The Who at Woodstock
A talk by legendary rock journalist Charles Shaar Murray.
Woodstock 40 Years On And The Whole Hippie Thing - Charles marks the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival.
St Ives Arts Club.
Tuesday 22nd September, 7.00pm.
From: St Ives Tourist Information.
Or From: Steve McIntosh - 01736 797122.
The latest in his explorations into the history of rock and its attendant culture traces rock's hippie dream from the Monterey Pop Festival in the 1967 Summer of Love to its bloody death at Altamont with The Rolling Stones. A euphoric moment in which rock music briefly embodied the highest ideals and aspirations of the human spirit, or just a bunch of middle-class white kids let off the parental and social leash and using the opportunity to have sex, drugs and rock and roll in a muddy field?
Charles Shaar Murray, "the rock critic's rock critic" (Q Magazine), "front-line cultural warrior" and "original gunslinger" (Independent on Sunday) is the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award-winning author of Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix And Post-war Pop, and Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century, short-listed for the same award. The first two decades of his journalism, criticism and vulgar abuse have been collected in Shots From The Hip (Penguin).
A founding contributor to Q and Mojo magazines, he made his print debut in 1970 in the notorious "Schoolkids Issue" of underground magazine OZ, and became a frequent contributor to IT and Cream magazines before going mainstream with NME in 1972. Since launching his freelance career in 1980, his work has appeared in newspapers like The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, Evening Standard, and magazines including Vogue, MacUser, Guitarist, Prospect and New Statesman. He has written and presented several shows for Radio 3 and BBC World Service Radio, and supplied TV punditry to Channel 4 News and Newsnight, as well as appearing on numerous rockumentary programmes, most recently as series consultant for BBC2's Seven Ages Of Rock.
As a musician, he currently terrorises London gig-goers as singer/guitarist for blues band Crosstown Lightnin' , also featuring harmonica maestro Buffalo Bill Smith and the all-female New York rhythm section Queens Of Funk. His first novel, The Hellhound Sample, is due for publication in 2010.
Charles will also be reading extracts from The Hellhound Sample at The Salthouse Gallery - date tba. He'll be making a guest appearance at Buffalo Bill Smith's gig at The Lifeboat on Wednesday 16th September with steel guitar and / or Stratocaster. You will also catch him playing most days at Poetry In The Square.