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November 28, 2012 8:08 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Since I’m in San Francisco and still trying to get to Monterey, here’s Quicksilver Messenger Service performing “Dino’s Song” at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • divF on November 28, 2012 10:26 AM:

    Be careful out there - the winds on the coast between SF and Monterey are expected to gust up to 50-60 MPH.

  • ninja3000 on November 28, 2012 11:14 AM:

    Ooh, Quicksilver! Have another hit!

  • T2 on November 28, 2012 11:43 AM:

    Quicksilver.....one of my favorite live bands....so amazing that one of it's two guitar players' AMPLIFIER and speakers were put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  • Quaker in a Basement on November 28, 2012 12:20 PM:

    What? You didn't have any Moby Grape? No Cat Mother and the Allnight Newsboys?

  • Repack Rider on November 28, 2012 12:59 PM:

    I knew those guys pretty well. I was the roadie for another SF band, theSons of Champlin. We worked though the same management company (West Pole), and practiced in the same facility. The Sons shared the bill with Quicksilver on many occasions.

    i also worked on shows with the Dead, Airplane, Steve Miller, Byrds, Creedence, Santana, The Band, etc. etc.

    Even did one with Cat Mother at the Family dog on the Great Highway.

  • gaardvark on November 28, 2012 1:32 PM:

    In the mid 70s, when I was still in high school and growing up in the Bay Area, Bill Graham used to have Thursday night showcase shows at Winterland auditorium. The tickets were cheap, around $5 if I recall correctly, and some great bands where highlighted. One of those was post-Quicksilver John Cipollina's band. There was almost no one in the 5000 seat Winterland, maybe 500 people, and it was one of the best performances I've ever seen. And since I later worked for BGP, I've seen a few shows.

    These showcase events were great and well worth the 35 mile drive from Dublin to go see.

  • ldemelis on November 28, 2012 1:46 PM:

    Thanks for this. Isn't it amazing how skinny everyone is? if you're looking for documentary evidence on the growth of obesity in this country, here it is.

  • sick-n-effin-tired on November 28, 2012 2:59 PM:

    ldemelis We were also young .....must have something to do with getting old.
    Damn I got grey hair and bags and sags where I didn't used to.

  • bluestatedon on November 28, 2012 5:14 PM:

    Saw QMS at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor in October '71. I don't remember all that much about the concert other than it was very, very loud. I'm sure that the illegal substances I made use of that night are at least partially responsible for my hazy memories. That and being almost 60.

  • G.Kerby on November 29, 2012 2:14 AM:

    Oh god, pride of man ... When I lived in the Bay Area in the 80s, I'd often catch Cippolina playing with Nick Gravenites in North Beach. Those sets never disappointed.