Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Myth busting

One of the most abiding myths of pop music was that Laura Nyro's appearance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival was a disaster and she got booed off stage. Laura herself was a bit neurotic and she wasn't satisfied with the performance, but as you can hear, people are clapping and the closest thing to a boo is some guy shouting "Beautiful!".

This is the tail end of her song "Wedding Bell Blues" and then her song "Poverty Train". The latter is at a too-slow pace, you can see her at the beginning seeming to take a step back towards the band hired as her backing for this performance to remedy that then thinking better of it and slowing down her own performance to match, which might be one reason why she thought it was a disaster.

Okay, so I featured this video four years ago with much the same commentary. I didn't realize that until after I did a Google search for "Laura Nyro Monterey" to find out what year that was, and my prior posting popped out. So it goes, I think most of my readers weren't here four years ago anyhow :).

-- Badtux the Music Penguin

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