Design by – Bonnie MacLean
Venue – The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
Dates – May 12th – 14th 1967
Performances From –
The Paupers were a psychedelic rock and folk band from Canada, who recorded and released two studio albums and appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival during the relatively short period of 3 years of their career.
The band’s line-up consisted of four members: Skip Prokop (Drums), Denny Gerrard (Bass), Chuck Beal (Guitars), and Bill Marion (Guitars/Vocals).
The Paupers’ sound is often described as and compared to that of the mixture of the Byrds, Lovin’ Spoonful and the Blues Project. The band’s determination to rehearse for 14 hours a day is what made them ‘one of the tightest bands around’ in the mid-1960s in their hometown Toronto.
There is a travelling rumour that once the audience booed the Jefferson Airplane off the stage because what they really wanted to hear and see was The Paupers performing their set (more on Jefferson Airplane, see Fillmore Poster Series #15). We do not know if to believe it or not, but we definitely recommend you listen to the band’s truly outstanding debut album, Magic People (1967):
Shortly after the album was released, the band was set to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. However, this would be the beginning of the end for the psychedelic rock quartet from the North. Marios from Rockasteria writes: ‘Everything that could go wrong for them did. Band members took doses of acid that were way too strong and had equipment/sound check problems.’ Internal disagreements followed, and even though the band managed to release another LP, Ellis Island, there was no future for them after that.