Contents 1 Background 2 Production 3 Legacy 4 Covers and sampling 5 References 6 External links


Background[edit] Although "For What It's Worth" is often seen as an anti-war song, Stephen Stills was in fact inspired to write the track because of the Sunset Strip curfew riots in November 1966—a series of early counterculture-era clashes that took place between police and young people on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California, beginning in mid-1966, the same year Buffalo Springfield had become the house band at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.[7] Local residents and businesses had become annoyed by how crowds of young people going to clubs and music venues along the Strip had caused late-night traffic congestion. In response, they lobbied the city to pass local ordinances stopping loitering, and enforced a strict curfew on the Strip after 10pm. The young music fans, however, felt the new laws infringed upon their civil rights.[8] On Saturday, November 12, 1966, fliers were distributed on the Sunset Strip inviting people to join demonstrations later that day. Several of Los Angeles' rock radio stations also announced a rally outside the Pandora's Box club on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights. That evening, as many as 1,000 young demonstrators, including future celebrities such as Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda (who was handcuffed by police) gathered to protest against the curfew's enforcement. Although the rallies began peacefully, trouble eventually broke out. The unrest continued the next night, and periodically throughout the rest of November and December, forcing some clubs to shut down within weeks.[8] It was against the background of these civil disturbances that Stills recorded "For What It's Worth" on December 5, 1966.


Production[edit] Stills said in an interview that the name of the song came about when he presented it to the record company executive Ahmet Ertegun (who signed Buffalo Springfield to the Atlantic Records-owned ATCO label). Stills said: "I have this song here, for what it's worth, if you want it."[6] Another producer, Charlie Greene, claims that Stills first said the above line to him, but credits Ahmet Ertegun with giving the single the parenthetical subtitle "Stop, Hey What's That Sound" in order that the song would be more easily recognized.[6][9] The song was recorded on December 5, 1966 at Columbia Studios, Hollywood. Tom Dowd claims he mixed the song at Atlantic's studio in New York, though this has been disputed.[10] Dowd did take part in the production of Cher's version of the song in 1969.[11]. The song is distinguished with the use of the "guitar harmonics" technique and sound.


Legacy[edit] "For What It's Worth" quickly became a well-known protest song.[12] In 2006, when interviewed on Tom Kent's radio show Into the '70s, Stills pointed out that many people think the song is about the Kent State shootings of 1970, even though its release predates that event by over three years.[13] Neil Young—Stills' bandmate in both Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY)—would later write "Ohio" in response to the events at Kent State; CSNY included a version of "For What It's Worth", its lyrics modified to reflect the Kent State shootings, on their 1971 live album "4 Way Street". An all-star version of "For What It's Worth" with Tom Petty and others, was played at Buffalo Springfield's induction by Petty to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997; Young did not attend.[14]


Covers and sampling[edit] "For What It's Worth" has been covered, sampled, and referenced in numerous musical performances. Versions include those by The Staple Singers (US#66 in 1967), Cher, Oui 3, Queensrÿche (on their album Take Cover), and Public Enemy. Cher's 1969 cover did not enter the Billboard Hot 100; AllMusic retrospectively called her version "mature [and] forceful".[15] David Cassidy recorded an extended live version for his 1974 album Cassidy Live! (Bell Records, UK #9; recorded live in Great Britain in May 1974). The track features extensive and complex lead-guitar solos by Cassidy himself. The album received rave reviews. Critic Dave Thompson wrote for Allmusic, "Recorded live on his 1974 world tour, at the height (and, though nobody knew it, in the final days) of Cassidy-mania, Cassidy Live is a peculiar document, on the one hand standing as an indication of just how fierce the hysteria around the lad was, but, on the other, living proof of what a sensational showman he was; as evidenced by tracks like 'For What It's Worth'." He concluded, "Rock history has sidelined Cassidy with a finality that seems almost personal, shovelling him up a teen idol side street from which the only escape was retirement and resignation. Cassidy Live, however, was recorded while he still thought he had a chance of advancing -- and few period live albums come even close to capturing its excitement."[15] The hip-hop group Public Enemy sampled "For What It's Worth" on their 1998 song "He Got Game", which also featured Stephen Stills.[16] Oui 3 adapted the song for their 1993 debut single of the same name, which reached number 26 in the UK chart.[17][18] In 2017, Haley Reinhart released a cover of the song as the third single from her third studio album, What's That Sound?[19]


