rather rare records.

introduction to the endless sixties

THIS IS A CON­CEPT SITE—and anyone who was into rock in the ’60s or is a record col­lector now knows some­thing about ‘con­cept albums’—whose pur­pose is to present ar­ti­cles, es­says, and pic­to­rials about “the Six­ties,” ac­cen­tu­ating the pos­i­tive about the people, music, books, movies, art, and events that oc­curred then and which live on in fact or spirit decades later. [Read more] “introduction to the endless sixties”

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it’s never too late to feed your head test

THERE ARE HIT RECORDS that were “im­por­tant” simply be­cause they were hit records. The pop charts have been filled with such records: en­joy­able fare but es­sen­tially con­fec­tion. This is not con­de­scending, as a pop record is al­most by de­f­i­n­i­tion a few min­utes of en­ter­tain­ment to dis­tract us from the less en­joy­able as­pects of our lives. [Read more] “it’s never too late to feed your head test”

can I get a degree at psychedelic u?

THIS IS NOT A “REAL” AR­TICLE and I am not of­fering ad­vice from my decades of ex­pe­ri­ence with psy­che­delics. This ar­ticle is about Psy­che­delic U, which pur­ports to offer “a starting point for those new to psy­che­delics and for ex­pe­ri­enced psy­cho­nauts alike.” Psy­che­delic U is a project of the Lucid News website.  [Read more] “can I get a degree at psychedelic u?”

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wally wood’s “heroes inc” and the fluctuating value of collectibles

IT WAS A COMIC BOOK CON­VEN­TION, fifty years ago. It was a hotel in New York—probably Phil Seul­ing’s Comic Art Convention—but it could have been in Bal­ti­more. There I paid top dollar for a copy of the first issue of Wally Wood’s ‘He­roes Inc’ and then ex­pe­ri­enced first­hand the fluc­tu­ating value of collectibles. [Read more] “wally wood’s “heroes inc” and the fluctuating value of collectibles”

important: do you receive email notifications from this blog?

IF YOU ARE A SUB­SCRIBER TO THIS BLOG (The End­less Six­ties) and you do not re­ceive up­dates and other no­ti­fi­ca­tions via email from this blog, listen up! It ap­pears that I ini­tially mis­un­der­stood quite a few things in set­ting this blog up, in­cluding the sub­scrip­tion process and how emails are sent to subscribers. [Read more] “important: do you receive email notifications from this blog?”

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look at brian blomerth’s “bicycle day”

BOOKS ABOUT PSY­CHE­DELICS, es­pe­cially LSD, al­ways turn me on—even the bad ones (of which there are a few). Re­cently, I bor­rowed sev­eral books of re­cent vin­tage from the li­brary. Most of them were normal books with lots of words but few il­lus­tra­tions. Then there was Brian Blom­erth’s Bi­cycle Day, a de­light­fully col­orful pic­ture book! [Read more] “look at brian blomerth’s “bicycle day””

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on the joys of listening to complete albums versus single tracks

LORD KNOWS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR on the in­ternet that I stum­bled over “You Should Listen to CDs” on the Wired web­site. The ar­ticle was sub­ti­tled, “If vinyl is for hip­sters and streaming is for everyone else, maybe the for­gotten format is for you.” This only makes sense to younger readers, not us old-timers. [Read more] “on the joys of listening to complete albums versus single tracks”

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a little personal background information

WHEN RE­QUIRED TO POST A PRO­FILE on the in­ternet, I usu­ally write, “Mys­tical lib­eral likes long walks alone at night in the dark in the city in the rain with an um­brella and a flask of 10-year-old Laphroaig.” While this bit of irony works for some readers, others want a little more in terms of per­sonal back­ground information. [Read more] “a little personal background information”

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stranded on a desert island with paul mccartney and endless electricity

LAST YEAR THE QUES­TION of “Why was Paul the most suc­cessful out of all the Bea­tles?” turned up on Quora. Of course, I chimed in with an an­swer. But be­fore I post that here, I want my readers to un­der­stand a few things: For the pe­riod 1963-1969—you know, when he was a member of a band called the Beatles—I con­sider Paul Mc­Cartney to be the most cre­ative bass player in pop music along with being one of the best song­writers and singers. [Read more] “stranded on a desert island with paul mccartney and endless electricity”