Project Description

Photographing the Musicians of the Sixties:

From Pete Seeger to Pete Townshend the appeal of musicians of the Sixties was that they played from a very deep, very personal, very poetic part of themselves. They tried to express the essence of themselves through their music. Musicians had always tried to express this essence, of course. But in the Sixties they consciously looked for it and went beyond the norms of society to develop a new form of music created as a participatory experience for the audience…

They did not simply perform, but interacted with the audience, inviting them to dance, to change their life-styles, to become part of a large family of like-minded beings. The concert space became a communal space for an evening.

If the Sixties generation wanted to change the world, the musicians such as the Beatles, The Who, Procol Harum, Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Jefferson Airplane, The Fugs. Arlo Guthrie, Eric Clapton, Pete Seeger, Richie Havens and Joan Baez were viewed as the leaders. We confused their art with their personalities. As artists they had discovered how to tap into the essence of the time, how to utilize masses of energy to move people and communicate their feelings. In so doing they created a powerful transformative experience for a culture in the midst of an evolutionary elevation of awareness.” Other musicians in this gallery of images include: Albert King, Doc Watson, Taj Mahal, Newport Folk Festival, Linda Rondstadt, Grace Slick, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Buffy St. Marie, the Kaleidoscope Band, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, The United States of America band, Melanie, Mimi Farina, Elton John, The Who, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Ed Sanders, Tuli Kupferberg, Albert Ayler, Laura Nyro, Ornette Coleman, Denardo Coleman, Keith Moon, Roger Daltry, Keith Townshend, John Entwistle, and others.

The photographs in this website are presented in a Gallery format. Most of them can be specially ordered as prints by contacting Elliott. Some of them are listed in our E shop. Because we wanted this to be primarily a photo experience, not a shopping experience, we did not clutter up the interface with purchase links.