“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
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
I STUMBLED AROUND the Internet looking for the name of the artist who did the poster for the 1968 movie The Green Berets. I found the Dangerous Minds website which not only identified the artist as Frank McCarthy, but had an entire page devoted to his art: “The Kick-Ass Poster Art Of Frank McCarthy” by Paul Gallagher includes four dozen pieces of art by McCarthy! READ MORE
WHEN THE SINGLE The Ballad Of The Green Berets was released in January 1966, I was 14-years-old (“one hundred men will test today”). Being a good, patriotic American lad, I went out and bought it on the same trip to the record store that I picked up the Byrds’ latest record, Set You Free This Time / It Won’t Be Wrong (“but only three win the green beret”). READ MORE
THE ROUND PLACE IN THE MIDDLE is a website devoted to several topics, one of which is movies—mostly older movies. Blog host/chief-cook-and-bottle-washer John Ross seems to love every kind of movie ever made and writes eloquently and enthusiastically about them. His articles and reviews regularly have me borrowing DVDs from the library.
SELECTING TEN NOVELS that sum up the era we refer to as “the Sixties” would be a task worthy of a minor Greek demi-deity. And by the Sixties, I am referring to the whole peace-love-do-your-own-thing counterculture: pot and acid and consciousness expansion and free love—lots and lots of free love—and rock & roll and Zap Comix and you know the rest. READ MORE