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Qual’era la colonna sonora dell’Hippie Trail?
L’Hippie Trail è legato a doppio filo con la storia della musica degli anni Sessanta e ai grandi concerti-evento che si sono svolti tra il 1967 e il 1970 tra Stati Uniti e Inghilterra:

  • il Festival di Monterey (California) dell’estate 1967;
  • il Festival dell’Isola di Wight (Canale della Manica, Gran Bretagna) che si svolse in tre edizioni dal 1968 al 1970;
  • il Festival di Woodstock (New York) dell’estate 1967.

Gli artisti che si sono esibiti in questi concerti hanno contribuito con le loro canzoni ad “ispirare” il viaggio e a comporre una ideale colonna sonora, che si apre doverosamente con “San Francisco – Be sure to wear a flower in your hair” di Scott McKenzie, vero e proprio inno della Summer of Love.

Un altro evento che ha segnato il legame tra l’Hippie Trail e la storia della musica è il famoso soggiorno in India dei Beatles nel 1968, quando i Fab Four si ritirarono per un periodo di meditazione presso l’ashram del guru Maharishi e scrissero gran parte delle canzoni del “White Album”.

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I Beatles in India

Se immaginiamo ai giorni nostri di comporre la propria colonna sonora di viaggio preferita da inserire nel nostro lettore musicale prima di partire, la scelta è veramente ampia e si rischia di dimenticare qualche “mostro sacro”.

Per comporre la nostra playlist possiamo appoggiarci come punto di partenza a:

  • l’indice del romanzo “Magic Bus”, che l’autore Rory Maclean ha strutturato in 31 capitoli, ciascuno dei quali intitolato come una canzone dell’epoca;
  • la raccolta “Magic Bus”, quella che fino all’avvento del digitale avremmo definito un triplo cd con 57 canzoni complessive;
  • la colonna sonora del celebre film Forrest Gump (che ricordiamo scopre di avere un figlio dalla ragazza hippie Jenny), anche questo un doppio cd con 32 grandi classici.

Various Artists – Magic Bus (Book)

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    1. I Get Around – The Beach Boys
    2. Hippie Hippie Shake – The Beatles
    3. The Times They are a-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
    4. I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
    5. Feelin’ Groovy – Simon and Garfunkel
    6. Light My Fire – The Doors
    7. Bend Me, Shape Me – The American Breed
    8. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
    9. Look What They’ve Done To My Song – Melanie Safka
    10. Turn Turn Turn – The Byrds
    11. Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
    12. The Dark Side of the Moon – The Pink Floyd
    13. Hooked on a Feeling – B. J. Thomas
    14. Get off of My Cloud – The Rolling Stones
    15. Take It Easy – The Eagles
    16. Aquarius – The Fifth Dimension
    17. What a Day for a Daydream – The Lovin’ Spoonful
    18. Eye of Destruction – Barry McGuire
    19. I Can Hear Music – The Beach Boys
    20. Games People Play – Joe South
    21. Gates of Eden – Bob Dylan
    22. Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
    23. Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
    24. Blackbird – The Beatles
    25. Revolution – The Beatles
    26. Ticket To Ride – The Beatles
    27. Flowers in the Rain – The Move
    28. While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
    29. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bob Dylan
    30. Kathmandu – Bob Seger
    31. The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles

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Various Artists – Magic Bus (CD)

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    1. Magic Bus – The Who
    2. Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds
    3. San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie
    4. Eve of Destruction – Barry McGuire
    5. Woodstock – Matthews Southern Comfort
    6. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
    7. The Weight – The Band
    8. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & the Papas
    9. Summer In the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
    10. A Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon & Garfunkel
    11. Alone Again Or – Love
    12. Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In – The 5th Dimension
    13. Green Tambourine – The Lemon Pipers
    14. The Rain, the Park and Other Things – The Cowsills
    15. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) – Harpers Bizarre
    16. Cherish – The Association
    17. King Midas In Reverse – The Hollies
    18. Neon Rainbow – The Box Tops
    19. Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan
    20. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Joan Baez
    21. Katmandu – Cat Stevens
    22. Sunshine Superman – Donovan
    23. Ruby Tuesday – Melanie
    24. If I Were a Carpenter – Tim Hardin
    25. Where Have All the Flowers Gone – Peter, Paul and Mary
    26. Both Sides Now – Judy Collins
    27. Me and Bobby Mcgee – Janis Joplin
    28. This Wheel’s On Fire – Brian Auger & the Trinity / Julie Driscoll
    29. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    30. Truckin’ – Grateful Dead
    31. Whipping Post – The Allman Brothers Band
    32. Hush – Deep Purple
    33. On the Road Again – Canned Heat
    34. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
    35. I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
    36. Hole In My Shoe – Traffic
    37. Flowers In the Rain – The Move
    38. Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
    39. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
    40. Race With the Devil – Gun
    41. In a Gadda Da Vida – Iron Butterfly
    42. Peaches en Regalia – Frank Zappa
    43. Incense and Peppermints – Strawberry Alarm Clock
    44. I’d Love to Change the World – Ten Years After
    45. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
    46. Black Magic Woman – Santana
    47. For Your Love – The Yardbirds
    48. Living In the Past – Jethro Tull
    49. Sympathy – Rare Bird
    50. Kites – Simon Dupree & the Big Sound
    51. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum
    52. Nights In White Satin – The Moody Blues
    53. Tiny Dancer – Elton John
    54. Something In the Air – Thunderclap Newman
    55. In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
    56. Fire – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
    57. Love Is All Around – The Troggs

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Various Artists – Forrest Gump OST

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    1. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
    2. Rebel Rouser – Duane Eddy
    3. (I Don’t Know Why) But I Do – Clarence “Frogman” Henry
    4. Walk Right In – The Rooftop Singers
    5. Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
    6. Blowin’ In The Wind – Joan Baez
    7. Fortunate Son – Creedence
    8. I Can’t help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
    9. Respect – Aretha Franklin
    10. Rainy day women – Bob Dylan
    11. Sloop John B – Beach Boys
    12. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and The Papas
    13. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
    14. What The World Needs Now Is Love – Jackie DeShannon
    15. Break On Through (To The Other Side) – The Doors
    16. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
    17. Volunteers – Jefferson Airplane
    18. Let’s Get Together – The Youngbloods
    19. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie
    20. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everithing There is A Season) – The Byrds
    21. Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In – The Fifth Dimension
    22. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Harry Nilsson
    23. Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
    24. Stoned Love – Supremes
    25. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – BJ Thomas
    26. Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man) – Randy Newman
    27. Sweet home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    28. It Keeps You Runnin’ – Doobie Brothers
    29. I’ve Got To Use My Imagination – Gladys Night & The Pips
    30. On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
    31. Against The Wind – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
    32. Forrest Gump Suite – Alan Silvestri

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