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]
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]
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]
“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. [Continue reading]
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. [Continue reading]