LOSE YOURSELF IN 1967
BLOW-UP, STROLL ON
Released in the UK in March, Blow-Up was director Michelangelo Antonioni’s first English language film, with David Hemmings as a photographer apparently based on real-life snapper, David Bailey. The film takes the viewer on a delightful meander around London, with a plot that centres on what the photographer might – or might not – have captured while taking photos in a park. The cast included Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, Jane Birkin and Peter Bowles, plus a club scene with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck of The Yardbirds exchanging riffs on a song credited as Stroll On, a version of Tiny Bradshaw’s 1950s blues song, Train Kept A’ Rollin’.
VICTORY IN EUROPE
The musical soundtrack of 1967 was certainly mixed, with the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles marking a spiked peak in the Fab Four’s psychedelic phase. Meanwhile Sandie Shaw sang her heart out at the Eurovision Song Contest to win with Puppet on a String. This was balanced by the appearance of Pink Floyd’s debut LP The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Floyd were one of the bands to appear at Barbeque 67 at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall, Spalding, Lincolnshire, alongside Cream, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix set his guitar on fire at the London Astoria, burning his hands in the process.
That’s quite some line-up for a pound in rural Lincolnshire.