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
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
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
COMING SOON TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU! The Tell It Like It Was A-Go-Go featuring Trini Lopez, Johnny Rivers, and Billy Lee Riley! Yeah, that’s a joke for those of us old enough to remember the live albums from those artists recorded at the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Los Angeles. But that’s not what this post is about.
For the past few months, I have been involved in a rather large project with two other writers, John Ross and Lew Shiner. READ MORE
MY ATTENTION remains focused on Tell It Like It Was, my new publication on Medium. And Tell It Like It Was remains focused on music—mostly music of the ’60s but we will get into the rock & roll and rhythm & blues before and after that decade eventually.
In the past week, Lew Shiner and John Ross published pieces on drummers: Lew with “Jack Sperling, King of the Big-Band Drummers” and John with “Give the Drummers Some!” READ MORE
MY APOLOGIES for neglecting regular readers of my blogs for the past few months. Fortunately, there is a good reason for this that has nothing to do with those silly rumors circulated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a progressive commune in Vermont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. Sigh, as enticing as that sounds, there’s work yet to be done. READ MORE
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
I ENTERED COLLEGE in September 1969. Nixon had been in office less than a year and the war in Vietnam was ongoing. The draft was also ongoing but I had a student deferment. I was, of course, opposed to the war and made my opinion and feelings known whenever opportunity allowed. Such as in my choice of attire.
My standard dress included a pair of Lee’s boot-cut jeans ($2.99 at the Army-Navy Store) and black shirts. READ MORE