1/3/18: Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound)”

From 1966 to 1968, Buffalo Springfield was at the top of the game. Stephen Stills and Neil Young are household names today thanks to their early success as members of Buffalo Springfield, and the band itself marked the beginning of the folk rock genre. Blending psychedelia, country and folks music, and rock together with a pinch of British Invasion flair, Buffalo Springfield was the perfect product of their time and place – and no song shows that better than “For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound).”

Written as a direct response to the Sunset Strip curfew riots and early stirrings of the counterculture movement that would eventually engulf the late ’60s, the song saw massive chart success and has seen constant covers, samples and re-interpretations ever since. It was first played when Buffalo Springfield was the house band at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in California. As crowds of young people attended concerts and clubs on the Strip late into the night, local residents and businesses began to petition for local ordinances that would make loitering illegal and enforce a 10 p.m. curfew. The reaction to this potential infringement on personal liberty and civil rights was peaceful protests that turned into riots when police response became violent.

Buffalo Springfield broke up after some members got arrested and others left, but their legacy continued with Stills in Crosby, Stills & Nash and Neil Young’s solo career. Of course, their songs are timeless, and the entire group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.


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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November,  the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!

The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!

Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!

Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!

You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!

School of Rock Grand Opening

AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!

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