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on the joys of listening to complete albums versus single tracks

LORD KNOWS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR on the in­ternet that I stum­bled over “You Should Listen to CDs” on the Wired web­site. The ar­ticle was sub­ti­tled, “If vinyl is for hip­sters and streaming is for everyone else, maybe the for­gotten format is for you.” This only makes sense to younger readers, not us old-timers. [Read more] “on the joys of listening to complete albums versus single tracks”

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stranded on a desert island with paul mccartney and endless electricity

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] “stranded on a desert island with paul mccartney and endless electricity”

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

AT CHRISTMAS A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO, I met my sister’s boyfriend Mark, who was two gen­er­a­tions younger than I was. 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] “a look at 101 swinging chicks of the swinging ’60s”

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

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.  [Read more] “in advance of lew shiner’s “outside the gates of eden””

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

ON JAN­UARY 29, 1966, one of the strangest hit records in pop­ular music made its debut on the Cash Box Top 100 chart. It was a simple, folk-like song that sounded like it should have been played over the closing credits of a movie, not played round-the-clock on Top 40 radio sta­tions across the country. [Read more] “ssgt barry sadler and the ballad of the green berets (plus a few dominoes)”

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