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Imagining a Past Future
On any given workday in downtown Oakland, thousands of commuters enter and exit the 12th Street City Center station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, rushing past a large bronze bust of John B. Williams.
development  urban  oakland  cities  politics  california  1960s  1970s  BART 
28 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The Beat Generation: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Diane di Prima look back at an American cultural movement - Washington Post
More than a half-century after their emergence, the Beats still offer up wild style, a sense of freedom and wonder for the natural world almost unrivaled in postwar literature. But their work has perhaps been more misinterpreted than nearly any literary group in history — partially because there was no consistent ideology binding them. As Ferlinghetti put it succinctly: “The Beat Generation was just Allen Ginsberg’s friends.”
arts  poetry  1950s  1960s  sanfrancisco  bayarea  writing  history  literature  california 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Seeing the Future in Science Fiction : The New Yorker
By 1964, when I was negotiating puberty in the chill deeps of the Cold War, history itself had become the Atomic Disintegrator. In those years, I was drawn to science fiction (and mainly to its prose forms) for the evidence it offered of manifold possibilities of otherness. To a curious, anxious, white male child coming of age in an incurious and paranoid white monoculture, there was literally nothing like it—though a great deal of science fiction, possibly the majority of it, I was starting to notice, depicted futuristic monocultures that were dominated by white males. The rest, however, had as much to do with making me the person I am today as anything else did. Things might be different, science fiction told me, and different in literally any way you could imagine, however radical.
sciencefiction  literature  newyorker  fiction  identity  1960s 
june 2012 by allaboutgeorge
‘Mad Men’ Is an Eerie Echo of Advertising Reality -
“Despite all the changes in advertising, despite all the technological advances, some things never change. No matter how big you are, you’re still dependent on connections, office politics and the whims of the clients.”
marketing  television  1960s  amctv  reputation  attention  business 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Post: Why 'Mad Men' is TV's most feminist show, by Stephanie Coontz
We should be glad that the writers are resisting the temptation to transform their female characters into contemporary heroines. They're not, and they cannot be. That is the brilliance of the show's script.

"Mad Men's" writers are not sexist. The time period was.
television  feminism  women  1960s  history  power 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Book review: 'Bob Dylan in America' by Sean Wilentz -
"Although reminiscent of the modernists' collages," Wilentz writes, "Dylan's method aimed not simply at allusion but at something very different, essential to his recent work — more emphatic, at times risky dissolution of distinctions between past and present, as well as between high and low, scholarly and popular, exotic and familiar, moving between and among them as if it required no effort."
books  bobdylan  nonfiction  criticism  music  1960s  history  art  creativity 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Listening to Van Morrison by Greil Marcus | Books | The Guardian
"How," he said, "can you write about Morrison's music without taking into account what a completely unpleasant person he is?"

I never know how to answer that kind of question, because it represents a whole way of being in the world that's foreign to me. I don't believe that a person's life necessarily has anything to do with what he or she creates, whether the person in question is a musician, a painter, an accountant, an engineer, a designer or a cleaner. A person's work is not reducible to his or her neuroses, and a person's neuroses are not the determinant of a person's work. In the act, the work can take over; it can produce its own momentum, its own imperatives, its own yarragh. It can create its own necessity, its own insistence that, in the act, the world conform to the demands the work is making on it. "I don't know that Van Morrison is a completely unpleasant person," I said. "But I don't really care. I don't see what one thing has to do with the other."
music  psychology  uk  rock  books  criticism  1960s  1970s  beauty  art 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What the Beatles Reveal About Fame - Newsweek
If Malcolm Gladwell is right, it was the 1,200 live gigs at strip clubs in Hamburg, Germany, that made the Beatles great. But as Doggett proves, it was the particularly corrosive nature of fame that not only broke them up, but made it impossible for them to be in the same room. They never seriously considered getting the band back together, despite offers that hovered at about $1 billion.
music  beatles  design  essay  history  1960s  business  celebrity  happiness 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Music - James Taylor and Carole King’s ‘Troubadour Reunion’ Tour -
As reunions go, this one is less dramatic than some others from the period. While Ms. King and Mr. Taylor performed and recorded together quite a bit in the early 1970s, they were never formally a duo. They never fell out and never broke up. Most significantly — and highly uncharacteristically for those freewheeling times — they were never lovers, so there was no complicated personal history to resolve. If the tour can be said to have a message, it’s that not everything has to end — or end badly.

