Seated left to Right: Stephen King, David Bright, Harold Crosby, Jim Smith, Philip Thompson, Keith Carreiro, Frank Kadi, Sherry Dec, Michael Alpert & Jim Bishop (Credit: Hans–Ake Liljas, 7 November 2016).
This past Monday evening in Maine, starting at seven o’clock, a rare and unique event occurred. It transpired in The Hutchins Concert Hall at the Richard R. and Anne A. Collins Center for the Arts (CCA), which is located on the University of Maine Campus in Orono. The lines of people waiting to get into the 1,435 seat hall formed early. When the doors at last opened for this venue and the audience settled into their seats, the hall was filled to capacity.
Jim thought it would be cool if Steve could take another look at this turbulent and unsettling time, as well as have his roman á clef be accompanied by personal narratives from his UMO peers.
With all what I have said above as a given, I want to get to the last part of the time spent onstage in the Hutchins Concert Hall. A young woman stood up and asked Jim, who was moderating this part of the evening, “What advice can you give us that can help us know how to come together and find hope?”
I was in Sandy Ives’ barn.? Pete Seeger was there. Gordon Bok. Margaret MacArthur. Diane McPherson and Zoltan. Even Woody and Arlo Guthrie. Dylan smiled. Paul played a riff on his guitar to which Frampton gave a responding riff. Jeff, Jimi, Keith, Frank, Eric, Pete and Jerry responded.?
1-2-3-4- We don’t want your fucking war.
5-6-7-8- We don’t want no fucking hate.
For the first time in a long while, the beat of fifty years passing was not spent in making rhymes of yesterday . . .?
Dylan, Bob. The Times They Are a-Changin’. 1963. New York City, Columbia Records, 1964. Accessed 18 Nov. 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7qQ6_RV4VQ
?Please refer to the blog I wrote about Professor Ives: < https://immortalitywars.com/the-storytellers-part-v/ >.
?The musicians referred to hear are all lead guitarists. Their full names are listed as follows: Geoffrey Arnold “Jeff” Beck (1944– ), James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (1942–1970), Keith Richards (1943– ), Frank Vincent Zappa (1940–1993), Eric Patrick Clapton (1945– ), Peter Dennis Blandford “Pete” Townshend (1945– ), and Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia (1942–1995).
†“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” is a song written and composed by Holland–Dozier–Holland (1966). The Supremes (1966) did a version of it. The lyric referred to here refers to the one the rock band Vanilla Fudge played in 1967.
‡Written by Harry Nilsson, “One” was made famous by Three Dog Night in 1969.
?Bob Dylan wrote, played and recorded “All Along the Watchtower” in 1967, which is in the album John Wesley Harding. In 1968, Jimi Hendrix did a version of it, recording it for Electric Ladyland with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The strat mentioned here is reportedly Jimi’s favorite guitar.
?The reference being made here is to the song “One” noted above in note ‡. The line is written as, “Now I spend my time just making rhymes of yesterday.”
I was proud of the youths who opposed the war in Vietnam because they were my babies.
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It was an awesome evening indeed dear husband! An evening that all who were there will always remember! !
I am recommending ‘Hearts in Suspension’ for it is time to look back at what happened in the sixties to college students outside of the usual focus centers like Berkeley. I was witness to this unique book launching event at the University of Maine Orono. Seen through the eyes of the insightful Stephen King and his fellow students and friends, I found the event and this non-fiction book to be both thought provoking and entertaining.
Thank you, Robert, for your comment. It was a very powerful and memorable event for me as well.