Vintage Video: Steppenwolf (1969)

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Only drummer Jerry Edmonton is really playing in this June 1969 video of Steppenwolf “performing” their 1968 hit, “Born To Be Wild” (click here) on the pop music showcase program Beat-Club. The show aired from 1965 to 1972 on Germany’s national TV. “Born To Be Wild” revs up the start of the cult movie, Easy Rider and is widely credited for introducing the term “heavy metal,” even though the lyrics suggest it’s an homage to biking on the open road as opposed to the soon-to-be-introduced splinter of hard rock (“I like smoke and lightning/Heavy metal thunder/Racin’ with the wind/And the feelin’ that I’m under…”). Steppenwolf is in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.


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