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looking at the foresight of “wild in the streets” fifty years later

“DON’T TRUST ANYONE OVER 30!” That was one of the mottos the coun­ter­cul­tural as­pect of the so-called “youth move­ment” 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 then. [Read more] “looking at the foresight of “wild in the streets” fifty years later”

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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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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. [Read more] “the sixties’ hope for a more enlightened tomorrow”

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

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. [Read more] “getting windy with john and lew at the tell it like it was a-go-go”

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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”). [Read more] “john wayne and “the green berets” as pentagon propaganda”

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