About This Blog

Any way you look at it, the decade of the 1960s was exciting. Our generation changed something about nearly everything in the world, from hairstyles to ecological awareness, from fashion to political activism, from the arts to the demand for basic civil rights for all people. No fence-sitting for us, no matter where we stood on these issues we were forced to choose a side. Even our parents and others of the older generation found themselves questioning the status quo.

Some have called the experiment a huge failure (I don't think so), but where the music is concerned we all must agree: from the Sixties came some of the best music ever known. Of course, not all of it was good, but we can't deny that creativity was in the air. Instead of passively accepting the music of previous generations, we created our own. Instead of wearing the fashions passed down from previous generations, we designed our own. Instead of adopting the attitudes and morals of previous generations, we invented our own. As we began to think differently and to view the world around us differently, the world followed suit. Percentage-wise, we were the largest age group on the planet and anything we did affected the remaining percent, and our experience and view of the world moved from being very large, strictly divided by borders and cultures, to reaching out in tolerance for those different from ourselves. All of this seeped into our self-expression, especially where our music was concerned.

Like London's Soho, New York's Greenwich Village and San Francisco's Haight Ashbury, the Gold Coast of California created a host of bands that developed their own musical style and stage presence. As a fellow musician and the girlfriend of the lead guitarist of one of the most popular Tri-County bands at the time, I went to a lot of concerts and dance clubs where I heard some of the best sounds to come out of our beautiful counties. Through this blog it's my intent to bring these bands and individuals back into the spotlight where we can enjoy them once again and where younger people can share a bit of what made the Sixties in our area so damned exciting.

If you were in a band, or were a friend or a fan, and have any information, stories, photos, videos, gig dates, suggestions, and etc. that you'd like to share, please do so! (I even welcome guest bloggers--the possibilities are endless!) Simply click the Contact tab at the top of the page and send me a note.

Our generation didn't come into this world quietly and we won't leave it quietly. It's time to come back out and re-establish the things that are worth leaving behind, namely, the music!