About three busloads of Los Angeles police showed up, who looked very much like storm troopers. Rolling Stone. Some occupied university buildings, some lay siege to the Pentagon, and a few even planted bombs and schemed crazily of global revolution. This gentle call would have fallen flat had it not struck a chord with something building within the hearts of America's young people.
The LAPD had tried to enforce the curfew laws by shutting down a handful of hangouts frequented by teens and people in their early twenties, so a local radio station called for a rally to protest.
Read what the LA Times had to say about the incident here. Some blamed a car of off-duty marines for inciting the violence after they became involved in a car accident, but whatever the spark, kids were soon smashing windows and rocking cars.For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
A piercing guitar pleads for our attention while a quiet voice tells us to wake up and look around. And by the end of the year, they had released the single that would become their signature piece and one of the great anthems of the 1960s: Ozzy Osbourne turned it into a grim stomper, Lucinda Williams into a ghostly ballad, Kid Rock into a classic-rock homage, Rush into a swirling soundscape, Led Zeppelin in live bootlegs into languid blues. I'm Still Here!
Yet equally striking was its sound: The group was aware that they were missing a crucial piece of their band, though: Stills and Young had met a year earlier in Ontario, and they were hoping to reconnect in Los Angeles. Tork became a Monkee, and Stills became a rock legend. They know the song.
Over the next few years, however, all hell broke loose. This line might not have stirred such a response if the political climate was not as turbulent as it was. Stills has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: Their set included —you guessed it—"For What It's Worth.
Stills actually wrote the song—in only fifteen minutes, he claims—about the "Sunset Strip Riots" that were a reaction to the closing of a popular LA nightspot, Pandora's Box, and to the curfews imposed on the area to deter young people from loitering outside of clubs and bars.
About a thousand young people showed up and milled about at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights until fighting broke out.
Neil Young. I always think of the ride with my dad.
Logging out... By 1968, Phil Ochs knew the answers to the questions that Stills had raised; they were "written in the ashes of the village towns we burn.
Richie Furay went on to form country rock band Poco, and Jim Messina, who played bass for Buffalo Springfield after Bruce Palmer was deported to Canada after being charged with drug possession, went on to a successful career as well, most notably as a part of the soft rock duo Loggins and Messina with Kenny Loggins.