Avándaro: the black hole of the mexican rock
| The music
Music clubhapeau Melon, in Mexico City
a multitude of rock clubs exist in all the cities and towns of
Mexico, while in the 60s in Mexico City, there were so-called
"Cafés cantantes" where you could listen to
live music. They were places where the groups worked, where some
played covers in Spanish, and others played covers in English
and some of their own compositions.
They only drank soda and coffee, no alcohol, but in general terms,
the public was square enough.
Chamonix, Sótano, Schiafarelo, Pao Pao, Millet, Colo Colo,
Ribbeau, La Faceta, Ula Ula, Queen Novick, Up D Lup, La Rana
Sabia, La Telaraña, Punto y Fuga, El Coyote, El Ego, Memphis,
Chaquiris, La Rue, Yeah Yeah, la Cigarra, La Fusa, Lovel, Barrio
Latino, Dar es Salam, Ariel, Rosseli, Trip, Harlem, A Plein Soleil,
Le Chapeau Melon and the Walrus and la Tortuga in Naucalpan,
were the heroic "Cafés cantantes" that resisted
Ernesto P. Uruchurtu, the Regent of Iron (in the picture) and
other authorities that followed him.
Ernesto P. Uruchurtu, regent of Mexico
Terrazza Casino poster
Money extortions from the owners,
police roundups of the young, and the abuse to the musicians
were some of the causes of the closings.
It is necessary to clarify
that Uruchurtu not only shut down the coffee houses, but also
destroyed the nightlife of Mexico City, a problem that continues
to this day in great measure.
Some places booked rock bands,
like the Champagne to Go Go, Los Globos and the Terrazza Casino,
where Javier Batiz was the master of ceremonies, and even hotel
bars and discos like the Veranda, La Pinta, la Jirafa, the 2+2
And of course, la Pistahielo
Insurgentes, home of the Dug Dug's and many other groups of that
period, attracted large crowds of youngsters, although the acoustics
were not the best.
And later, there was Armando Blanco's Hip 70 store, where you
could listen to music and buy records, books, posters, and musical
instruments, including Indian sitars.
The rest of the republic followed
a different beat, with Acapulco being the great exception for
the many locals, where the Tiberios and Tequila a Go Go were
the main places. Later on, the atmosphere will be described in
Guadalajara City and Mexico City in 1973, as well as an analysis
of the movement in the City of Tijuana.