References[edit] ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Great Moments in Folk Rock: Lists of Author Favorites". Richieunterberger.com. Retrieved 2011-01-26.  ^ Fontenot, Robert. "What is Country Rock?". ThoughtCo. About.com. Retrieved March 12, 2017.  ^ Jim DeRogatis (1996). Kaleidoscope Eyes: Psychedelic Rock from the '60s to the '90s. Carol Publishing Group. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-8065-1788-9. Retrieved 13 October 2015.  ^ Google Books archive Billboard March 25, 1967 retrieved 25 March 2017 ^ "Acclaimed Music Top 3000 songs". Acclaimed Music. 27 May 2009.  ^ a b c David Browne (November 11, 2016). "'For What It's Worth': Inside Buffalo Springfield's Classic Protest Song". Rolling Stone.  ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 34 – Revolt of the Fat Angel: American musicians respond to the British invaders. [Part 2] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.  ^ a b "Sunset Strip Riots | Closing of club ignited the 'Sunset Strip riots'". Los Angeles Times. 2007-08-05. Retrieved 2012-01-16.  ^ Einarson, John; Furay, Richie (2004). For What It's Worth: The Story of Buffalo Springfield. Taylor Trade Publications. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-8154-1281-6.  ^ Jimmy McDonough (2003). Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. Random House. p. 201.  ^ "Top 20 Pop Spotlight Cher - For What It's Worth". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 16 Aug 1969.  ^ Lustig, Jay (18 February 2011). "Song of the Day: 'Rock 'n' Roll Woman,' Buffalo Springfield". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 19 February 2011.  ^ Stevenson, Tommy (20 October 2010). "'Days of Rage' conference revisits unrest of May 1970". Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 19 February 2011.  ^ "CSN, Jackson 5 Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". Rolling Stone. 8 May 1997. Retrieved 19 February 2011.  ^ a b Mark Deming. "3614 Jackson Highway - Cher | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-30.  ^ Locker, Melissa (2012-11-05). ""He Got Game" | Public Enemy at 25 | TIME.com". Entertainment.time.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.  ^ "Oui 3". Blair Booth Music. Retrieved 6 April 2016.  ^ "Oui 3". Official Charts. Retrieved 6 April 2016.  ^ "EXCLUSIVE! Haley Reinhart Covering The '60s Classic For What It's Worth Is As Chilling As Our Current Political Climate! Listen!". PerezHilton. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 


External links[edit] Reasontorock analysis of song Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics v t e Buffalo Springfield Richie Furay Dewey Martin Jim Messina Stephen Stills Neil Young Bruce Palmer Studio albums Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Again Last Time Around Compilations and box sets Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield (compilation album) Buffalo Springfield (box set) Songs "For What It's Worth" "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" "Mr. Soul" "Broken Arrow" "Expecting to Fly" Related artists The Au Go Go Singers The Mynah Birds Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young The Stills-Young Band Poco Manassas Crazy Horse Loggins and Messina Poco v t e Cher singles 1960s "All I Really Want to Do" "Where Do You Go" "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" "Alfie" "I Feel Something in the Air" "Sunny" "Hey Joe" "You Better Sit Down Kids" "For What It's Worth" 1970s "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" "The Way of Love" "Living in a House Divided" "Don't Hide Your Love" "Am I Blue" "Half-Breed" "Dark Lady" "Train of Thought" "Take Me Home" "Wasn't It Good" "Hell on Wheels" 1980s "Rudy" "I Paralyze" "I Found Someone" "We All Sleep Alone" "Skin Deep" "Main Man" "After All" "If I Could Turn Back Time" "Just Like Jesse James" 1990s "Heart of Stone" "You Wouldn't Know Love" "Baby I'm Yours" "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" "Love and Understanding" "Save Up All Your Tears" "Love Hurts" "Could've Been You" "When Lovers Become Strangers" "Oh No Not My Baby" "Whenever You're Near" "Many Rivers to Cross" "Walking in Memphis" "One by One" "Not Enough Love in the World" "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" "Paradise Is Here" "Believe" "Strong Enough" "All or Nothing" "Dov'è l'amore" 2000s "The Music's No Good Without You" "Song for the Lonely" "Alive Again" "A Different Kind of Love Song" "When the Money's Gone" "Love One Another" 2010s "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" "Woman's World" "I Hope You Find It" "Take It Like a Man" "I Walk Alone" Guest singles "A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)" "Dead Ringer for Love" "I Got You Babe" "It Ain't Necessarily So" "Love Can Build a Bridge" "Più che puoi" "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" Book Category Portal v t e Haley Reinhart Discography Videography Songs Studio albums Listen Up! (2012) Better (2016) What's That Sound? (2017) EPs American Idol Season 10 Highlights: Haley Reinhart (2011) Songs "Baby, It's Cold Outside" "Free" "Can't Help Falling in Love" "Better" Concert tours American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011 Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=For_What_It%27s_Worth&oldid=825869990" Categories: 1966 songs1967 singles1969 singlesAtco Records singlesBuffalo Springfield songsCher songsCounterculture of the 1960sGrammy Hall of Fame Award recipientsProtest songsSongs about CaliforniaSongs written by Stephen StillsSong recordings produced by Arif MardinSong recordings produced by Tom DowdSong recordings produced by Jerry WexlerHidden categories: Articles with hAudio microformats


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