CBC Band Live at the Fillmore Far East, 1971

the woodstock transnational: poster for cbc band at the fillmore far east, 1971.

CBC Band poster, The Fillmore Far East, Saigon, Vietnam, 30 April 1971.
CBC Band poster, The Fillmore Far East, Saigon, Vietnam, 30 April 1971.

An amazing vintage poster from 1971 of the CBC Band, a group of Vietnamese siblings who became known as the Beatles of Vietnam during the later years of the American intervention in Southeast Asia (their story is told in The Republic of Rock‘s final chapter).

Through the sounds of rock music, the 1960s counterculture spread far and wide across the world, at once part of the circuit of American military and economic imperialism and yet not entirely one and the same as it. When groups such as CBC joined rock’s music and culture-making, they created an outpost deep in the Vietnam war zone of of what might be called not Woodstock Nation, but rather the Woodstock Transnational, a kind of stateless state of global participation and affiliation—a youth counterculture, sustained through sound and style, that stretched, in a symbolic sense, from the Fillmore West to the Fillmore East to the Fillmore Far East.

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