From Album: MonaLisa Twins play Beatles & more
Lyrics: For What It's Worth
Album Type: CD - 15 Tracks
Release Date: 28 Mar 2014
Performance, Engineering, Production and Album Design: MonaLisa Twins
Photos: Gerald Naber, www.nowayout.at
About the Song
"For What It's Worth" from the album "MonaLisa Twins play Beatles & more" was inspired by an event at the dawn of the psychedelic and counterculture eras in November 1966, the year during which "Buffalo Springfield" started playing as the house band at the "Whisky a Go Go" on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
Annoyed residents and business owners had encouraged the passage of strict curfew (10 pm) and loitering laws to reduce the traffic congestion resulting from crowds of young club patrons. This was subsequently perceived by young, local Rock 'n' Roll music fans as an infringement on their civil rights, and on Saturday, November 12, 1966, fliers were distributed along the Strip inviting people to demonstrate later that day.
Hours before the protest, one of LA's Rock 'n' Roll radio stations announced there would be a rally at "Pandora's Box", a club at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights, and cautioned people to tread carefully. "The Times" reported that as many as 1,000 youthful demonstrators, including such celebrities as Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda (who was afterward handcuffed by police), erupted in protest against the perceived repressive enforcement of these recently invoked curfew laws.
Though often mistaken for an anti-war song, it was this first of the "Sunset Strip riots" which inspired then Buffalo Springfield band member Stephen Stills to write "For What It’s Worth", recorded about three weeks after, on December 5, 1966.
"With regard to lots of conflicts that are still existing in our modern times, we find the meaning of this song still so highly relevant today that we added it to our repertoire."
Mona Wagner: Back Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Lisa Wagner: Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Live Recording & Mix: Rudolf Wagner