When I was in college I worked part time at the Cafe Au Go-Go. I never got paid-- nor did much real work-- but I was booking lots of the bands that pl
April 3, 2008

When I was in college I worked part time at the Cafe Au Go-Go. I never got paid-- nor did much real work-- but I was booking lots of the bands that played there at my college on Long Island, sharing the expense of bringing them from England or California to New York. And I got all the free banana splits I wanted as part of the bargain. One band that played there all the time was Jesse Colin Young's band, The Youngbloods. I saw them a dozen times and liked them a lot. I especially liked 4 in the Morning" and Darkness Darkness". I booked them at Stony Brook right after their big song, Dino Valenti's "Get Together," started to chart (1968). It made the news more recently when Clear Channel banned it after 9/11... for reasons no one has ever figured out. Anyone have any idea why? Anyway tonight's version goes out to... oh, you know who.

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