Today was the first day of the Monterey Pop Festival, at which The Beatles did not appear, though there had been rumors that they would. They did not even attend, although Paul McCartney was on the Festival’s board of governors, and he and John had collaborated on the above poster.

Other notables who had been invited but failed to appear for one reason or another included the Beach Boys, Captain Beefheart, Cream, Donovan, Bob Dylan, the Kinks, Love, the Mothers of Invention, and the Rolling Stones. (Among those not invited were the Monkees and the Doors.) It’s somewhat shocking to consider What Might Have Been, given that even without all those big names, Monterey Pop was a historic event remembered to this day.

As at many festivals, Friday was really just a warmup; the real heavy hitters were reserved for Saturday and Sunday. Had it been a one-day festival featuring The Association, Lou Rawls, Johnny Rivers, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and Simon & Garfunkel, I probably would not be writing about it now.

Also today, Life magazine ran an interview with Paul in which, for the first time, he publicly admitted having taken LSD. In fact, according to, he was the first British pop star to do so.

After I took it, it opened my eyes. We only use one-tenth of our brain. Just think what we could accomplish if we could only tap that hidden part. It would mean a whole new world.

Which reminds me, I’ve been thinking lately it would be a really good idea if someone dosed the president. I think a good eye-opening experience would be beneficial for him, and by extension the rest of us. Who’s going to step up and make it happen?

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