Dr. John Rudoff
is a cardiologist in Oregon, but before he entered medical school, he was the staff photographer at The Main Point
, a coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, PA associated with the early 1960s folk revival in the Philadelphia area. His photographs of the Philadelphia folk scene include unidentified local folkies
, but also touring folk singers such as Dave van Ronk
and John Hammond
. Eventually, Rudoff got a press pass to the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, where he took photos of Mary Travers sharing a moment with Mimi and Dick Fariña
and Joan Baez with a pre-psychedelicized Chambers Brothers
, but the most amazing discovery of all are the photos of when Bob Dylan "went electric."
And now you can see Rudoff's whole collection
, thanks to the magic of Flickr.
posted by jonp72
on May 7, 2009 -
"The most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear," Frank Sinatra
wrote of rock 'n' roll during the time of Elvis Presley. But Frank wasn't stupid... he knew his relevance was fading and if you can't beat 'em, you have to join 'em. So in 1960
, Elvis Presley was welcomed home from his two year military tour
by the Frank Sinatra Timex Show "Welcome Home Elvis"
special. Later Sinatra said, "I'm just a singer. Elvis was the embodiment of the whole American culture."
posted by miss lynnster
on Feb 26, 2008 -
Civil rights, local style.
Take a look at Mollie Huston Lee's
great collection of as-it-happened coverage
of the Feb 1960 lunch counter sit-ins in Raleigh, NC. Plenty of clippings about other heated local events
, too. The details make the era come alive - boycott flyers
, harumphing white editors
, speculation that protests might "fizzle out, panty-raid style,"
armed Native Americans threatening to "wipe out" the local KKK
, the program from the conference that birthed SNCC
[pdf], early reactions to desegregation
and much more
. Gotta love those revealing little
posted by mediareport
on Jan 21, 2003 -