His song is one of the enduring anthems of the turbulent 1960s, a soulful call to action awash in a psychedelic wave of sound.
It has appeared in more than 100 movies and TV shows, even a multimillion-seller video game, and has been covered by artists from Sheryl Crow to Joan Jett to The Ramones.
So, decades later, what does Lester Chambers have to show for “Time Has Come Today”?
So little that, early this year, the 72-year-old found himself posting a photo online. In it, he held a poster declaring that he was living on Social Security and charity, having gone nearly 30 years before seeing his first, paltry royalty check.
The poster was taped to one of his gold records.
“It’s been a long journey,” said Chambers, who said he never blew his money on drugs or booze like so many artists before and after. “I have not understood what happened yet and how it happened.”
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