Rock music in the summer of ’67 reflected the growing conflict in Viet Nam, the drug experimentation of the counterculture, and the ongoing civil rights struggles.
The primary influence was the burgeoning West Coast “flower power” movement, centered in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury and Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon rock music enclaves.
The Doors broke on through to the other side with their self-titled debut album. The British sound was starting to mature, with the emergence of The Who and the shift of the The Beatles from purely commercial pop to concept albums and issue-oriented music.
All of these elements came together at the Monterey International Pop Festival in June 1967. The Who made their first U.S. appearance there. It was the first major gig for Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. It was the first major rock festival ever staged, and it served as the model for the genre.
Sounds of the Summer of ’67:
The Byrds – Byrds Greatest Hits - Compare CD Prices
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced? - Compare CD Prices
Moby Grape – Moby Grape - Compare CD Prices
Mothers of Invention – Absolutely Free - Compare CD Prices
Yardbirds – Little Games - Compare CD Prices