Category Archives: Music

#9: “Good Vibrations” – Beach Boys (1966)

“‘Good Vibrations’ is a song composed by Brian Wilson with lyrics by Mike Love for the American rock band the Beach Boys, of which both were members. Released on October 10, 1966, the single was an immediate critical and commercial … Continue reading

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The White Panthers

“The White Panthers were a far-left anti-racist white American political collective founded in 1968 by Pun Plamondon, Leni Sinclair, and John Sinclair. It was started in response to an interview where Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, … Continue reading

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“Burn On, Big River…” Cuyahoga River Fires

1969 Cuyahoga River fire in Cleveland, Ohio “In June 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio caught fire — a river long polluted with oily wastes, chemicals, and debris. The river fire, coming at a time of emerging national concern … Continue reading

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Four Tops – Reach Out (1966)

“The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan, USA, who helped to define the city’s Motown sound of the 1960s. The group’s repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz, and show tunes. Founded as … Continue reading

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Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

“When Steve Turner still lived in Seattle back in the salad days, the Mudhoney guitarist would have me over to look at his record collection and provided lessons on 60’s folk and blues revival. He let me borrow some records … Continue reading

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Trout Mask Replica – Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band (1969)

“Trout Mask Replica is the third studio album by American rock band Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, released as a double album on June 16, 1969 by Straight and Reprise Records, and produced by Beefheart’s childhood friend Frank Zappa. … Continue reading

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5 surprising things that 1960s TV changed

By 1960, television was firmly entrenched as America’s new hearth. Close to 90% of households had a TV, making the device almost ubiquitous. The ensuing decade would see the medium grow in both importance and range. “… And oh yeah, … Continue reading

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