Nel 1967 Radio London era la radio piu' ascoltata dai giovani inglesi.

Contrariamente alla BBC, radio nazionale, era in grado di proporre

una musica nuova, che si faceva strada allora, frutto di una generazione

di artisti che incominciava a sperimentare nuove vibrazioni e predicava

uno stile di vita lontano anni luce dagli stereotipi della cultura formale e

bigotta radicata nella realta' britannica. Esponenti di spicco, oltre ai

Beatles ed ai Rolling Stones, erano i Pink Floyd, i Soft Machine, Jimi

Hendrix, i Traffic, ed una miriade di gruppi piu' o meno sconosciuti,

capaci di interpretare musicalmente, in modi sempre piu' convincenti,

il nuovo verbo. Le chitarre si fanno piu' distorte, le tastiere piu'

penetranti, i testi mutano soggetto, da amore e baci si passa a

tutt' altri argomenti, di attualita', mitologia, politica, intimita' spirituale,

liberta' in tutte le sue forme, anche sessuale.

Radio London, insieme a Radio Caroline, si avvaleva di una schiera di

DJ che diffondevano non solo i brani di classifica, ma anche proposte

coraggiose e di avanguardia pop. E' il caso di John Peel, che con la

sua Perfumed Garden, in onda nelle ore notturne, usciva completamente

dai canoni della trasmissione radiofonica, inviando nell' etere la cultura

psichedelica del momento con letture di poesie, lunghe suite di

allucinata musica West Coast e via dicendo.

Nasce il mondo della stampa alternativa, dei movimenti pacifisti,

del cinema e del teatro autoprodotti; anche la moda subisce il fascino

di influenze ora orientali ora vittoriane, ora cosmiche. Aumenta a

dismisura la diffusione di droghe leggere e allucinogeni fra i giovani,

che scoprono di essere loro i protagonisti di questo nuovo corso.

Mai come allora gli adulti persero autorita' nell' establishment, mai

come allora il mondo giovanile occidentale ha trovato un denominatore

comune.

Nel giro di un anno tutto era finito: le radio pirata decretate illegali,

le nuove idee inghiottite dal mercato e i giovani a lottare nelle

universita' e nelle fabbriche, spesso a mano armata .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The UK summer of Love chronology

 

 

3 / 66

Londons Marquee Club begins the Spontaneous Underground,

a Sunday afternoon psychedelic groove with Pink Floyd as members

 

8/66

Revolver released. The seventh Beatles LP contains the

song Tomorrow never knows inspired by the Timothy Leary's

book The Psychedelic Experience

 

 

10 / 66

A benefit show at the Roundhouse for the launch of the underground paper International Times features Pink Floyd and The Soft Machine (15th). Paul McCartney attends, dressed as an arab. The Creation play "Painterman"

 

 

 

 12 / 66

15th : The Speakeasy club opens and The Move

      headline the first night 

On the 22nd of December, Pink Floyd played 

       the first of of 11 gigs at The Marquee Club

UFO opens at tottenham court road

       on 23rd Pink Floyd + Soft Machine

cream - I feel free

donovan - sunshine superman

jimi hendrix - hey joe

move - night of fear

 

1 / 67

24th of january first gig of Jimi Hendrix at Marquee

attack - try it

spencer davis group - I' m a man

rolling stones - let' s spend the night together

wimple winch - rumble on mersey square south

 

       

 

 

  2 / 67

"The Carnival of Light Rave," an event held at the

Roundhouse Theater Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 for which Paul Mc Cartney

created the famous track

beatles - penny lane / strawberry fields forever

donovan - mellow yellow

john' s children - just what you want

poets - wooden spoon

smoke - my friend jack

soft machine - love makes sweet music

 

  3 / 67

jeff beck - hi ho silver lining

jimi hendrix - purple haze

pink floyd - arnold layne

 

 

 4 / 67

15th Brighton Festival

14th hour technicolour dream is held at Alexandra

        Palace the night between 29th and 30th

purple gang - grannie takes a trip

who - pictures of lily

yardbirds - little games

 

 

 

 

5 / 67

12.5.67 radio london plays sgt. pepper

      John Peel' s Perfumed Garden begins

last in the series of "Caroline Countdown of Sound"

      was broadcast on Sunday 21st May

jimi hendrix - the wind cries mary

john' s children - desdemona

kinks - waterloo sunset

procol harum - a whiter shade of pale

tomorrow - my white bicycle

traffic - paper sun

 

6 / 67

attack - created by clive

cream - srange brew

pink floyd - see emily play

small faces - here comes the nice

syn - grounded

 

 

7 / 67

The International Love-In Festival is held at Alexandra Palace in London ( 29th )

beatles - all you need is love

jeff beck - tallyman

dave davies - death of a clown

wiston's fumbs - snow white

 

 

  

 

8 / 67

The Middle Earth club opens in London's Covent Garden

Floyd's LP piper at the gates of dawn released

Saint Tropez love-in

Sunday 6th, last Radio London Fab 40

animals-burdon - good times

dantalian' s chariot - mad man running through the fields

flowerpot men - let' s go to san francisco

jimi hendrix - burning of the midnight lamp

herd - from the underworld

move - flowers in the rain

orange bicycle - hyacint threads

our plastic dream - encapsulated marygold

rolling stones - we love you

small faces - itchycoo park

traffic - hole in my shoes

 

 

9 / 67

fleur de lys - I can see the light

hollies - king midas in reverse

idle race - imposters of life' s magazine

kaleidoscope - flight from ashiya

marmalade - I see the rain

nirvana - pentecost hotel

renaissance - mary jane

syn - flowerman

tomorrow - revolution

zombies - friends of mine

 

 

10 / 67

accent - red sky at night

blossom toes - what on earth

eric burdon - san franciscan nights

creation - life is just beginning

donovan - there is a mountain

family - scenes through the eyes of a lens

kinks - autumn almanac

who - I can see for miles

 

 

11 / 67

beatles - hello goodbye

bunch - looking glass Alice

dave davies - Susannah´┐Żs still alive

moody blues - night in white satin

pink floyd - apples and oranges

pretty things - defecting grey

smoke - have some more tea

 

 

12 / 67

The last major underground event of the year is

    Christmas On  Earth Continued, billed as an All-Night           

     Christmas Dream Party and held in the vast

     London Olympia on the 22nd

The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour is screened by BBC1

      on Boxing Day

art - supernatural fairy tales

paper blitz tissue - boy meets girl

tintern abbey - vacuum cleaner

traffic - here we go round the mulberry bush

            soundtrack released

 

 

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