Arnold Skolnick, Whose Poster Embodied Woodstock, Dies at 85

On short notice, he created the bird-on-a-guitar design that advertised the 1969 festival — and became a symbol of the era.

#art, #bethel-woods-center-for-the-arts, #deaths-obituaries, #festivals, #music, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #pop-and-rock-music, #posters, #skolnick-arnold-1937-2022, #woodstock-music-festivals

The $10 Million Bob Dylan Center Opens Up His Songwriting Secrets

A new space in Tulsa, Okla., built to display Dylan’s vast archive, celebrates one of the world’s most elusive creators, and gives visitors a close-up look at notebooks and fan mail.

#archives-and-records, #bob-dylan-center-tulsa-okla, #dylan-bob, #folk-music, #museums, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #poetry-and-poets, #tulsa-okla

Kathy Boudin, Radical Imprisoned in a Fatal Robbery, Dies at 78

She had a role in the Brink’s heist by the Weather Underground that left two police officers dead. But she became a model prisoner and, after being freed, helped former inmates.

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The Man Who Made Thinking Sexy

Jerry Z. Muller’s “Professor of Apocalypse” tells the story of Jacob Taubes, who is largely forgotten today but was at the center of intellectual life after the war.

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U.T. Austin Acquires Archives That Give Insight Into the 1960s

The papers of Richard Goodwin, a speechwriter to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and his wife Doris Kearns Goodwin, a presidential historian, shed light on decision-making at crucial moments in American history.

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Bobby Rydell, Teenage Idol With Enduring Appeal, Dies at 79

He had his first hit in 1959. Six decades later, teamed with his fellow singers Frankie Avalon and Fabian, he was still drawing crowds.

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Tommy Davis, Batting Star With the ’60s Dodgers, Dies at 83

A two-time batting champion, he helped power a dominant Los Angeles team, but a serious injury derailed his career, and he fell short of the Hall of Fame.

#baltimore-orioles, #baseball, #davis-tommy-1939-2022, #deaths-obituaries, #los-angeles-dodgers, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #world-series

Stewart Brand, Who Coined the Term ‘Personal Computer,’ Says He’s Still an Optimist

Stewart Brand coined the term “personal computer” and was one of the first to envision what digital technology would become. He knows it got messy. He thinks tech can clean itself up.

#brand-stewart, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #facebook-inc, #long-now-foundation, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #twitter, #whole-earth-catalog-book

Why This Silicon Valley Prophet Says He’s Still an Optimist

Stewart Brand coined the term “personal computer” and was one of the first to envision what digital technology would become. He knows it got messy. He thinks tech can clean itself up.

#brand-stewart, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #facebook-inc, #long-now-foundation, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #twitter, #whole-earth-catalog-book

‘Summer of Soul’ Reclaims a Concert Documentary Tradition

As music stars turn to movies as promotional tools, the Questlove project looks back to a golden age of filmed performances that the academy rarely acknowledges.

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The Radical Experimentation of Black Psychedelia

One of the most lasting and influential artistic movements of the 20th century was created with and for Black artists. Why has their contribution been so overlooked?

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Requiem for a Liberal Giant

Todd Gitlin never left the left.

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Older Americans Fight to Make America Better

We don’t want to leave the world a worse place than we found it.

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Todd Gitlin, a Voice and Critic of the New Left, Dies at 79

He earned his stripes in the antiwar movement of the 1960s. In his later years, he was often critical of his erstwhile kindred spirits.

#books-and-literature, #colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gitlin-todd, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #sociology, #students-for-a-democratic-society, #the-sixties-years-of-hope-days-of-rage-book, #writing-and-writers

Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master and Political Reformer, Dies at 95

A monk with global influence and an ally of Martin Luther King, he championed what he called “engaged Buddhism,” applying its principles in pressing for peace.

#buddhism, #deaths-obituaries, #hanh-thich-nhat, #monasteries-and-monks, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #vietnam, #vietnam-war

Michael Lang, a Force Behind the Woodstock Festival, Dies at 77

He and his partners hoped their weekend of “peace and music” would draw 50,000 attendees. It ended up drawing more than 400,000 — and making history.

#bethel-ny, #deaths-obituaries, #hippies, #lang-michael, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #pop-and-rock-music, #woodstock-music-festivals

I’ve Spent 25 Years as a Joan Didion Thief

Didion inspired at least two generations of impostors.