“It’s nice to see a man and a woman who have continually respected what they meant to each other professionally,” said Sheila Weller, the author of “Girls Like Us,” a book about Ms. King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. “It’s like the people in ‘The Big Chill’: ‘I will never let you down. No matter where you are, call me and I’ll come.’ ”
friendship  music  livemusic  songwriting  1960s  1970s  women  men 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Times, They Changed - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The 60s remembered through the photograph of a Kent State student lying lifeless on the ground has even less appeal for students in 2010 than for the Class of 1970. But histories of that period also record the correlation between student activism and changes that made this country better: students sitting in for racial integration in Greensboro; students standing up for free speech in Berkeley; and students marching on the Pentagon for peace in Vietnam.

Better than questions about the lethargy of student activism in 2010 are inquiries into the times. Where are the 60s? It's the times that have changed, not the students. It's the administrative practices and economic circumstances incubating campus culture that have changed. Those conditions didn't change on their own, however, and they won't change themselves again.
activism  academia  college  education  politics  power  1960s 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Who cares about 'My Generation' anymore? | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
In the 1980s, pop was long scorned by many as a time of superficiality and crass commercialism; only in recent years have its champions found room to argue for its importance, and most still applaud that era of giant hair and sequins in fun. But that plastic moment was also a time of great diversity in pop, when Prince and Public Enemy rose alongside Guns 'N' Roses and U2. It's harder to contain the 1980s within a single word like "Woodstock," though the millions mourning Jackson have been trying with "Thriller."

In fact, the 1980s looked a lot like now: a time when no one presumed that a particular musical statement or style spoke for all, and when the generational ideal felt a little hollow. [...] Personal style, ethnic and racial loyalties and an expanding sense of what was possible (typified then by interest in African music and New Wave's fascination with technology) mattered more than the power of an age-appropriate peer group.
1980s  music  pop  rock  aging  1960s 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Straight, Single, and Sixty: The Truth About Dating After 55 |
Dating over fifty-five is alive and well in spite of the challenges, the heartbreak, and the silly happenings that come with age. The need for intimacy never ends.
sex  relationships  aging  love  friendship  health  1960s  dating 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
When Cocktails Were Office Supplies -
When it comes to choosing a character’s poison, Ms. Perello said, many people have input, starting with the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner: “Matt will say, ‘I want them to have a brown liquor.’ And I’ll go, ‘Let’s do a nonblended Scotch, because this is a person who would appreciate that.’ ”

The cocktail historian David Wondrich, 48, thinks an old-fashioned is a conservative choice for the young Draper, but considers his preference for Canadian Club “exactly right. We’d had years of destruction of the American whiskey industry up until then. So the Canadian stuff was viewed as being pretty good.”

