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Ennio Morricone – Italian composer

“Ennio Morricone, OMRI (Italian: [ˈɛnnjo morriˈkoːne]; 10 November 1928 – 6 July 2020) was an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles. With more than 400 scores for cinema and television, as well … Continue reading

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James Brown takes LSD (Orange Sunshine)

“My mother never said to me: ‘You can’t do that.’ When it came to finishing high school or going on the road with James Brown, I decided to go. She knew I wasn’t really choosing anything harmful. She just wanted … Continue reading

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Janis Joplin – I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again, Mama (1969)

“… One critic raved about her ‘urgent, blazing white blues’ voice. Another said she sounded like ‘she was calling out from the second-story window of a bordello, inviting you up’. In her first blush of superstardom, the 25-year-old singer of … Continue reading

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Hot Tuna – Jorma Kaukonen / Jack Casady (1970)

“When Hot Tuna‘s self-titled debut album was released in May 1970, it seemed like the perfect spin-off project for a major rock group, Jefferson Airplane‘s lead guitarist and bass player indulging in a genre exercise by playing a set of … Continue reading

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Wanna-Beats: In 1959, Café Bizarre Gave Straights an Entree Into Beatnik Culture

A poet gives a reading on stage at The Bizarre coffehouse on West 3rd St., Greenwich Village, New York City, 1961. “America hit peak hippie in 1967, thanks to the avalanche of media hype that accompanied the Summer of Love. … Continue reading

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Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (1970), American Beauty (1970)

“Freshly busted in New Orleans and teetering upon the edge of financial ruin, the Grateful Dead began 1970 in dire need of a new beginning. Remarkably for a band who had a habit of making their own bad luck, the … Continue reading

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Pushing Buttons: In Our Divided America, Political Pinbacks Give Anyone a Voice

Top: A group of Americana pinbacks from Aisthorpe’s collection. Above: Several of Aisthorpe’s antiwar buttons, circa 1967-1971. “In this modern age of political polarization, we Americans increasingly surround ourselves with friends, neighbors, and news sources that reinforce our worldviews rather … Continue reading

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Townes Van Zandt (1969), Southbound – Doc Watson (1966), Streetnoise – Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity (1969), The Lady and the Unicorn – John Renbourn (1970), It’s a Beautiful Day (1967)

“Townes Van Zandt is the third studio album by the American singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, released in September 1969 by Poppy Records. It includes re-recordings of four songs from his 1968 debut album, including the first serious song he ever … Continue reading

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Chet Baker – Italian Movies (1958-1964)

“Before delving into the music on this collection, it’s important to offer a note of caution to Chet Baker fans: Italian Movies is not a really a compilation of the trumpeter’s work, so much as a series of film scores … Continue reading

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Georges Delerue’s music for the films of Francois Truffaut

“In a span of twenty four years between 1959 and 1983 composer Georges Delerue collaborated with director Francois Truffaut on ten films. Compared to Delerue’s massive repertoire of film, TV scores and classical compositions, 350(!) in all, ten is an … Continue reading

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