1969 – Famous Ash Grove, Los Angeles (home of Canned Heat and Taj Mahal) burns to the ground.
The Ash Grove was a folk music club in Los Angeles, founded in 1958 by Ed Pearl and named after the Welsh folk song, “The Ash Grove.”
In its short fifteen years, the Ash Grove forever altered the music scene in Los Angeles and helped many artists find a West Coast audience. Bob Dylan recalled that, “I’d seen posters of folk shows at the Ash Grove and used to dream about playing there….” He did.
The club was a locus of interaction between older folk legends, such as Mississippi John Hurt, Son House and Muddy Waters, and young artists that produced the ‘Sixties music revolution. Among those Pearl brought to the Ash Grove were Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, June Carter, Johnny Cash, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Johnny Otis, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Ian and Sylvia, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGee, The New Lost City Ramblers, The Weavers, The Greenbriar Boys, Lightning Hopkins, Barbara Dane, Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie, Mance Lipscomb, Guy and Candie Carawan, John Jacob Niles, Bukka White and Kris Kristofferson.