Wednesday 13 June 2012

Adelaide Night Life - 1967

1967. What a year that was! 

Jimmy Hoffa went to prison. Elvis Presley got married (in Las Vegas, of course). The first automatic cash machine was installed, in England, but no Nobel Peace Prize was awarded. Charlie Chaplin released his last film. Clint Eastwood released A Fistful of DollarsHenry Hill and Thomas DeSimone robbed Air France of $420,000. And I first experienced the growing suspicion that I was fated to be drafted and sent to Vietnam.

In the music world, Johnny Farnham released Sadie (The Cleaning Lady). The Doors released their first album. The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour. Pink Floyd released The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. The Rolling Stones released Their Satanic Majesties Request, and the musical Hair opened off-Broadway. 

It has been suggested that, at the time, Adelaide led the world in fashion, music and street gangs. Don't believe it? Just watch this news report from 1967, as ace ABC reporters get to the bottom of things. Discotheques, Mods, Rockers, Sharpies, and street fighting. Plus you'll get to hear that thundering tribal rock band, The Notions, performing live.

For contrast, here's a song from the Beatles' album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

And to set things in counterpoint, here's Those Were The Days by Mary Hopkin from the following year.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Why, Henry, this is so nostalgic. Is it your birthday or something?

These flashbacks are always interesting. I can scarcely believe beautiful Miranda Otto is 45.