Images of a People's Movement
- more than 18 pages of photos and dozens of first-hand narratives, interviews & recollections
of the 1951-1968 Southern Freedom Movement by the Civil Rights Movement Veterans
. (These are just samplings - it's a deep and rich site.) [more inside]
The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins
A 1967 Les Blank film of Lightnin Hopkins visiting his hometown of Centerville, TX "…a gorgeous 31-minute poem of a movie, a series of snapshots from his life as well as a look at an era fast disappearing…Watching the film is something of a revelation, at least if you ever had a doubt where the blues came from." [more inside]
If you like meaty filthy 60s-70s rock
by sometimes severely ripped blokes &b.b.b.babes — like I know I do — then bite on these two crispy mix streams and the extensive opinionated textual japery and idolatry from Brit musician, musicologist, Julian Cope
that accompanies them. This man writes books
on music. Why is he giving it away? [more inside]
The miniskirts, hotpants, bellbottoms, boots, sunglasses, and hairdos of the Sixties Seventies
as worn by the famous and anonymous beauties of the time. (some images NSFW)
, swinging London of 1960s and SOHO bohemian Coffee Bars of London, 1959
. These are a few of the 500+ vintage documentary shorts called "Look at Life" that ran at the Odeon and Gaumont cinemas during the 50s and 60s. (via Dangerous Minds) [more inside]
Never-seen Hells Angels Photos, 1965
- LIFE photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride recall the weeks they spent with Sonny, Buzzard, Hambone, Big D, other Angels and their "old ladies." Of the 36 photos in the gallery, only one had been previously published. (via Daily Jive
) [more inside]
What if Lovecraft had Lived into the 1960′s?
- recording from a 1978 WorldCon panel featuring Fritz Leiber
, and S.T. Joshi
. Bonus files: A reading by Donald R. Burleson of his story The Last Supper
, and a reading of Fungi from Yuggoth
What makes Point Blank so extraordinary, however, is not its departures from genre conventions, but Boorman's virtuoso use of such unconventional avant-garde stylistics to saturate the proceedings with a classical noir mood of existential torpor and romanticized fatalism. (previously)
"What happened was that Abner Spector
was an electronics nut. He took the girls in the studio on a Friday, and they didn't get out of there until everybody was on the track. Anybody that came in the studio that week, he would put them on. Originally, I think he had about 20 voices on 'Sally
.'" The cost of the project alone, Richardson figured was over $60,000..." - Sally, Go Round The Roses
) was the first (and only) hit for the Jaynettes
in 1963 and a unique and hypnotic studio creation
. It's been called "a subtle and transcendental epic in 45rpm form
" and there is much speculation
on its mysterious lyrics.
It has been covered by Donna Summer
. Great Society (with Grace Slick)
. Fanny. Pentangle
. ? And The Mysterians and others.
Music! - A 1968 documentary by the National Music Council of Great Britain, featuring folk singing, The Beatles, and even early electronic music produced by tape splicing. Part 1
, part 2
, part 3
, part 4
, part 5
The Jazz Loft Project
- From 1957 to 1965, celebrated photojournalist W. Eugene Smith made 4,000 hours of surreptitious recordings and took 40,000 photographs in a loft in Manhattan's wholesale flower district where Roland Kirk, Thelonius Monk, Hall Overton, Charles Mingus and other jazz greats jammed until dawn. Archived in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the project is now accessible via a book, a traveling exhibit, a 10-part Jazz Loft series
on WNYC, NPR's Jazz Loft Project Sights & Sounds
, and an interview with JLP author Sam Stephenson
, which includes some images from the book. Via a Grain Edit post
, which also has some great images. [more inside]
The Sixties Project
- The Sixties Project began as a collective of humanities scholars working together on the Internet to use electronic resources to provide routes of collaboration and make available primary and secondary sources for researchers, students, teachers, writers and librarians interested in the Sixties. [more inside]
Matt Helm is a fictional character created by author Donald Hamilton. He is a U.S. government counter-agent—a man whose primary job is to kill or nullify enemy agents—not a spy or secret agent in the ordinary sense of the term as used in spy thrillers. ... The character appeared in 27 books over a 33-year period beginning in 1960... A movie series was made in the mid-to-late 1960s starring Dean Martin... the series bore no resemblance at all to the character, atmosphere, or themes of Hamilton's original books, nor to the hard-edged action of Bond. One reason was the attitude of the filmmakers that the only way to compete with the Bond films was to parody them.
- Wikipedia (links may be mildly NSFW) [more inside]
Dig! Destroy The System.
The entire film about the Brian Jonestown Massacre's rivalry with the Dandy Warhols (after a 30 second ad). One week only on Pitchfork TV.
Hello, New York! New York, wake up you f*ckers! Free Music! Free Love!
