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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.  [Continue reading]

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the sixties’ hope for a more enlightened tomorrow

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. [Continue reading]

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john wayne and “the green berets” as pentagon propaganda

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”). [Continue reading]

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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. [Continue reading]

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is the novel catch-22 representative of the sixties?

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. [Continue reading]

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on bernie boston’s iconic “flower power” photograph of 1967

LOOK AT THIS PHOTO! Is there an image any­where that says “The Six­ties” better than a longishly-haired young man peace­fully placing a flower in the barrel of a bay­o­neted rifle pointing in his di­rec­tion? This photo was taken in 1967 when few males out­side of the Haight-Ashbury sec­tion of San Fran­cisco had grown their hair very long. [Continue reading]

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a blog about “the sixties”

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. [Continue reading]