Some Places – Then and Now


Some places past have had a considerable effect on the music scene.
We all probably know the whens and wheres before.
But how are they now?
Inspired by Mike’s thread on Manila in the 70’s, I decided to do a little research on some of these places and here are few of what I discovered.

Woodstock Then
Probably, the most significant concert in rock history, Woodstock was the site that
quartered 400,000+ people for three days of “peace and music”.
What was initially conceptualized as a concert for an audience 20,000, mutated to an affair that held traffic for miles on end to the point that some scheduled performers just couldn’t make it to the site.
Artists who performed at Woodstock are now symbols and legends of rock.

Woodstock Now
A memorial slab lies on the actual site of the exposition.


Fillmore East Then
Considered the “church of rock and roll”, Bill Graham’s Fillmore East was home of famous concerts by Doors, Cream, Allman Bros, Hendrix etc..
Any rocker worth his salt would have had probably performed here.

Fillmore East Now
This corner of 2nd and 6th in NY is now a Ukranian bank.
Bill Graham must be turning in his grave.


Haight-Ashbury (San Fransisco) Then
A lot of Bay Area bands took residence here in the 60s- early 70’s ( Jerry Garcia and the Dead were at 710 Haight St.). Bands like Jeff Airplane, Santana, It’s A Beautiful Day, were mainstays here. I remember taking a stroll back in ’69 and was just amazed at all the “hippies” around. It was like stepping into another world with all the bohemian shops selling everything from records to rolling paper. I got me a pair of gold rimmed, yellow lensed “John Lennon” shades.

Haight-Ashbury (San Fransisco) Now
The place is presently experiencing a rebirth with the influx of a new middle class.
A Ben & Jerry’s sits on the corner although a few of the older shops are still there to serve as reminders of what it used to be.
The “freaks” are gone though.


Abbey Road Then
This picture was taken just outside the Abbey Road Studios during one of the recording sessions. Since this was the Fab 4’s last album, the significance of this place is of the essence so much so that this zebra crossing is now considered a historical icon.

Abbey Road Now
You can still find Abbey Road Studios here. It is now one of the most technically advanced recording venues at present.
The zebra striped crossing is still there too and is one of the more popular tourist attractions. Hundreds of people come here everyday (much to the annoyance of this upscale neighborhood) to have their picture taken ala Beatles.


DZRJ Tower Then
Home of the “Rock of Manila”, the famous tower was the venue of many local rock concerts then. If memory serves me right, I think the concerts at the RJ tower were the precursors to the “Battle of the Bands”.
And of course, this is also home to the RJ rockjocks who also had a band of their own and performed once in a while at the tower.

Of course the significance of the RJ tower to our nation;s history was when it lent itself as “Radyo Bandido” during those crucial days of the EDSA revolt.

DZRJ Tower Now
Was asking around for any info regarding the situation/status of the tower, Couldn’t get any definite answers so I decided to swing by Sta. Mesa this morning. The tower still stands majestically (with its 360 degree view of the metro) over the area.
But according to the guard of the bldg, the place is abandoned

As I was taking this picture, couldn’t help but feel a certain poignancy as this grand dame that used to rule the rock waves now sits silently into oblivion.


Philippine Audio Then
Not really a place but . . .
Pictured below is the Audiolite, the official gazette of the Philippine Audio Society.
Some WS members were part of the editorial staff and contributors. Senor Sensible (Lito G.) was head honcho editor, Jadis (Phlip C), Dafos (Jerry A), Bomalabs (Gerry L) were regular contributors to the gazette. As co-editor with Lito, we tried to come up with reviews (although almost always positive) of the latest gear available.

Now since this was pre electronic media technology, this 8- page monthly publication
reviewed an average of only 3 to 4 models per issue.

For about a decade starting around 2004, was an influential shaper of Philippine audio. The November HiFi Show saw its beginnings thru this forum.


Philippine Audio Now
Need I say more?  😉


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