In 1968, rock promoter Bill Graham launched the Fillmore East in New York City and the Fillmore West in San Francisco, changing music forever. For three years, every major rock band played the Fillmores, performing legendary shows: Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Cream, the Allman Brothers, and many more. John Glatt tells the story of the Fillmores through the lives of Bill Graham, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Carlos Santana, and an all-star supporting cast. Chronicling the East and West Coast cultures of the late 1960s and early 1970s - New York City with its speed, heroin, and the Velvet Underground versus San Francisco with the LSD-drenched Summer of Love - Glatt reveals how Graham made it all possible. But why did Graham shutter both Fillmores within weeks of each other in 1971, during the height of their popularity? Live at the Fillmore East and West reveals how Graham's claim that "the flowers wilted and the scene changed" was not quite the whole story.
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"great story, narrator a bit grating"
can't say anything bad about the book itself. exactly what o had hoped for. the narrator is very sing songy in his reading and it took me a long while to get used to his delivery. a bit too much like he's trying "perform" his reading rather than just telling the story.
"Pretty Good Book"
You have to keep in mind, this is in 60's & 70's. Boring then good. All you hear about is freaking, Jefferson Airplane... ugghh. I don't care for their music... but they were hugely successful then. You hear very little about Hendrix. But the stuff about, Bill Graham was good. Shows how money, can change you...for the worse. The narrator was okay. Sometimes it could get nerve racking. But then again, this was a different time. Too bad both venues are gone now. A lot musical history there.
"Brought Back Memories"
I purchased this audiobook for a road trip for me and my man to listen to while traveling and we loved it. It brought back memories for him growing up around San Fransisco during that era. He's seen many of these groups. Mostly Winterland, Berkeley Community Theater, Altamont Speedway and Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. He's several years older than myself but nothing in this book was lost on me.
I found the audiobook to be really good. It was a big piece of rock n' roll history where through Phil Graham, many of these groups received exposure. It was equally fun listening to some of the stories about some of my rock heroes such as Santana, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Grateful Dead along with many others including Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Overall, this was a really good purchase providing several hours of enjoyment. Peter Berkrot did a great job narrating this audiobook. No complaints from hubby. He thought it was a perfect fit.
"Vapid and Meandering"
People with lots of time on their hands and no other resources.
No - phony delivery.
How about Bill Graham?
I listened up to the point - quite early - when Graham, his wife 8 months pregnant, takes up with an underage hippie chick. Considering this was part of the Fillmore ambience, it's probably fortunate for Graham that he died before this book was published, or there might be a follow-up report a la Jimmy Saville.
"5 star book 0 star arrator"
Only a couple chapters in, but not sure I can put up with this narrator much longer. Fake hippie accent, fake Latino accent, mispronounces words in many different ways. He changes his fake accent with each character to the region the character is fun. The majority of fake vocals sounds like tough guy meth addict from the sixties. This is good history but needs to be rereleased with a different reader. Don't buy this version unless you are very young and can't tell the difference.
"Great story ruined by ridiculous narrator"
The narrator uses an incredibly fake "Hey Man it's cool" Southern California stereotypical hippy way of speaking throughout the book and it makes for a tough listen. I wish there were another version available to listen to.
"Great inside look at the beginning and the end of an era"
Great look at 60's Rock which was started with the flower power philosophy and fueled by passion and drugs, then ultimately poisoned by fame and more drugs. Fascinating and informative. A great look a Rock history and an era that can never be duplicated.
Too many names mispronounced. Palo Alto is NOT in Marin. Dumb errors. Winter land was not a ballroom
"I'm no Hippy but I dig the $&@! Out of this book!"
Any fan of rock culture and wants to know where sex, drugs and rock and roll began better read/listen to This book!
"East west music scene of the 60s early 70s"
Excellently written account of the east and west coast (NYC and SF) music scenes of 60s and early 70s. A nice mini history of Grahm, Joplin, Santana, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. There's a movie in this somewhere :) Also well performed. Also would recommend to anyone new to the music business. Plenty of tidbits of info still applicable today.
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