PRINT January 2005


psychedelic posters

WE ARE IN A LUXURIOUS VILLA somewhere in the Los Angeles hills, the home of Terry Valentine, a rock-music producer of a certain age now involved in a panoply of dubious schemes. Our man stands facing a bathroom mirror, inspecting his teeth. His young mistress, lying in the tub, points at a framed poster for a Santana concert at the Fillmore West that hangs on the wall and, after waxing lyrical over its colors, says, “It must have been a time, huh? A golden moment.” Valentine responds, “Have you ever dreamed about a place you never really recalled being to before? A place that maybe only exists in your imagination. Some place far away, half remembered when you wake up. When you were there, though, you knew the language. . . . That was the ’60s. No, it wasn’t that either. It was just ’66 and early ’67. That’s all there was.”

This scene from Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey (1999), featuring

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