Listening to ’71 tonight, that rough-hewn and frenetic whipsaw of a year. Everything was changing and, for the only time in its history, there weren’t enough people in the band.

They closed down the Fillmore, starting on 4/25/71 with the legendary Dollar-and-a-quarter routine from Pig in the middle of a Good Lovin that defies you to believe that the song started its existence as a bubble-gum song.

This is what Phil looked like:

phil 71 sg

 

And then they closed down the Sacred Store.