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By Jerry Burgan, Alan Rifkin

The sunrise of people rock involves existence in Jerry Burgan’s unforgettable memoir of the pre-psychedelic Nineteen Sixties and the summer time that modified every thing.

As a naïve folksinger from Pomona, California, Burgan used to be thrust to the leading edge of the counterculture and its aftermath. The Byrds, the Rolling Stones, the Mamas and Papas, Barry McGuire, Bo Diddley and so forth make appearances during this fiftieth Anniversary memory by means of the surviving cofounder of WE 5, the San Francisco electro-folk ensemble whose million-seller, "You have been On My Mind,” entered the area months earlier than Bob Dylan plugged in an electrical guitar on the Newport folks pageant. Vying with the Byrds to checklist the 1st folk-rock hit, Burgan and his lifelong pal Mike Stewart launched into a street they idea good paved through the latter's older brother, Kingston Trio member John Stewart. Little did they detect that they might subscribe to the largest-ever American new release in an ecstatic, occasionally tortured, trip of invention and disillusion.

Wounds to Bind bears witness to a misplaced and hopeful convergence in American history—that lacking hyperlink among the folks and rock eras—when Bob Dylan and Sammy Davis Jr. have been performed at the comparable radio station within the similar hour. A survivor of the human realignments, tragedies and triumphs that undefined, Burgan tracks down the demons that drove the genius of We 5 cofounder Mike Stewart and sheds gentle at the 40-year enigma of what grew to become of the band’s reclusive lead singer, Beverly Bivens, a forerunner of Grace Slick, Linda Ronstadt, and Stevie Nicks.

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13_514_Burgan. indb 19 3/6/14 11:13 AM Burgan assortment Debbie and Jerry, 1966, at a photograph shoot. Burgan assortment 1976 at domestic. Burgan assortment Burgan assortment With the band in 1973. Debbie in a chukar feather choker, 1981. 13_514_Burgan. indb 20 3/6/14 11:13 AM Stewart assortment This chart is a vintage instance of Michael Stewart’s artistic mind at work—but by no means with humor too faraway from brain. version for programming synthesizers and drum machines according to observations of the way the bass and the kick drum impression different musicians in real recording classes. From an editorial by way of Michael Stewart in digital Musician. Alec Palao assortment Michael “feeling” laid again on a yetiskin rug. Stewart assortment Burgan assortment 13_514_Burgan. indb 21 Jamie Stewart consists of on his father’s culture. 3/6/14 11:13 AM Burgan assortment Mike’s final We 5 express in 1981 at the Tomorrowland level with Tholow Chan and Rico Lozano. Burgan assortment Bob joins Jerry, Debbie, Terry Rangno, and Chris Burgan for a reunion express on the collage of San Francisco in 2005. 13_514_Burgan. indb 22 3/6/14 11:13 AM Burgan assortment Bev and Jerry’s final stopover at with Bob in March 2013. Stewart assortment Mike jamming in 1990. 13_514_Burgan. indb 23 Fullerton assortment Pete taking a holiday at the seashore in 2011. 3/6/14 11:13 AM Burgan assortment John Chambers, d. 1985. Stewart assortment Michael Gassen Stewart, d. 2002. Bruce Forrester Robert Paul Jones, d. 2013. 13_514_Burgan. indb 24 3/6/14 11:13 AM •  12 • advert after advert after advert Even regardless of Vietnam, the sunrise of folk-rock remained eco-friendly, as did Tri- dent’s desire to stick in its leading edge within the iciness of ’66. Already We 5 had develop into San Francisco’s highest-charting electrified band ever (a contrast we’d carry till Creedence Clearwater arrived in ’69). And an identical new collision of kinds which may make the band’s playlist occasionally get somewhat airy and formless had the both strong strength, via hovering people vocals and mountaintop idealism, to probably harmonize every thing. you'll pay attention it within the Seekers’ “Georgy woman” as without difficulty as “You have been On My Mind,” the emerging spirit, the world-uniting effervescence. Madison street heard it, too. “Coca-Cola referred to as. they need us to do a rock spot! ” Werber greeted us one afternoon on the door of his workplace. To my reminiscence, in basic terms Beverly appeared overtly apprehensive. Werber used to be ebullient. “It’s simply the beginning,” he went on. “I’m gonna make you men greater than the Kingston Trio. ” McCann-Erickson have been commissioning youth-market radio advertisements for Coke when you consider that as early as 1963—sung and performed by way of every person from the Limeliters to the Supremes, Jay and the american citizens, the Moody Blues, Jan and Dean, Roy Orbison, puppy Clark, and Ray Charles. In six extra months, after all, such partnerships will be deemed promoting out. however the hip metamorphosis hadn’t occurred but. In 1966, successful advertisement nonetheless provided, if something, extra endurance than did successful track. The Andy Williams version for leisure good fortune had now not crumbled, and Werber, in place to make San Francisco floor 0 of the folk-rock revolution, was firm to funnel the longer term via that prior.

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