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Neil Young – Neil Young (1968)

“On his songs for Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young had demonstrated an eclecticism that ranged from the rock of ‘Mr. Soul’ to the complicated, multi-part arrangement of ‘Broken Arrow.’ On his debut solo album, he continued to work with composer/arranger Jack … Continue reading

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The Futurological Congress – Stanislaw Lem (1971)

“Polish writer Stanislaw Lem published a stimulating dystopia where feelings of human beings will be manipulated in the future. The book The Futurological Congress (1971) depicts a scenario in the throes of a massive population explosion that results in an … Continue reading

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The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets

A group photo containing some members of the New York School poets. John Ashbery (standing right), Frank O’Hara (seated left), Kenneth Koch (seated right). Frank O’Hara’s loft, 1964. “When John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O’Hara, and James Schuyler (pronounced ‘SKY-luh’) … Continue reading

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Protest Insurrection at Columbia: The Groovy Revolution

May 2, 1968: “You could tell something more than springtime was brewing at Columbia by the crowds around the local Chock Full, jumping and gesturing with more than coffee in their veins. You could sense insurrection in the squads of … Continue reading

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Fluxus 1

“Fluxus 1 is an artists’ book edited and produced by the Lithuanian-American artist George Maciunas, containing works by a series of artists associated with Fluxus, the international collective of avant-garde artists primarily active in the 1960s and 1970s. Originally published … Continue reading

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Against Interpretation – Susan Sontag (1966)

“Against Interpretation is a collection of essays by Susan Sontag published in 1966. It includes some of Sontag’s best-known works, including ‘On Style,’ and the eponymous essay ‘Against Interpretation.’ In the latter, Sontag argues that in the new approach to … Continue reading

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Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971

“One of the most monumental achievements of the ’60s and early ’70s was Berry Gordy’s empire at Motown Records. Previously an accomplished songwriter for the likes of Jackie Wilson, Gordy started the company with an $800 loan and built a … Continue reading

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Eric Rohmer – Six Moral Tales (1963-1972)

“At’s a mistake to privilege any one of Eric Rohmer’s ‘Six Moral Tales’ over another, though the temptation exists and is easily indulged, especially if one takes the disparate, yet complementary, viewpoints of this inimitable set of films as entirely … Continue reading

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Operation Ranch Hand

Four-plane defoliant run, part of Operation Ranch Hand “Operation Ranch Hand was a U.S. military operation during the Vietnam War, lasting from 1962 until 1971. Largely inspired by the British use of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D (Agent Orange) during the Malayan … Continue reading

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Genet, Mailer, & the New Paternalism (1961)

“It is easily imagined of Jean Genet that he is one those artists who so adore reality that they are obsessed with the ever-present possibility that it too will betray them. Sitting through the too long evening of ‘The Blacks’ … Continue reading

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