In 1968, two years before those other guys
, Jefferson Airplane played their apocalyptic psychedelia from a NYC rooftop, before police shut them down. Filmed (staged?) by Jean-Luc Godard. [more inside]
Drop the acid just before the bus leaves the station:
In this January 14, 1967 broadsheet, probably distributed along the Haight on telephone polls, walls, and in windows, ComCo passes on some learned tips on good Bay Area headventure trips. ( Via digaman's twitter
The Art & Life of Annie Truxell
[via mefi projects
]: Annie Truxell is a well known painter who has lived a long and fascinating life. Her adventures have been legendary, encompassing Greenwich Village in the 50s, London in the 60s and India in the 70s. She was friends with Franz Klein, Bill de Kooning, Truman Capote, Terry Southern, Mati Klarwein & many other wild & woolly people.
I'm not a fan of front-page posts that don't describe their link, but I seriously have no idea what this is.
It's Russian. It's from the '60s. Now that I've watched it, I feel my life is complete, yet I somehow simultaneously want my eight minutes back (you've been warned). SLYT.
60s Pop Friday! Ladies and Gentlemen, from Queens, NY, it's the Shangri-Las!
Mostly known for their grandly melodramatic songs about teen love gone awry
, they aren't all downers
. They've been covered
Movie posters carry the movie in one still image. But they're also a great overview of trends, both artistic and popular. Modern major film posters
are common enough, and if you're looking for some discussion of modern posters, Movie Poster Addict
might be your scene. But dig deeper and you come across quality versions of foreign films
, such as Mexican posters
(deep link to a section of Pulp Morgue
) or hand painted posters from Russia
, India and Pakistan
, even the US
. MeFi's own flapjax at midnite
shared a collection of recent finds from the 1960s and '70s on in this Flickr set
. [flapjax at midnite's collection via mefi projects
-ly on Me
. And not from MetaFilter, but from our favorite list site: 20 baffling foreign movie posters
"America's Lost Band"
...1964...The Remains. Opening act
for The Beatles first US tour. One of the great what-might-have-been
(but didn't) stories of American music of the 60’s.
The great British guitarist Davey Graham died Monday at 68.
Every aspiring acoustic guitar player who came of age during the 60s knew of Davy Graham, composer of Anji
and inventor of the DADGAD
tuning. His own records were never commercial smashes, but his influence was felt by all his contemporaries in the world of folk music and by legions who came after who knew nothing of him personally. The Guardian has a brief obit
and assembles a fine video tribute
the 2006 documentary about the obscure, semi-legendary 60s L.A. psychedelic band Love, and its leader Arthur Lee. One week only on Pitchfork.TV previously 2001 and 2006 [more inside]
- cute collection of comic book images and language conveying sound and motion. Also see anastasiav's prior post: Ka-BOOM
, the Dictionary of Comic Book Words on Historical Principles. (via oink!) [more inside]
Clever! Peppy! Immensely entertaining! The opening sequence of the Dick Cavett Show
was a little masterpiece of 60s pop graphics. A similar aesthetic is at work here in this 60s era PSA reminding you to vote
. Here's some jazzy 60s animation: a commercial for Beechnut Gum
. And lots more typically 60s animation and graphics on display here in this Animation Commercial Collection
Gram Parsons fans take note - there's a recent new biography
and a release of 90 minutes of vintage Flying Burrito Brothers
. Some rare footage has also recently surfaced online: performing with FBB
and duets with Emmylou Harris 1
. Other items of note: Emmylou talks about Gram in 2000
; British biographical sketch
; Keith Richards
on Gram in Rolling Stone; an interview with Manuel, the designer of the famous Nudie suit
. [more inside]
Some kind soul
has uploaded an exhaustive collection of Professor Julius Sumner Miller
's Science Demonstrations to YouTube. This is my playlist
, I thought the other fans of JSM on Metafilter might enjoy it.
Happy 40th Birthday Rolling Stone.
On this day in 1967, the first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine
was published, and it came with a roach clip
. It was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner
and music critic Ralph J. Gleason
It embraced and reported on the hippy counterculture
during the late 1960s and 1970s, and its rise to fame was synchronous with such bands and artists as the Grateful Dead
, Rolling Stones
, Jimi Hendrix
and Janis Joplin
. It is the magazine that trashed Eric Clapton
, broke up Cream
and ripped every album Led Zeppelin ever made
Okay, first, take a look at this collection of 60's and 70's Asian Pop Record Covers
. Cause they're just a helluvalotta of fun to look at. Now, if you find your musical
appetite whetted, the same fellow who brought you those wonderful jackets has a Singapore and Asian 60's Pop Music
MySpace page, where you can listen to his fabulous
audio playlist, see video clips and more record jackets, and get more info on this very fertile period in Asian pop music history. [more inside]
From hair styles
, this site has amassed a massive fashion photo collection
of groovy celebrities and swingin' stars from the '60s and '70s.
name is Jack
and I live
in the back
of the Greta Garbo Home for Wayward Boys and Girls
: A movie, a producer, a hotel, and a song.
Extracts from the journals of Susan Sontag
dating from the 1950s and 1960s were published in this morning's Guardian G2.
In 1963, a full 3 years before his first MoI recording, a young, beardless Zappa
appeared live on the Steve Allen show playing a musical composition on bicycles. Jerry Hopkins, the show's talent coordinator, discusses how the young musician's debut performance came about
. Hardcore zappaphiles can view Part 1
, Part 2
long & grainy B&W YouTube clips, diamonds in the rough).