a blog about the sixties (because they didn’t just end with the ’60s)

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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

stranded on a desert island with paul mccartney and endless electricity

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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

I just began a new publication all about elvis on medium

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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. READ MORE

check out bleeding heart liberal petitions on facebook

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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. READ MORE

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

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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 Jimi Hen­drix Ex­pe­ri­ence’s recording 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? READ MORE

looking at the foresight of “wild in the streets” fifty years later

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“DON’T TRUST ANYONE OVER 30!” That was one of the mottos we had in the ’60s and it was pro­vided by Jerry Rubin. When he made that state­ment in 1967, there is a good chance that he knew ex­actly the kind of ef­fect that it would have. But he might not have had a clue that it would also have an ef­fect on non-political movers and shakers in Hol­ly­wood. READ MORE

a look at 101 swinging chicks of the swinging ’60s

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AT CHRISTMAS A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO, I met my sister’s boyfriend, who was two gen­er­a­tions younger than I. Not un­der­standing what his tastes in any­thing were ex­cept that he liked good-looking women, my present to him was a book, Swingin’ Chicks Of The ’60s. It’s a col­lec­tion of photos and bi­ographies of 101 women fa­mous for their beauty decades ago. READ MORE

in advance of lew shiner’s “outside the gates of eden”

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ONCE AN ALIENATED, overly cre­ative teenage misfit, Lew Shiner has been a crit­i­cally suc­cessful writer for more than thirty years. His novel Glimpses won the World Fan­tasy Award in 1994 for Best Novel. He has also been one of my fa­vorite writers since I was turned on to his novels twenty-some years ago. Paul Williams told me that Glimpses was the best rock & roll novel he’d ever read. READ MORE

the sixties’ hope for a more enlightened tomorrow

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I FOUND THIS DISCUSSION about as­pects of The Six­ties in the com­ments sec­tion in an ar­ticle ti­tled “How we made: Dono­van’s Sun­shine Su­perman” by Dave Simpson for The Guardian (May 2, 2016). There are many par­tic­i­pants in the back-and-forth con­ver­sa­tions in the thread, but I will focus on just two com­menters, Bar­bKay and Katch33.

The com­ments cover a wide range of topics—from how adorable Donovan was to Shawn Phillips’ con­tri­bu­tions to the Sun­shine Su­perman album to how adorable Donovan was—but I glommed onto the ob­ser­va­tions of Katch33, par­tic­u­larly the two para­graphs below that begin with, “Nev­er­the­less, I’m left with an un­re­solved mix of con­fu­sion.” READ MORE