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Barry McGuire is best known for his big hit Eve Of Destruction -- written by special
guest P.F. Sloan -- and, before that, Green Green (with The New Christy Minstrels).
Barry's returning for his 7th AMSD show with his rollicking musical memoir called
Trippin' The Sixties, with a twist (hey, wasn't The Twist from the Fifties?): After Barry
does a couple of songs to open the show, P.F. Sloan will join Barry (and ex-Byrd John
York) on-stage for the rest of the night.
Call it "Trippin' The Sixties....on steroids!"
Barry says "The show will have a few of our normal songs, but P.F. will be doing several
of his with us backing him, like 'Secret Agent Man, 'Let Me Be', 'Where Were You
When I Needed You' and a new song for me, 'Try to Remember'.”
Interspersed between songs, McGuire and Sloan will regale you with tales of the times they spent with super-star musical friends such as The
Mamas & The Papas, John Sebastian, The Byrds and many others. If you've come to see Trippin' before, you already know how great a
story-teller and entertainer Barry is.
"Also", Barry writes, "P.F. will be telling stories from his perspective on what was happening behind the scenes during those years." Trust
me, as is the case with Barry's stories, those are stories you'll definitely want to hear!
In performances all over the world, Trippin' The Sixties has elicited cheers and tears, sing-alongs and standing ovations -- as it has each time
Barry & John have played at AMSD. To have an icon such as P.F. Sloan -- who's played at AMSD three times before -- join in is almost too
good to be true.
Join us for another trip back to the days of the best music of our lives -- tie-dye clothing optional -- when we go......Trippin' The Sixties.
P.F. Sloan's compositions include:
- "Summer Means Fun" -- Bruce & Terry / The Fantastic Baggys / Jan & Dean (1966)
- "Eve of Destruction" -- Barry McGuire / P.F. Sloan / The Grass Roots (1966) / The Turtles (1970)
- "Let Me Be" -- The Turtles / P.F. Sloan (1966)
- "Take Me For What I'm Worth" -- The Searchers / P.F. Sloan
- "Child of Our Times" -- Barry McGuire
- "Sins of a Family" -- P.F. Sloan
- "A Must to Avoid" -- Herman's Hermits
- "You Baby" -- The Turtles / The Grass Roots / The Mamas and the Papas
- "Where Were You When I Needed You" -- The Grass Roots / Herman's Hermits
- "Secret Agent Man" -- Johnny Rivers / Mel Torme / The Ventures / Devo (1979) / Blues Traveler (1995)
- Click HERE for a terrific Wall Street Journal story on McGuire and Sloan's reunion -- 50 years (!!!) after the release of Eve Of
Destruction. You'll also find a link to a video of Barry singing Eve on Hullabaloo -- with an introduction by.............JERRY LEWIS!
- Click HERE for another new article, following the recent terrorist attacks and murders in France, reflecting on the sad fact that Eve Of
Destruction not only remains topical 50 years after it was written, but will almost certainly continue to do so forever.
Who are the great songwriters in America today? Not the most popular....Not the richest....Simply the greats.
Ask any student of the form, and Janis Ian will be counted among them. She's the writer of “Jesse”, a song
recorded by so many others that few remember Ian wrote it; “Stars”, possibly the best song ever written about
the life of a performer, recorded by artists as diverse as Mel Torme and Cher; and the seminal “At Seventeen”,
a song that brought her five Grammy nominations (the most any solo female artist had ever garnered) in 1975,
and which is now reaching its third generation of listeners.
And, of course, none of that addresses her first huge hit, "Society's Child", written at the ripe old age of 15!
Ian is a formidable talent, a force of nature. Ella Fitzgerald called her “The best young singer in America”.
Chet Atkins said “Singer? You ought to hear that girl play guitar; she gives me a run for my money!”
Reviewers have called her live performances “overwhelming to the spirit and soul”, and “drenched with such
passion, the audience feels they’ve been swept up in a hurricane.” Not to mention her short stories, her songs
for film and television… and oh, yes....she also runs a foundation, named for her mother, that works with
various universities and colleges to supply scholarships for returning students.
The glowing reviews come as no surprise to Ian’s loyal fan base, who give her website a stunning quarter
million hits per year – even though she hasn’t had a top twenty record in three decades.
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