Monday, June 28, 2010

1969 Ads: The Bitter End (and some other places)

Selected 1969 Voice ads for the Bitter End...and the occasional adjacently-printed ad that piqued my interest. I didn't save every single week's ads, just the ones that were more rock-oriented or which intrigued me for some other subjective reason.

1/2/69 issue.

1/16/69 issue.

1/30/69 issue. As befitting their forays into country-rock around this time, the Evs were moving away from showbizzy Vegas-type venues and into clubs catering to the more serious music fan. There's a short review of their Bitter End debut in the 2/6/69 "Scenes" column...apparently the likes of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan (who offered them a song, according to a Christgau column later in the year), Simon and Garfunkel, Johnny Winter, the Rascals, Canned Heat, and Paul Butterfield were in attendance on opening night.

2/6/69 issue. Too bad the following week's issue was missing, I'd have loved to see a full Neil Young ad. Apparently the engagement was 2/12 to 2/17, with Crazy Horse!

2/20/69 issue. I didn't squeeze it in, but above these was an ad for Jerry Butler at the Village Gate.

3/6/69 issue.

3/20/69 ad.

4/3/69 issue.

4/10/69 issue. Full-page announcement for "the First Annual Bleecker Street Elektra Festival, in which we pit the universal poetry of David Ackles against the pure fun of 'Spider' John Koener and Willie Murphy."

5/29/69 issue.

6/5/69 issue. Did I mention how much I love these guys?

6/12/69 issue.

6/19/69 issue. "The Mod Scene, the Village's Newest Night Spot"--did they not realize how passe that term was by '69?

6/26/69 issue. "P-Wee...we feature soul food personafide."

Another one from 6/26/69.

7/3/69 issue.

7/31/69 issue.

8/14/69 issue. I'm most fascinated, however, with the Hines, Hines, & Dad ad--particularly with the opener, Thelma Houston, ages before "Don't Leave Me This Way."

8/21/69 issue.

8/28/69 issue.

9/4/69 issue.

9/28/69 issue.

10/2/69 issue.

10/16/69 issue.

11/13/69 issue.

11/27/69 issue.

12/4/69 issue.

12/11/69 issue.

12/25/69 issue.


Corry342 said...

Your research the last few weeks has been absolutely amazing. Its like reading the Dead Sea Scrolls (well, in a New York Rock and Roll kind of way).

Scaffold featured Paul McCartney's brother--I had no idea they ever played in America.

Signed D.C. said...

Yeah, Mike McGear! Finding that one was a revelation to me too.

I don't know if I'm breaking any new ground, but all this time-travel a helluva lot of fun...albeit very time-consuming as well! Sigh, if only the East Village Other were as readily available.