Having lived through the rebellious years, Rock and Roll may mean more to me than those who missed the 50’s & early 60’s. Life in the United States began changing by the mid 60’s. We were locked in a Cold War with the Soviet Union and Vietnam became a war which starting taking young men from an idyllic life to the harsh reality of war and death.
It is this period in my life which brought a profound change in how I viewed the world. Music and life was much different that Christmas eve when I landed back in San Francisco. No longer was life as simple as hanging out with the guys, drinking beer and listening to rock and roll. Drugs became a part of every party and while “I” refused drugs, it did not stop the evolution from simplicity and naivete to anti-Americanism with it’s ugly edge.