After Avándaro: the black hole of the mexican rock 

Avandaro's festival poster


Without a doubt, the history of Mexican rock of the 1970s is more salted than a fish. In the first place, the dates on which Avandaro took place, the 11th and 12th of September of 1971, coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec, in which six military students threw themselves from Chapultepec Castle to their deaths, instead of surrendering to an attempted invasion by the US Army (deleted from history textbooks in that time and later made legendary in complementary books). September 11 coincided later on with the coup d'etat of Chile in 1973, compared now with Allende's fall and the ascent to the power of the authorized dementia of Pinochet, which practically made it taboo for the left to celebrate the anniversary of a rock concert.

The biggest blow was September 11, 2001, with the terrorist attacks against the cities of New York and Washington, and the whole sequel of war and fear.

But Mexican rock can be compared to a missing person of the régime of Mexican President Luis Echeverría Alvarez, due to its politics against the youth in general and of Mexican rock in particular.

Why this statement?

Entrance to the town of Avándaro, state of Mexico

Any transport was good
In any party where veterans of the galactic wars gather, those who were golden youth in those times and and are now of mature age, ask for "La Plaga," "Popotitos," "Pólvora," "Hiedra Venenosa" and other songs of the so-called "golden years of rock and roll." But on the other hand, nobody requests "Nasty Sex," "Latin Feeling," "For Losing You," "Viva Zapata," "Avándaro," "Coming Home," "Back," "Bajo el Signo de Acuario," "No Te Voy a Rogar," "Easy Woman" or "Caminata Cerebral" to be played.
Los Locos del Ritmo, los Rebeldes del Rock, Hooligans, Teen Tops, and even the Apson Boys, Rocking Devils, Belmonts, Yaki and Hitters are very well-known. But very few people remember Peace and Love, Love Army, Bandido, La Tribu, 39.4, Tinta Blanca, The Spiders, Dug Dug's or even more obsucre groups like Hardy Phlox or the Hangar Ambulante (great groups that never recorded albums).

A ticket to ride...
There are survivors of those times, such as the heroic Javier Batiz, Baby Batiz, Rafael Acosta, Fito de la Parra, Armando Nava and La Borrega of the Dug Dug's) Lalo and Ricardo Toral, Guillermo Briseño and Kiko Rodríguez of Bandido, now in the band Old Days, and others. And in some way, we all must create some kind of history to understand what happened.