Recorded & released in December, 1966 by Buffalo Springfield, Stephen Still's iconic song is largely misinterpreted. Assumed by many to be a protest song fueled by the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's, the song's origin is from a much smaller and local uprising.
Stills wrote the song in response to imposed curfews on the Sunset Strip. The numerous "night/music" clubs on the strip, including the famous Whiskey a Go Go, (where Buffalo Springfield had become the house band) had been attracting large amounts of the local youth, and the local businesses and residents had started to become increasingly annoyed. The actual closing of one of the clubs, Pandora's Box, resulted in a staged "funeral" for the club, and close to 1,000 demonstrators took part. The "event" eventually turned into a small scale riot, resulting in clashes with law enforcement, and the arrest of numerous protestors. - http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3035
Some other quick facts about the song:
"For What It's Worth" would eventually be covered by such diverse acts as, Cher, The Staples Singers (I'd love to hear that version), Ann Wilson of Heart, Ozzy Osbourne, and drumroll please.. Sergio Mendez & Brazil '66 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_What_It's_Worth_(Buffalo_Springfield_song)
It's very easy and tempting to draw parallels between the assumed origin of "For What's It's Worth", and our current political / social climate, but I'll resist, and leave that to you if you so desire.
The Martytoon Newsletter
The Thoughts, Designs & Process of Marty Qatani aka MartyToons.
Hi and welcome to the first blog post / newsletter of the all new revamped MartyToons website. Where to start ? I suppose a quick intro is in order for those of you who may be unfamiliar with me and what I do. I'm a cartoonist / character designer/ humorous illustrator. That sounds like a lengthy title, but none of those by themselves seems appropriate enough by themselves to describe what I do.
If I call myself a cartoonist, people tend to think I create a comic strip.... not true. If I call myself just a character designer, it seems a little limiting to me. I like to think I do a little bit more... make people think... wake people up, help someone remember a happy thought.... maybe even put a smile on people's faces.... hopefully. Calling myself just a humorous illustrator, just doesn't seem to have any "punch", "pizzazz", "sparkle"... you get the picture. I do like the sound of "Creator of Visual Enhancements for Artistically Challenged and Cartooning Impaired." It has a pretty cool ring to me, but it's a little hard to fit on a business card and still look cool.
What can you expect here ? How's a little doodle sound ? A little peek into what goes on in my working process and maybe even in my thought process ? That's my plan... I hope you enjoy. So let me dig into my archive, maybe shed a little light on happened and then invite you to comment. Sounds good ? Good... then lets get to it.
This is an early sketch of one of my favorite designs I'm working on. It's inspired by one of my favorite music artists, Cat Stevens, who know goes by the name of Yusuf Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens . Check him out if you get the chance and are a fan of 70's "Soft" Rock, and especially if you're a fan of songs about being positive, hopefullness, and becoming a little wiser.
Music is playing more and more a part in my designs. I love many styles of music and I always have it playing in my studio while I'm creating. Alot of times I let the music direct what I'm going to sketch when I intentionally sit down to sketch, sometimes I'm not planning on sketching at all, but I hear a song and an image will just pop into my head, and I have to get it down on paper. I believe that's what happened here, but to be honest, I came up with this sketch several years ago, and I can't remember the exact circumstances that gave birth to this.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it. Got any questions ? Feel free to comment below.