Tuesday, October 18, 2016

50th Anniversary Festival For The Riot On Sunset Strip Features Love Revisited With Johnny Echols

Saturday November 12, 2016
Echoplex, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Looks like an exciting event!

Most psyched about Love Revisited, featuring co-founder and guitarist for Love, the great Johnny Echols!

The festival commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Sunset Strip curfew riots in L.A.

The event is curated by Domenic Priore, author of "Riot On Sunset Strip"...

There was also an exploitation movie of the same name that came out in 1967, about six weeks after the riots...

The riots were immortalized in Stephen Stills' classic "For What It's Worth", originally recorded with Buffalo Springfield...

The Sunset Strip curfew riots, also known as the "hippie riots", were a series of early counterculture-era clashes that took place between police and young people on the Sunset Strip in HollywoodCalifornia, beginning in the summer of 1966 and continuing on and off through the early 1970s.
In 1966, annoyed residents and business owners in the district had encouraged the passage of strict (10:00 p.m.) curfew and loitering laws to reduce the traffic congestion resulting from crowds of young club patrons.[1] This was perceived by young, local rock music fans as an infringement on their civil rights, and on Saturday, November 12, 1966, fliers were distributed along the Strip inviting people to demonstrate later that day.
Hours before the protest one of L.A's rock 'n' roll radio stations announced there would be a rally at Pandora's Box, a club at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights, and cautioned people to tread carefully.[2] The Los Angeles Times reported that as many as 1,000 youthful demonstrators, including such celebrities as Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda (who was afterward handcuffed by police), erupted in protest against the perceived repressive enforcement of these recently invoked curfew laws.[1]

Cultural impact[edit]

This incident provided the basis for the 1967 low-budget teen exploitation film Riot on Sunset Strip, and inspired multiple songs:

1 comment:

  1. The City of West Hollywood is commemorating with a whole series of events and exhibits with Henry Diltz, Domenic Priore, Robert Landau and more. www.bit.ly/SunsetStrip66