Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Timeline for 1968: A Year That Shattered America

Movements that had been building along the primary fault lines of the 1960s—the Vietnam War, the Cold War, civil rights, human rights, youth culture—exploded with force in 1968. 

The aftershocks registered both in America and abroad for decades afterward

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Classic Rock Has Turned Into a Film Noir Nightmare, Writer Contends

The 1995 death of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia was a shock to me, but no surprise. He was 53 and made a good run, I thought back then, considering his hard living.
Dying at 53 is not a good run. Whether heart attack or heroin, that’s a bad run.
Garcia went early. Now with Prince, Petty, Bowie, Allman and more, final appearances by Classic Rock’s once-large midnight gang are speeding up. Their peers see the Facebook tributes; let’s not talk falsely now, they know the hour’s getting late.
Steven Hyden’s reflective Twilight of the Gods considers the end of Classic Rock’s artists in their human, living representation. In maybe 25 years, he writes, the legends will likely have departed—the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Garcia’s bandmates. Their live concerts will end much sooner.
In 2015, the Grateful Dead gave their fans a definitive send-off, the five-show concert series “Fare Thee Well.” Goodbye on their terms, 20 years after the end of the Dead’s Garcia-era version.
As Joel Selvin with Pamela Turley explores in Fare Thee Well, Garcia’s death left the Dead’s survivors—Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Phil Lesh—to confront a future without Garcia for their satellites to orbit. For the next 20 years, they dealt with confusion, betrayals, and reconciliations—the ups and downs that being alive requires.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How the Monterey Pop Festival Changed Rock Music

While there's no denying the Woodstock festival's epochal place in the narrative of rock 'n' roll, the Monterey Pop Festival is the one that really altered the way pop culture worked from then on out. 

In 1967, Monterey Pop represented a beginning for the hippie dream, and two years later, Woodstock ended up being more of a glorious elegy for the waning Aquarian era.
The first real rock festival, the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival in Marin County, actually occurred a week before Monterey on June 10-11, 1967, with an equally impressive lineup. But it was the three-day Monterey fest -- which kicked off on June 16 -- that really caught the public's imagination and became a catalyst for the rise of "underground" youth culture even as it definitively established rock as a medium worthy of adult treatment. 

At the same time, it served notice that the counterculture constituted a mass audience that could spell big money for the music biz on an unprecedented level. The 1968 documentary of the festival had more than a little to do with the mainstreaming of that notion.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Major Scoops, Controversies of Storied Reporter

The British press baron Lord North­cliffe, who bought ink by the barrel and hated to waste any of it, once summarized the meaning and mission of journalism in 13 words: “News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.” No journalist has taken those words to heart more passionately than Seymour Myron Hersh.
Hersh burst onto the national scene in November 1969 with a searing exposé of the mass murder of Vietnamese civilians by a company of American soldiers in the village of My Lai. 
He went on to produce groundbreaking articles revealing the CIA’s massive and illegal domestic spying on U.S. citizens, its abortive assassination plot against Fidel Castro, President Richard Nixon’s secret bombing of Cambodia and complicity in the overthrow and killing of Chilean President Salvador Allende.
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