Category Archives: Counterculture

‘Ramparts’, the muck-racking San Francisco magazine that helped spawn ‘Rolling Stone’

“The 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine has arrived, and not without fanfare. Joe Hagan’s biography of co-founder Jann Wenner appeared in October to stellar reviews, and earlier this month, HBO aired Alex Gibney’s documentary film about the magazine’s history. … Continue reading

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene

Top: Marty Balin at Monterey Pop, 1967. Photo by Suki Hill. Above. Jefferson Airplane enjoyed a close relationship with promoter Bill Graham, who booked the band, which he managed during most of 1967, into the Fillmore in San Francisco and … Continue reading

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Synthedelia: Psychedelic Electronic Music in the 1960s

“‘Rock & roll is electronic music – because if you pull the plug, it stops.’ So says Louis ‘Cork’ Marcheschi of Fifty Foot Hose, whose sole album, Cauldron – a pioneering collision of abstract electronics and psychedelic rock originally released … Continue reading

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A Space Cowboy’s Curriculum

“Ten things I know about John Perry Barlow: 1. John Perry Barlow died this past February at age seventy, but people have been trying to describe him for decades. Among the attempts: ‘Internet guru,’ ‘the thinking man’s Forrest Gump,’ and … Continue reading

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Bosstown Sound

Beacon Street Union: The Eyes of the Beacon Street Union “The Bosstown Sound (or Boston Sound) was the catchphrase of a marketing campaign to promote psychedelic rock and psychedelic pop bands in Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 1960s. The concept … Continue reading

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Africa’s 1968: Protests and Uprisings Across the Continent

Egyptians pour into the streets on 9 and 10 June 1967, shouting, “we shall fight” in support of President Nasser, and against his resignation. “Fifty years ago, in May 1968, what started as a localized student protest against proposed reforms … Continue reading

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10 Early Late Night TV Interviews You’d Never See Today

Fidel Castro on The Ed Sullivan Show (1959) “Back before the age of 24-hour cable news and stations dedicated entirely to single sports teams, television was a pretty barren medium dominated by the three major networks. At night, families would … Continue reading

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