Monthly Archives: August 2022

“God Only Knows” / “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” – The Beach Boys (1966)

“‘God Only Knows’ is a song by American rock band the Beach Boys from their 1966 album Pet Sounds. Written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher, it is a Baroque-style love song distinguished for its harmonic innovation and its subversion … Continue reading

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Howard Zinn Carried Out an Act of Radical Diplomacy in the Middle of the Vietnam War

Howard Zinn (left) and Daniel Berrigan (right) in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February 1968. “A ‘rare act in the great madness of this war’ was how forty-five-year-old historian Howard Zinn described North Vietnam’s decision to release three American pilots during the … Continue reading

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Mel’s Drive-In Protest 1963

“By the 1960s, San Francisco’s widespread racist employment patterns ushered in a series of social protest movements led by the city’s progressives aimed at promoting equal rights and job opportunities for African American residents of the city. The Civil Rights … Continue reading

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Steve Reich – Drumming / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ / Six Pianos (1974)

“Six Pianos is a minimalist piece for six pianos by the American composer Steve Reich. It was completed in March 1973. He also composed a variation for six marimbas, called Six Marimbas, in 1986. The world première performance of Six … Continue reading

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Alex Katz Is Still Perfecting His Craft

Alex Katz, photographed in his New York City studio on June 16, 2022. “Entering Alex Katz’s home and studio, on the block in New York’s SoHo neighborhood where he has lived and worked since 1968, is like stepping directly into … Continue reading

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Bill Berkson (1939–2016)

1990 “‘We do not respond often, really,’ Frank O’Hara once noted. ‘And when we do, it is as if a flashbulb went off.’ No stranger to bright lights, Bill Berkson—O’Hara’s protégé, collaborator, and traveling companion—quoted the elder poet’s line in … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin – Illuminations: Essays and Reflections (1969)

“Walter Benjamin, who died by his own hand in 1990, was born in 1892 to an upper‐class Jewish family in Berlin. Hy studied in various universities but was essentially a private student, very learned but with a curiosity that stretched … Continue reading

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Xá Lợi Pagoda raids

“The Xá Lợi Pagoda raids were a series of synchronized attacks on various Buddhist pagodas in the major cities of South Vietnam shortly after midnight on 21 August 1963. The raids were executed by the Army of the Republic of … Continue reading

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What Mother Country Radicals Misses About the Weather Underground

Weatherman organization leader John Jacobs (football helmet, center) “… In 1969, a militant faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) borrowed this line from Bob Dylan’s song ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ for the title of a manifesto they read at … Continue reading

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AMM, seen here ca. 1960s, played its final concert last month in London. “The British Improvising Group AMM has had an impact as mysterious as it is evident on the world of experimental music. Formed in the mid-’60s by what … Continue reading

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