America in 1969 had been almost because strange as it’s today.
A apparently endless war in Southeast Asia, the horrific assassinations of governmental progressives and creepy Richard Nixon’s presidency cast shadows perhaps the final flickering flames of summer time love couldn’t dispel. (Charles Manson didn’t help. )
Somewhere else in this strange world, stone nevertheless mattered a lot to a large number of individuals.
The Band, the Byrds and their brethren were espousing an acoustic rural retreat from all that; the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane had been maintaining the western Coast strange, although that couldn’t final long; and King Crimson had been unleashing a prog-rock masterpiece, “In the Court regarding the Crimson King. ”
In l. A., meanwhile, Frank Zappa did actually separate the essential difference between art, revolution and retreat as he recorded “Hot Rats, ” their second yet most essential solamente record, throughout the summer time of ’69. The 50th anniversary of “Hot Rats, ” released in October of this 12 months, happens to be observed with “The Hot Rats Sessions, ” an illuminating six-CD package set co-produced by Frank’s younger son, Ahmet, and longtime Zappa “vaultmeister” Joe Travers. (suite…)