rather rare records.

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a blog about “the 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. [Continue reading]

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let’s look at brian blomerth’s “bicycle day” (a book review)

BOOKS ABOUT LSD AND PSYCHEDELICS 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! [Continue reading]

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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. [Continue reading]

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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. [Continue reading]

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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. [Continue reading]