The World of Promo Films (Part 1)

What we know of today as the music video started out in the ‘60s as the ‘Promo Film’ or “Promotional Video.” These were essentially short films made to advertise a band’s new single, usually to replace an in-person appearance on a TV show or, in The Beatles’ case, to make up for concerts in general.Continue reading “The World of Promo Films (Part 1)”

Festival Friday: The 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music

The 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music, held at the Royal Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England from June 27th-29th, was a truly progressive event indeed. A lineup that included a diverse assortment of heavy hitters from the likes of Pink Floyd, Hot Tuna and Dr. John drew a crowdContinue reading “Festival Friday: The 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music”

Festival Friday: Kralingen Music Festival 1970 (The Holland Pop Festival)

Europe had its fair share of phenomenal rock festivals during the late ’60s and ’70s, from the Isle of Wight to Rome and Rotterdam, Holland. From June 26th-28th, 1970, 100,000 people gathered to hear sounds as diverse as Santana, Soft Machine and Pentangle to name but a few. The Kralingen festival went so smoothly andContinue reading “Festival Friday: Kralingen Music Festival 1970 (The Holland Pop Festival)”