#didion-joan, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #writing-and-writers

Joan Didion Inspired Generations of Impostors

Didion inspired at least two generations of impostors.

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Graeme Edge, Drummer and Co-Founder of the Moody Blues, Dies at 80

Many of their songs incorporated his spoken-word poetry, making them pioneers in the prog-rock movement of the late-1960s and ’70s.

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Think You Know the 1960s? ‘The Shattering’ Asks You to Think Again.

The historian Kevin Boyle weaves stories of war, sex and civil rights into a narrative that argues for a different view of a momentous decade and the years that preceded it.

#books-and-literature, #boyle-kevin-1960, #nineteen-hundred-sixties

Edgar Wright on ‘Last Night in Soho’ and the Trap of Nostalgia

The “Baby Driver” director’s latest film is a thriller that explores the darker side of 1960s London and questions stories that glamorize the era.

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Mort Sahl, Whose Biting Commentary Redefined Stand-Up, Dies at 94

A self-appointed warrior against hypocrisy, he revolutionized comedy in the 1950s by addressing political and social issues.

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #sahl-mort

The Creative Collectives Finding Strength in Numbers

Born out of the American civil rights movement, Black artists’ coalitions thrived in the 1960s and ’70s. Now, a new generation is discovering their power.

#art, #authority-collective, #black-people, #broadside-press, #culture-arts, #new-york-city, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #poetry-and-poets, #sanchez-sonia, #the-greats-2021, #united-states, #writing-and-writers

‘Greater New York,’ a Show of the Moment, Dwells in the Radical Past

In the wake of an election, pandemic, protest movement, extreme climate and rising debt ceilings, MoMA PS1 comes back with a cautious display of art.

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‘Buena Vista Social Club’ at 25: Memories of Memories

A group of older Cuban musicians recorded some of their favorite songs in 1996, and the album became an unlikely blockbuster. How do we hear it a quarter-century later?

#buena-vista-social-club, #buena-vista-social-club-album, #cooder-ry, #cuba, #documentary-films-and-programs, #ferrer-ibrahim, #havana-cuba, #jazz, #music, #nineteen-hundred-fifties, #nineteen-hundred-sixties

When the ‘Silent Majority’ Isn’t White

The new media obsession with moderate minorities.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #democratic-national-convention, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #internal-sub-only, #news-and-news-media, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020

Allen Midgette, an Ersatz Andy Warhol, Dies at 82

In a prank, or perhaps a piece of performance art, Mr. Midgette pretended to be the famed artist on a lecture tour in 1967.

#actors-and-actresses, #art, #deaths-obituaries, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #impersonators-and-impressionists-entertainment, #lonesome-cowboys-movie, #midgette-allen-1939-2021, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #warhol-andy

How One Epic Document Exposed the Secrets of the Vietnam War

With the Pentagon Papers revelations, the U.S. public’s trust in the government was forever diminished.

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Patrick Sky, ’60s Folk Star and Later a Piper, Dies at 80

He was a part of the folk revival emanating from Greenwich Village, mixing melodic songs and satire. Then he became infatuated with the uilleann pipes.

#deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #sky-patrick, #uilleann-pipes

It’s Police Violence That Spurs Black Rebellion

The history of Black rebellion demonstrates a fundamental reality. Police violence precipitates community violence in a vicious cycle.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #vigilantes

Bob Fass, Pioneer of Underground Radio, Dies at 87

His provocative “Radio Unnameable,” long a staple of the New York station WBAI, offered a home on the FM dial to everyone from Abbie Hoffman to Tiny Tim.

#deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #disc-jockeys, #fass-bob, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #radio, #radio-unnameable-radio-program, #vietnam-war, #wbai

Book Review: ‘The Free World,’ by Louis Menand

Menand’s “The Free World” is a sweeping survey of the revolutions that changed American life in the 1950s and ’60s.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #france, #menand-louis, #nineteen-hundred-fifties, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #the-free-world-art-and-thought-in-the-cold-war-book

Beneath Her Decorous Demeanor, ‘Lady Bird Johnson’ Was a Political Force

The new biography, by Julia Sweig, shows the wife of Lyndon B. Johnson to have been ahead of her time (and possibly her husband) on women’s rights, racial disparities and other issues.

