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]

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I just began a new publication all about elvis on medium

WE LAUNCHED our new pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Jan­uary 1, 2019. The ar­ti­cles within ad­dress pop­ular music, pri­marily rock & roll from the ’60s. “We” are John Ross (my fa­vorite music blogger), Lew Shiner (my fa­vorite nov­elist), and my­self. We love the music (and the books and the movies and the styles and the girls girls girls) of that era. [Continue reading]

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check out bleeding heart liberal petitions on facebook

I HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE ti­tled Bleeding Heart Lib­eral Pe­ti­tions. Most days, I re­ceive a slew of emails with pe­ti­tions for var­ious causes such as saving an en­dan­gered species, urging my rep­re­sen­ta­tives in state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment to vote for or against a par­tic­ular bill, protest an in­jus­tice, etc. I read them all, sign most of them, and add a few to the Face­book page. [Continue reading]

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if you’re not a psychonaut, then what are you?

THIS ARTICLE STARTED AS A JOKE‚ but will serve as a brief in­tro­duc­tion to psy­cho­nau­tics for the non-experienced. I use the word “ex­pe­ri­enced” here in its Hen­drixian meaning—meaning, I am re­fer­ring to the Jimi Hen­drix Ex­pe­ri­ence’s recording of “Are You Ex­pe­ri­enced?” from their 1967 album of the same title.

The singer asks the person in the song—along with the lis­tener of the recording—this ques­tion: “Are you ex­pe­ri­enced? [Continue reading]