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Popol Vuh

Popol Vuh in 1971: Bettina von Waldthausen, Frank Fiedler, Florian Fricke “Popol Vuh were a German musical collective founded by keyboardist Florian Fricke in 1969 together with Frank Fiedler (sound design, fine cut), Holger Trülzsch (percussion), and Bettina Fricke (tablas and … Continue reading

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Attica Prison riot

Inmates at Attica shouted their demands during a negotiating session with state corrections officials in September 1971. “The Attica Prison Rebellion, also known as the Attica Prison Massacre, Attica Uprising or Attica Prison Riot, was the bloodiest prison riot in … Continue reading

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Sumer Is Icumen In: The Pagan Sound Of British And Irish Folk 1966-75

“… Stonehenge, one of this island’s most significant structures, is constructed in alignment with the setting sun on that day. After the solstice, the days lengthen and a new cycle of the year begins. An image of what could be … Continue reading

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Electric Ladyland – Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)

“Electric Ladyland is the third and final studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the final studio album released in Hendrix’s lifetime before his death in 1970. Released by Reprise Records in North America on October 16, 1968, and … Continue reading

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Experimental music

The score for John Cage’s indeterminate composition “Fontana Mix” “Experimental music is a general label for any music that pushes existing boundaries and genre definitions. Experimental compositional practice is defined broadly by exploratory sensibilities radically opposed to, and questioning of, … Continue reading

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“Back in the U.S.S.R.” – The Beatles (1968)

“‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’ is a song by the English rock band the Beatles and the first track of the 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as the ‘White Album’). Written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney … Continue reading

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Bleecker Bob’s Records

“Robert Plotnik, a lapsed lawyer better known as the namesake of Bleecker Bob’s Records, a Greenwich Village vinyl mecca that survived the dawning of cassettes, CDs and downloading and the death of CBGB, the nearby club where punk rock was … Continue reading

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Gene Ammons / Sonny Stitt – Boss Tenors: Straight Ahead From Chicago August 1961

“Tenor saxophonists Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt co-led a small group in 1950, and this follow-up, taped in the studio in 1961, finds the two picking up where they left off. The highlight of the date is the jointly written … Continue reading

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Mountain – Climbing! (1970)

“A new band named Mountain delivered their debut album on March 7, 1970, then watched the cheekily named Climbing! quickly move into the Billboard Top 20 on the strength of the smash hit single and future classic rock staple, ‘Mississippi … Continue reading

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The Concert for Bangladesh

“The Concert for Bangladesh (or Bangla Desh, as the country’s name was originally spelt) was a pair of benefit concerts organised by former Beatles guitarist George Harrison and Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar. The shows were held at 2:30 and … Continue reading

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