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Sally Grossman, Immortalized on a Dylan Album Cover, Dies at 81

She picked out a red outfit and struck a relaxed pose on the cover of “Bringing It All Back Home,” leaving much for fans to guess about.

#bringing-it-all-back-home-album, #deaths-obituaries, #dylan-bob, #folk-music, #grossman-albert-b, #grossman-sally-1939-2021, #music, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #woodstock-ny

S. Clay Wilson, Taboo-Breaking Underground Cartoonist, Dies at 79

His drawings were so outrageous that, on first encountering them, his fellow cartoonist R. Crumb recalled feeling that “suddenly my own work seemed insipid.”

#art, #comic-books-and-strips, #deaths-obituaries, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #wilson-s-clay, #zap-comix

Leslie West, ‘Mississippi Queen’ Rocker, Is Dead at 75

He rose to fame with Mountain, which Rolling Stone called a “louder version of Cream” — a band Mr. West idolized. One of the group’s first gigs was Woodstock,

#cream-music-group, #deaths-obituaries, #mississippi-queen-song, #mountain-music-group, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #pop-and-rock-music, #west-leslie-1945-2020

‘Free Time’ Review: City Life as It Was, Today

The filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer excavates the sights — and constructs the sounds — of a lost New York.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #free-time-movie, #kirchheimer-manfred, #movies, #new-york-city, #nineteen-hundred-fifties, #nineteen-hundred-sixties

Baron Wolman, Whose Photos Helped Start Rolling Stone, Dies at 83

He was the magazine’s first photographer, capturing Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and many more in the days before image control.

#deaths-obituaries, #groupies-and-other-electric-ladies-book, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #photography, #pop-and-rock-music, #rolling-stone, #wolman-baron-1937, #woodstock-music-festivals

What the Tumultuous Year 1968 Can Teach Us About Today

The dangerous animosities of the past never went away, and have now re-emerged with new force.

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Spencer Davis, Whose Band Was a Hitmaker in the ’60s, Dies at 81

“Gimme Some Lovin’,” “I’m a Man” and “Keep On Running” made the rock group, from Britain, famous and launched the career of its lead singer, Steve Winwood.

#davis-spencer, #deaths-obituaries, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #pop-and-rock-music, #spencer-davis-group, #winwood-steve

The Chicago 7 Trial Onscreen: An Interpretation for Every Era

Aaron Sorkin is only the latest filmmaker to dramatize this prime example of political theater. Each version has a different understanding of the case and what it means.

#morgen-brett, #movies, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #sorkin-aaron, #the-trial-of-the-chicago-7-movie

Joe Biden’s Non-Radical 1960s

Trump has called Biden a tool of leftist agitators. Friends say that has never much been his way, even as a young man surrounded by protest.

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Richard Avedon’s Wall-Size Ambitions

The celebrated photographer made striking group portraits that he hoped would signal a new level of rigorous intention. Why didn’t the art world notice?

#avedon-richard, #murals, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #photography

A Countercultural Dreamland From Tokyo Flickers at MoMA

In 1969, Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver created a moving-image environment with 18 projectors. Now his and other expanded cinema works from Japanese pioneers are in New York.

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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Review: They Fought the Law

Aaron Sorkin and an all-star cast re-enact a real-life ‘’60s courtroom drama with present-day implications.

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I Built a Time Machine to the 1960s

Watching TV news from the past helps me get a grip on the present.

#computers-and-the-internet, #news-and-news-media, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #perlstein-rick, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #vietnam-war, #youtube-com

52-Year-Old Thelonious Monk Concert at Palo Alto High School to Be Released

An ambitious student named Danny Scher booked the jazz great at Palo Alto High School in Northern California. A recording of the event gathered dust for five decades.

#jazz, #monk-thelonious, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #palo-alto-album, #scher-danny

The Bumbling 1960s Data Scientists Who Anticipated Facebook and Google

In “If Then,” the historian Jill Lepore recounts the story of the Simulmatics Corporation, which tried to use primitive computing power to shape Americans’ behavior.

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How Much Can 1968 Tell Us About 2020?

Drawing parallels between the riots of the 1960s and the protests of today may only be taking us further from the truth, the historian Rick Perlstein writes.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kerner-commission, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #perlstein-rick, #police, #wills-garry

Trump Has Failed the QAnon Test

Past Republican leaders knew better than to allow the pathogens of extreme conspiracy theories to infect the political bloodstream.

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