getting windy with john and lew at the tell it like it was a-go-go

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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

to endlessly tell it like it was

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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

far out, man, just “tell it like it was”

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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

frank mccarthy and the art of the movie poster

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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

john wayne and “the green berets” as pentagon propaganda

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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

todd alcott’s repurposed quotes and old images *

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OPEN CULTURE bills it­self as “the best free cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional media on the web.” They have re­cently pub­lished two pages where artist Todd Al­cott uses his com­puter and his love for old mag­a­zines and pa­per­backs to create “new’ cover de­signs that look like old mag­a­zines and pa­per­backs.

The point of this ar­ticle is to turn you on to Open Cul­ture and es­pe­cially to Al­cott’s fab­u­lous im­ages. READ MORE

the true story of how austin became the liberal hotspot of texas *

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AUSTIN IS NOTORIOUS among Texas cities for being so damn lib­eral. This state of af­fairs has baf­fled many people over the years and one of them asked this ques­tion on Quora: What caused Austin, TX to be more lib­eral than the rest of Texas?” The common-sense an­swer is the in­flux of ed­u­cated stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas in Austin. READ MORE

we all had a crush on janet munro and hayley mills

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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.

His most re­cent post is ti­tled “How She Was Made” and ad­dresses a re­cent in­ter­view that Hayley Mills did with film critic Leonard Maltin. READ MORE

ssgt barry sadler and the ballad of the green berets (plus a few dominoes)

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ON JANUARY 29, 1966, one of the strangest hit records in pop­ular music made its debut on the Cash Box Top 100. It wasn’t the strongest day for new sin­gles de­buting on that survey: the week’s highest-charting new entry was the Dave Clark 5’s At The Scene (#58). It was a solid, if un­ex­cep­tional, side by the group that had been the Bea­tles’ strongest com­pe­ti­tion on the Amer­ican charts during the British In­va­sion of 1964-1965. READ MORE