.
On 4 Nov 1966, The Beach Boys Good Vibrations, entered the UK chart for the first time. The song went on to be a UK No.1 hit. Released in May 1966, Pet Sounds is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson, and is often hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in pop music.
We could feel that Camden was different than anything we knew in California. Southern California was hot and bright, the Santa Anna winds dried out your skin and messed up your hair. I was using SPF 50 and had my hair cut like Justine from Elastica. I didn't fit in to say the least. But when I was in Camden I felt like I finally fit in.
I turn now to the beginning of time as we know it: The creation of opera, where some great art rose from the ashes of the desolate earth and, from this glorified art form, came the great opera singer: figures of tremendous glamour, worshipped by an adoring public looking for inspiration and role models - these people were the celebrities of their time.