“The big Scotches were Bell’s, Black & White, Teacher’s, White Horse,” Mr. Rea said. “When you’re drinking Canadian Club, you’re showing people you drink a better brand” of whiskey. He and Mr. Wondrich also said Betty Draper’s taste for Tom Collinses and vodka gimlets was spot on.
liquor  story  television  cable  drinking  alcohol  1960s 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge Arts & Entertainment | The dream life of Don Draper
Don and Pete represent opposite sides of the same coin: Both chafe against the restrictions of adult life, and both have faked their way to the top in different ways. But while Don represents the benefits of extreme denial mixed with occasional sincerity, Pete shows us how it looks when you navigate an unfair world armed only with blind ambition and raging emotions that get the most of you regularly. While Don smoothly lies through his teeth without flinching, Pete stutters, fakes it, breaks down seconds later, and fools no one, not even himself. Don has occasional dark nights of the soul, sure, but Pete is awash in confusion and self-loathing, so much so that he can barely control himself.
television  history  1960s  identity  aesthetics  cable  writing 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bruce Handy on Mad Men |
“I’m not avoiding answering the question, but I’m doing something that I do a lot, which is avoiding saying, ‘I don’t know.’ And that’s from my family—it’s really bad to get caught not knowing something. I hope I’ll know when I get there. When I started the show, when I had the inkling of the idea, I thought, What was it like for people to go through this [historical period]? It wasn’t a loss of innocence, but things really did change. There was some shit falling apart, as much as there was in the 1930s. Hopefully we don’t have to experience that again, but to come out on the other side and, you know, What does Don look like when Kent State happens? I would kind of like to know that.”
television  culture  magazines  1960s  aesthetics  1970s  writing  cable 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Books of The Times - ‘Stories Done’ by Mikal Gilmore - Youth Culture’s Glory Days, Revisited - Review -
On the final chord of "A Day in the Life": "[I]t bound up an entire culture in its mysteries, its implications, its sense of providence found and lost. In some ways, it was the most stirring moment that culture would ever share, and the last gesture of genuine unity that we would ever hear from the Beatles."
music  songwriting  1960s  reviews 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Interview: Pat Hackett: Andy Warhol's gal Friday talks about her boss's odd work habits and her career as amanuensis, screenwriter, and co-author
"He knew you could make a lot of money in publishing if you did it right, the same way that you could in movies if you did it right. But these things never turned out to be profitable the way Andy did them."
books  magazines  art  1960s  work  nyc 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Europe | Paris 68: Revolution or charade?
"In politics, in academia, in the media, you have a well-oiled mechanism that promotes people who share the 1960s ethos."
1960s  academia  politics  media  france  identity  aesthetics  europe 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Baby boomer, Latino populations shift -
"The idea of the Beach Boys and the Summer of Love in San Francisco, but also the sprawling of suburbia — all those young families and then all those middle-aged families — and now we're going to have a baby boomer silver tsunami in California."
demography  california  aging  data  1960s  latinos 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
"Do you think the Beatles are overrated?" "Oh, definitely. So are we."
1960s  rock  uk  music 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Kris Kristofferson talks booze, hellraising and landing a chopper on Johnny Cash's lawn | Pop | Music
"I've come to appreciate how special a song is compared to other art forms, because you can carry it around in your head and your heart and it remains part of you. It just comes as natural as a bird to me, always did."
songwriting  music  rock  1960s  1970s  country  creativity 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Fiction: Frank Sinatra Has A Cold - Esquire
"Just before the light turned green, Sinatra turned toward her, looked directly into her eyes waiting for the reaction he knew would come. It came and he smiled. She smiled and he was gone."
books  celebrity  journalism  music  writing  1950s  1960s  magazines 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Brazil's Musical Mutants Resume Their Strange Trip
"The sound would fade in and out, the result being that while they could hear the melodies, they had to sketch in the details themselves with whatever harmonies and arrangements came to mind."
songwriting  music  brazil  rock  1960s 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Face the Music -
"When Americans hear Brits singing their music, it sends the signal that the music has real value -- or why would a country with such a rich cultural history be embracing it? It would be better if Americans didn't need such outside reinforcement [...]"
uk  music  rock  pop  identity  1960s  aesthetics  race 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wellesley Class Sees ‘One of Us’ Bearing Standard - New York Times
“She reaffirms for me the fact that as soon as you get into politics you have to compromise on your goals, if not your ideals. It’s incredibly upsetting, but I think it’s a fact of life.”
clinton  2008  elections  democrats  politics  education  1960s 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Smithsonian: The Real Dreamgirls
"That really had never happened before and it really hasn't happened since. We get young teenage girls at front and center in mainstream pop culture."
feminism  women  gender  songwriting  creativity  music  pop  1950s  1960s  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties - By Robert Stone
"If the memoir makes just one outright policy statement, it’s in protest of neverending public burning not only of individuals but of the idea that consciousness is private, and not a domain for armed agents of the state."
drugs  books  nonfiction  memory  literature  1960s 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
HousChron: Rockers come and go, but Burt Bacharach is forever
"Maddeningly complex, sometimes deceptively simple, these are more than just great pop songs: These are deep explorations of the materials of music."
songwriting  pop  aesthetics  music  1960s 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: David Yaffee's "The Last Temptation of Dylan - Watching the new documentary"
"He did indeed steal and lift, but only in the service of an art that was all his. [...] Steve Allen asks Dylan if he sings his own material or other people's. He replies: 'They're all mine, now.'"
bobdylan  songwriting  creativity  1960s  cinema  documentary 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Comes a time for a tux
"I can't rap. I think I've done everything else, so if I start to do that, just shoot me. But I love good rap. And most things I like do turn up in some form, so keep your eyes peeled."
neilyoung  1960s  hiphop 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: How Does It Feel ... 40 Years Later?
"[T]he song was a rewrite of the world itself. An old world was facing a dare it wasn't ready for; as the song traced its long arc across the radio, a world that was taking shape seemed altogether in flux."
music  songwriting  aesthetics  bobdylan  1960s 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Marketwatch: Jon Friedman's Media Web: Meet the Halberstam of pop culture
"I'd always thought the world before -- and after -- this song was a different place. And he could explain how a single song could change our understanding about popular music. Greil makes it sound incredibly dramatic."
music  songwriting  aesthetics  1960s  dylan 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge Stephanie Zacharek's "Dylan in darkest America"
"Idealism is essential to the spirit of any country, at any time. But idealism isn't a guarantee of safety; it doesn't make you invincible. If anything, it turns you into a walking target. Idealism is more dangerous than plutonium."
1960s  cinema  dylan  identity  usa 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Open secret
"Everything in life was in this music: the beautiful and the ugly, the godly and ungodly. Not everybody wants to touch those places because there are things we have to forget in order to live with ourselves, and that music didn't let you have any secrets.
1960s  jazz  music  songwriting 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge 'Hippie Dictionary' Tells It Like It Was, Man
"What is strange about these exclamations is that, even though they have no real bearing on the conversation, they indicate a desire ... to communicate with clarity and understanding."
1960s  black  language  writing 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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