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Each day, Rich Terfry and Radio 2 Drive wraps up your day with music and stories about the interesting things going on in the world.

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Every week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. This week, Buffalo Springfield with "For What It's Worth."

When people think of Vietnam War protest songs, "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield is one of the first that comes to mind. But it's not about Vietnam at all. It's about Los Angeles.


Listen to Rich Terfry tell you the story behind Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth."

In LA, the Sunset Strip has always been the place to be. It where celebrities have always gone out to play and where young people have gone to cruise and hang out. Traffic along the strip was especially heavy on weekends in the mid sixties. Every Friday and Saturday night, young Angelenos would come from all over the city to walk and drive up and down Sunset Boulevard over and over again. Traffic was so bad in 1966 that residents and business owners in the area convinced the mayor's office to institute a curfew of 10:00pm. Young people perceived the measure as the persecution of music lovers and hippies. So on Saturday, November 12th, 1966, a grassroots protest was organized.

That night, kids in the thousands showed up to send a message that they wouldn't be scared away. Among them, celebrities like Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda. In response the city sent a large police force equipped with riot gear to the strip to disperse the crowds and make arrests. The scene erupted into a full-scale riot.

That night, Stephen Stills of the band Buffalo Springfield was driving around the city with a friend. When they came to an intersection on Sunset, Stills saw the chaotic scene, turned around and got away from the area as fast as he could. Police beating and rounding up kids was a deeply upsetting sight for him to see. As soon as he arrived back at home, he sat down and wrote "For What It's Worth".

When the song was finished, Stills didn't have a title for it. When he delivered a copy of the song to his record company, he said to an executive, "I have this song here, for what it's worth, if you want it." The executive thought Stills meant the song was called "For What It's Worth" and the name stuck.

Here's the song that was a top ten hit in 1967, Buffalo Springfield's best known song and one of the best-known protest songs ever recorded - here's "For What It's Worth."

 Here are some other great editions of Rear-view Mirror:

Bobbie Gentry - "Ode to Billie Joe"

The Beach Boys - "Never Learn Not to Love"

Johnny Cash - "Ring of Fire"

The Kinks - "You Really Got Me"

The Beatles - "Yesterday"

Al Green - "Let's Stay Together"

Simon and Garfunkel - "The Boxer"

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - "Tracks of my Tears"

Elvis Presley - "Heartbreak Hotel"

Bruce Cockburn - "Lovers In A Dangerous Time"

The Doors - "Light My Fire"

Bob Dylan & Jimi Hendrix - "All Along The Watchtower"

The Clash - "London Calling"

Phil Spector and the Ronnettes - "Be My Baby"

Os Mutantes - "Ando Meio Desligado"

The Diamonds - "Little Darlin"

Captain Beefheart - "Yellow Brick Road"

Elton John - "Bennie and the Jets"

Hank Williams - "Long Gone Lonesome Blues"

R.E.M. - "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"

Tom Waits - "Jockey Full of Bourbon"

Neil Diamond - "Sweet Caroline"

The Who - "Pinball Wizard"

Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"

Five Man Electrical Band - "Signs"

Band Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas"

John Lennon - "Imagine"

The Ugly Ducklings - "Nothin"

Bob Dylan - "Tangled Up In Blue"

The Beatles - "Norwegian Wood"

The Pursuit of Happiness - "I'm An Adult Now"

Bruce Springsteen - "Born To Run"

Arcade Fire - "Wake Up"

Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy"

Big Joe Turner - "Shake Rattle and Roll"

Martha and the Muffins - "Echo Beach"

Wilson Pickett - "In The Midnight Hour"

The Band - "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way"

The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"

Ian and Sylvia - "Four Strong Winds"

James Brown - "Please Please Please"

John Cougar Mellencamp - "Pink Houses'"

Leonard Cohen - "Suzanne"

The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"

Blue Rodeo - "Try"

The Guess Who - "American Woman"

U2 - "I Still Have't Found What I'm Looking For"

Janis Joplin - "Me and Bobby McGee"

Gordon Lightfoot - "If You Could Read My Mind"

The Byrds - "Eight Miles High"

Simon and Garfunkel - "The Sound of Silence"

Bill Haley and his Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"

The Velvet Underground - "I'm Waiting For The Man"

Johnny Cash - "Folsom Prison Blues"

Bobby Fuller - "I Fought The Law"

Big Star - "September Gurls"

The Hollies - "Bus Stop"

Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

Booker T and the MGs - "Green Onions"

Jimi Hendrix - "Hey Joe"

Neil Young - "Rockin' in the Free World"

Dolly Parton - "Jolene"

The Left Banke - "Walk Away Renee"

Lou Reed - "Walk On The Wild Side"

James Taylor - "Fire And Rain"

The Clash - "Should I Stay or Should I Go"

Marvin Gaye - "Sexual Healing"

Radiohead - "Paranoid Android"

M.I.A. - "Paper Planes"

The Animals - "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"

Dusty Springfield - "Son of a Preacher Man"

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - "I Put A Spell On You"

Cheap Trick - "Surrender"

Mott The Hoople - "All the Young Dudes"

Beach Boys - "Sloop John B"

Amy Winehouse - "Rehab"

New York Dolls - "Personality Crisis"

Modern Lovers - "Roadrunner"

George Jones - "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

Bruce Springsteen - "Born in the USA"

The Beatles - "With A Little Help From My Friends"

Rolling Stones - "Miss You"

The Coasters - "Run Red Run"

Elvis Costello - "Alison"

James Brown - "Hot (I Need to be loved loved loved)"

Inner Circle - "Tenement Yard"

Ray Charles - "I Don't Need No Doctor"

Curtis Mayfield - "Freddy's Dead"

Gang Starr - "Beyond Comprehension"

Bo Diddley - "Bo Diddley"

Aretha Franklin - "Rocksteady"

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Have You Ever Seen the Rain'

Howlin' Wolf - "Smokestack Lightning"

Bobby Womack - "Across 110th Street"

Roy Orbison - "In Dreams"

Foggy Hogtown Boys - "Man of Constant Sorrow"

Pink Floyd - "Wish You Were Here"

Neil Young - "Cortez The Killer"

Bob Dylan - "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

Little Eva - "Loco-Motion"

Elvis Costello - "Watching the Detectives"

Jimmy Cliff - "The Harder They Come"

The Verve - "Bittersweet Symphony"

Roberta Flack - "Killing Me Softly with his Song"

R.E.M. - "Radio Free Europe"

Radiohead - "No Surprises"

Led Zeppelin - "Ramble On"

Rolling Stones - "Beast of Burden"

Glen Campbell - "Wichita Lineman"

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