Poster and Art Prints Gallery
A Tribute to the Whiskey
TRIBUTE TO THE
Broadcast From the Whisky
of the Whisky
As long as there has been a Los Angeles rock scene, there
has been the Whisky A Go-Go.
An anchor on the Sunset Strip since it's opening in 1964,
the Whisky A Go-Go has played host to rock 'n' roll's most important
from the Doors, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin to today's up and coming
(Most of our Concert Posters in this Gallery are
from the Whiskey and the Saville in London.
Whisky a Go Go
is a nightclub in West Hollywood, California, at 8901 Sunset Boulevard
on the Sunset Strip. It has been called the first real American discothèque.
In Paris, a slightly differently named Whisky à Go-Go opened
It was opened January 11, 1964, at the site of an old bank building
that had been remodeled into a short-lived club called the Party, by
a former Chicago policeman, Elmer Valentine. Valentine's partners were
lawyer Theodore F. Flier, former press agent Shelly Davis, and Phil
Though the club was billed as a discothèque, meaning only recordings
with no bands, the Whisky a Go Go opened with a live band led by Johnny
Rivers and a short-skirted female DJ spinning records between sets from
a suspended cage at the right of the stage. When the DJ danced during
Rivers' set, the audience thought it was part of the act and the concept
of Go-Go dancers in cages was born. Rivers rode the Whisky-born "go-go"
craze to national fame with records recorded partly "live at the
Whisky." The Miracles recorded the song "Going to a Go-Go"
in 1966 (which was covered in 1982 by The Rolling Stones), and Whisky
a Go Go franchises sprang up all over the country.
the Whisky was one of the centers of the Sunset Strip police riots.
The club was harassed repeatedly by the City of Los Angeles, which once
ordered that the name be changed, claiming "whisky" was a
bad influence. It was the "Whisk?" for a while.
Arguably, the rock and roll scene in Los Angeles was born when the Whisky
started operation. From rock to punk to heavy metal, the club stood
at the forefront of many musical trends.
The Whisky played an important role in many musical careers, especially
for bands based in Southern California. The Byrds, Alice Cooper, Buffalo
Springfield and Love were regulars, and The Doors were the house band
for a while -- until the debut of the "Oedipal Section" of
The End got them fired.
Van Morrison's band Them had a two-week residency in June, 1966, with
The Doors as the opening act. On the last night they all jammed together
on Gloria . Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention got their record contract
based on a performance at the Whisky. Jimi Hendrix came by to jam when
Sam & Dave headlined.
Otis Redding recorded his album In Person at the Whiskey a Go Go there
in 1966. The Turtles performed there when their newest (and biggest-selling)
single "Happy Together" was becoming a hit, only to lose their
new bassist, Chip Douglas (who had arranged the song), to the Monkees;
guitarist Michael Nesmith invited him to become their producer. (He
returned to the Turtles a year later, to produce them.).Neil Diamond
also played at the Whisky on occasion.
Hoffman's character 'Benjamin' can be seen running out of The Whisky
in the 1967 film The Graduate.
Many British performers made their first headlining performances in
the area at the Whisky, including The Kinks, The Who, Cream, Led Zeppelin,
Roxy Music and Oasis. The Whisky was a focus of the emerging New Wave
and punk rock movements in the late 1970s, and frequently presented
local acts as diverse as The Germs (which recorded its first album there),
The Runaways, X, Mötley Crüe and Van Halen while playing host
to early performances by the Ramones,The Dictators, The Misfits, Blondie,
Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, XTC and The Jam.
The Whisky fell on hard times once the first flush of punk rock lost
steam, and closed its doors in 1982. It reopened in 1986 as a "four-wall",
a venue that could be rented by promoters and bands. Although a few
booths remain on the perimeter, the interior has mostly been transformed
into a bare, seatless space where the audience is forced to stand throughout
the performances. A few sets of tables and chairs remain in the upstairs
area, but these are often roped off as a "VIP" section, reserved
for special guests of the bands, record executives, etc. Against this
new economic backdrop, a number of hard rock and metal bands, including
Guns N' Roses and Metallica, rose to prominence in the 1980s.
During the early 1990s, the Whisky hosted a number of Seattle-based
musicians who would later be dubbed "the godfathers of grunge",
including Soundgarden, Nirvana, Mudhoney, The Melvins, and 7 Year Bitch.
After re-uniting in early 2007,
The Police held a live webcast of a rehearsal at the Whisky
on February 12, 2007 that was broadcast on
from 2pm to 3pm EST.
No more spending all day in the fitting rooms and walking out unhappy.
Artists were on hand to create your very own fashion statement, tailored
Every day your wardrobe could change, as your clothes dissolved with a
washcloth and bar of soap.
A forerunner of the tattoo, body paint allowed you to share your message
and joy with the world.
While body paint would never take the place of clothes in conservative
painting became an exciting accessory to already psychedelic fashions.
All of this various and sundry painting led to an interesting practical
Nudity will get you arrested for indecent exposure, but what if you had
a dress or suit painted on?
Is that still considered nudity?
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