After Avándaro: the black hole of the mexican rock
 The music clubs  

Music clubhapeau Melon, in Mexico City in 1968
 Today, 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.
Ruser, 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 City

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 others.


 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.