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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

                                                    

We forget birthdays, where we left the car keys, and even what we had for breakfast.  So how is it that we can recognize 45 year old pop hits from their opening notes...and still remember every word of the lyrics?  Apparently, what we listen to as adolescents and teens become part of our hard-wiring.  But according to author David Hepworth, one Baby Boomer subset has bragging rights.  He believes the music of our era was exceptional:  so creative...so unique...that it transformed the rock genre.  Whether you agree or not, his recently published Never A Dull Moment: 1971 The Year that Rock Exploded might be a fun summer read.  Here's an overview from the Barnes and Noble website:

A rollicking look at 1971 - the busiest, most innovative and resonant year of the 70s, defined by the musical arrival of such stars as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni Mitchell

On New Year's Eve, 1970, Paul McCartney told his lawyers to issue the writ at the High Court in London, effectively ending The Beatles. You might say this was the last day of the pop era.

The following day, which was a Friday, was 1971. You might say this was the first day of the rock era. And within the remaining 364 days of this monumental year, the world would hear Don McLean's "American Pie," The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," The Who's "Baba O'Riley," Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Rod Stewart's "Maggie May," Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," and more.

David Hepworth, an ardent music fan and well regarded critic, was twenty-one in '71, the same age as many of the legendary artists who arrived on the scene. Taking us on a tour of the major moments, the events and songs of this remarkable year, he shows how musicians came together to form the perfect storm of rock and roll greatness, starting a musical era that would last longer than anyone predicted. Those who joined bands to escape things that lasted found themselves in a new age, its colossal start being part of the genre's staying power.

Never a Dull Moment is more than a love song to the music of 1971. It's also an homage to the things that inspired art and artists alike. From Soul Train to The Godfather, hot pants to table tennis, Hepworth explores both the music and its landscapes, culminating in an epic story of rock and roll's best year.

 

Let us know if you've read it.  Your assignment is to write a two page book report...paragraphs of 5 or more sentences...neatness and spelling count.

                              

 

So you know how you read something on the Internet and that leads to exploring a related link...which leads to another link...and then another?   (There should be a name for that.  Wait...there is:  wasting time.)  The review for the book mentioned in the story above triggered just that kind of cyber meandering.  Ultimately, it led to a Facebook page called "Lost Sounds of Montana".  Who could resist clicking on that?

Dave Martens was working as a DJ in Havre and Missoula when he realized how few regional recordings made it into radio station collections, especially those made prior to the mid-1990s.  What happened to the music of those legendary garage bands that played around the state...and sometimes beyond?  Madd & the Hatters from Glendive; The Vulcans from Missoula; Out of Sight and The Missing Lynx from Great Falls; The Beauregard Mansion and The Frantics from Billings.  

His five year mission (seriously:  he started in 2011) has been "to preserve, archive, showcase and make accessible the music and associated history of Montana across the decades."   Martens started hunting for vintage 45s, reel-to-reel tapes, old footage of live performances...whatever captured the sound.  He doesn't focus exclusively on rock, but it does make up most of the collection.  

With the help of a growing number of volunteers and contributors, he created a Facebook page.  It was a long process, but the team selected 27 cuts for a set with 2 LPs, a CD and a 12-page brochure.  It's titled "Long Time Comin' - Lost Sounds from the Treasure State Vol. 1 1958-1969".  Released in February and priced at $25, it has already sold out.  But there's enough material for future projects -- look for '70s rock, country western, and maybe even a singer/songwriter production.

                              

If you're up for still more musical and cultural nostalgia, check out the pictures and videos on FB.  Some of the names and faces might be familiar.  Several newspapers published stories about Martens and his passion for classic Montana rock 'n roll....the Billings Gazette even included audio clips of various bands.  You can access a few of the articles here:

http://billingsgazette.com/entertainment/music/rebel-sounds-coming-from-montana-in-the-s-featured-on/article_a3c40b20-f87d-5c89-8757-f659ed938ef7.html

http://flatheadbeacon.com/2016/01/28/preserving-montanas-lost-sounds/

http://missoulian.com/news/local/singing-the-sixties-new-record-compilation-was-a-long-time/article_52d04f9b-da03-543b-95aa-f410f2aaa981.html

 

                             

Undated - "The Dukes" from Livingston: L to R: Jeff Smith, John Smith (Class of '71), Dave Kemp, Steve Clausing. Photo from Julie (Fink) Brantley

 

Reach out to Dave at admin@lostsoundsmt.com if you have any of the "treasure" he's hunting...especially if you can get Livingston's musicians represented. (The Misfits and The Jaywalkers were well-known local bands in the early 60s.)  Besides recordings, he's looking for photos, posters, flyers, ticket stubs, newspaper clippings and the like.  Surely your inner Psck Rat has some of that stuff stashed away...get digging!  The rest of us did our part -- we guaranteed the return of vinyl the moment we unloaded those dust-covered turntables in our basements.

Rock on...

 

 

One Last Music-Related Topic...

Did you know that a Park Senior High alumnus is a nationally-known music critic?  Milo Miles, Class of 1970, has had a long and interesting career.  Formerly the music editor for The Boston Phoenix, he continues to write for publications like Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and The New York Times.  Maybe you've heard his familiar voice on NPR's Fresh Air, where he's the world-music and American-roots music critic.  You might remember him from high school days as scary smart and with a sharp wit.  That's unchanged.  You can find his reviews on the npr.org website, read his commentary on music and life in general at mmiles777.wordpress.com or follow him on Twitter (@MiloMiles777).

 

Happy 45th!

Remember what you were doing on June 7, 1971?  Here's a hint:

 

Those color-coded gowns -- gold for the girls and purple for the guys -- felt like they were made from cheap tablecloths.

Here are a few more photos from the Memorabilia section of our Photo Gallery:

A classic shot:  Frank Roberts and Jim Johnson.  Gotta love the tassel on the cowboy hat!

 

Log in and view more by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab at the top of the page.  See you at our 50th Class Reunion in 2021!