the glitter fades"
we were making love.
Join us at the Virginia for a concert for our friend Bob Nutt, advocate for all Rock & Roll musicians, & founder of Champaign-Urbana's Blytham Ltd. Booking Agency.
Pumping electricity into the local rock scene, Bob promoted dozens of bands (REO Speedwagon, One Eyed Jacks, Finchley Boys), filling festivals, college quads, and bars across the
Midwest. Grateful musicians are coming home to plug-in, remembering their visionary, offbeat, and staunch champion.
Profits will go to CU at Home, a ministry with our community's most vulnerable neighbors, providing transitional housing, education, advocacy, and companionship at the Phoenix Drop-In
This concert is underwritten by Champaign's First Presbyterian Church.
BOB NUTT/BLYTHAM LTD
SAT, SEPT 28, 2019, 7PM
On-Sale: Fri, July 19, 2019
If you hung out on "The Strip"
in the sixties, then you know exactly what
the "Hollywood Hangover" is. If you were not there, then you probably wish you had
been, so here is where you'll find information about the people who lived in the grandest part of the world during the greatest era of them all.
What I have read
and seen so far about that period, would have given me the wrong impression, had
I not lived there myself. The Jim Morrison movie for instance, was disturbing--the way we were portrayed. It was misleading. Whose impression was THAT?! ...and oh so negative! That's not the way I remember it, folks.
I don't remember anything bad about
the sixties. The bad stuff was minimal; and it's not something I ever want to zero in on like so many
other writers have done. Every movie, every documentary--all negative
or sleazy. We weren't angels, but we weren't offensive pigs, either. Our young people are being deprived of the truth, because they have been given a
warped notion of what went on. I was there, and it
This web site is generating feedback and gathering stories through the contacts
made here. More and more people are emerging who once frequented Sunset Strip. I
encourage those people to visit once in a while and leave their accounts of that
unbelievable time and place. It's the
only feasible gathering that we can have these days.
There were thousands of us in that small Hollywood
community, but we all knew each other; we all went to the same places to eat,
shop, work and party. All of us have incredible stories to exchange with
each other while the rest of the world looks over our
shoulders..Some things never change, do they?
The Hollywood crowd played a distinct role in historical road-paving in the 1960's. We were first at everything! Our
intense behavior and radical thinking created a deluge of brain waves that washed across the nation
drenching millions of other young minds in our electrifying incredible music...Still is!
"People today are
still living off the table scraps of the sixties."
(Bob Dylan, 1992)
So who were these mad
mortal forces? I'm sure of one thing. We were a distinct rare breed
and there will never be another group like us... Youth, and fearlessness, brazen
curiosity, dreams and aspirations-- these things are certain in every generation,
but in the 60's, on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, these passions were magnified in the
lights, the money, the music and the drugs; amplified in a noble velocity--honorable and glorious,
on a day to day basis. Our feet never touched the ground! Living in suspension
several feet above the earth was normal to us.
Mind-blowing incredible events happened every day.
The worst part of the sixties?
The seventies! That's when the bad turn of events
began. That's when we started losing people. What happens when the
intensity and magnitude is gone from your life?
What do you do? How do you fill up the gaping holes? How do you go back to Kansas or Illinois and
adjust to Midwestern mediocrity after the brilliance of yesterday?
Some have called that period an aftermath.
I've always considered
it to be much more relentless than that-- a painfully long and depressing time
in my life. It was the biggest, baddest hangover I have ever had! Later on, I
learned of the hundreds of other people that endured a similar existence. Many
people lost their lives trying to deal with it. It was THAT devastating! That
was, and STILL IS...
Great Hollywood Hangover.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention
of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW--What a ride!"
under The Great Hollywood Hangover listed as a GROUP!!!
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