Another group in the same class is the Family Dogs who, together with the Fast Flying Vestibule (really) will play (?) at a dance at the Kits Theatre Saturday. [ . . . ]
When asked, "If this music like this appeals to the hippies and the flower children, and none of them have more than the pot to dream in, where do they get the money to go to these dances?" the answer was, "Buddy, you gotta dime?"
(from Lorne Parton's "See Hear" column, the Vancouver Province, 22 June 1967)
... A band playing at Phase Four Wednesday night was billed as "The Family Dog," while a sign in the window of the Psychedelic Shop across the street announced: "Musicians Wanted for The New Awakening Fun and Funeral Band."... And Jim Wisbey, the Torch bearer, is dickering for Cap Stadium July 16 for a concert by the Grateful Dead.
(from Jack Wasserman's column, the Vancouver Sun, 22 June 1967)
THURSDAY - The Grateful Dead, The Daily Flash, The Collectors, and The Painted Ship. 7 p.m. Agrodome.
(from the Vancouver Sun, 7 July 1967)
200-POUND PIG PEN FLIES IN WITH FIVE GRATEFUL DEAD
Ten live British newspapermen on a centennial tour of Canada came face to face at Vancouver airport Wednesday with the Grateful Dead.
The five dead - Pig Pen, Captain Trip, Kid Decibel, Reddy Kilowatt, and Captain Credit - arrived from San Francisco and will perform tonight at the Pacific National Exhibition Agrodome.
The newspapermen - from some of Britain's leading newspapers - were enroute to Whitehorse and were amused bystanders as about 60 Kitsilano hippies welcomed the Grateful Dead.
Pig Pen, leader of the Dead, escorted his group through the crowd of local hippies and foreign newsmen assembled at the airport's north terminal.
The 200-pound hippy musician, with shoulder-length hair, beard and moustache, wore a black buffalo skin coat, a blue and green striped sweatshirt, and a black naval cocked hat.
The British newsmen seemed slightly baffled by the commotion but were favorably impressed by the hippies.
"This sort of thing doesn't happen at British airports," said Willis Pickard of The Scotsman, Edinburgh.
"The hippies aren't offensive and they liven the show up a bit. They're a stimulating influence on Canadian society which tends to be stuffy and conformist."
"They're well behaved, a pleasant group of kids," said George Perry of the London Sunday Times.
"I find nothing sad about them at all."
The welcoming committee of local hippies was provided by Jim Wisbey, a local club operator who is promoting the Agrodome show.
Wisbey chartered a bus at a cost of $30 to provide 60 hippies transportation from the Village Bistro on Fourth Avenue to the airport and back.
Following their arrival, the Grateful Dead signed autographs on posters, bare arms, and cigarette packs for the local hippies who then boarded their bus for Kitsilano.
The five dead plus $20,000 worth of musical equipment and two managers made the trip to downtown Vancouver by automobile.
Promoters of the Agrodome show say the Grateful Dead entertainment will be supplemented by a large-scale hippy "love-in."
(from the Vancouver Sun, 13 July 1967)
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IT'S JUST THE MUSIC, MAN, NOT THE BODY, THAT ROCKS
Is the rock 'n roll riot going the way of bathtub gin and the early Elvis Presley?
Is it, gratefully, dead?
Perhaps an obituary is premature, judging from Thursday night's concert by The Grateful Dead.
But the traditional mob frenzy surrounding the old rock 'n roll concerts appears to be on a dying note.
If so, give some credit to the hirsute hippies and the psychedelic revolution which is toppling "straight" rock 'n roll from its musical throne.
Love rock, or acid rock, is taking over in the psychedelic sixties.
And the scene is peaceful, man, following the hippies' scripture of total non-violence.
Such was the scene Thursday night as about 1,300 hippies, ersatz hippies, teeny-boppers, and straight (ordinary) people attended a noise-wracked concert featuring San Francisco's Grateful Dead in the Agrodome.
There wasn't a single incident amid the wafts of incense. When the flower children blossom out, the only assault is on the ears.
Said police crowd control expert Insp. F.C. (Bud) Errington following the four-hour show: "It was one of the most orderly crowds we have ever had."
Only a year ago, 36 screaming, hysterical teen-agers were carried bodily from the PNE Forum by the Rolling Stones, a straight rock 'n roll British group.
The mayhem during the concert also included assaults on a police officer and an usher, plus two arrests for drunkenness.
At Thursday night's psychedelic "love-in," the teeny-boppers did not scream, screech, swoon, or tear their clothes.
Despite the music's wild, soaring crescendos, they sat silently, as rapt as meditative monks.
A few activists among them let their hair down by engaging in isolated "love dances."
Explained one 15-year-old teeny-bopper and would-be hippy: "We don't have to scream out loud anymore.
"We don't believe in screaming, because then you can't hear the song. We still get emotionally aroused, but now we scream inside."
And according to a Fourth Avenue hippy, the teeny-boppers are among their young disciples.
"The teeny-boppers are following the lead of the older hippies. We are a non-violent people and we just came here to listen and enjoy the music."
Insp. Errington and his 25-man force spent the evening suffering nothing worse than sore eardrums.
"It's perhaps the most grueling four hours I ever spent," said Errington. "I didn't think anything could be more amplified than (straight) rock 'n roll."
Added a ticket taker: "These people (the hippies) don't cause any trouble. They're not on this earth. They're away up somewhere."
(by Alf Strand, from the Vancouver Sun, 14 July 1967)
Alas, no tape!
Thanks to Dave Davis.
Some images --
|Pigpen at the airport.|
|Newspaper ad for July 14-15.|