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Sixties Music in the Prism of the Media

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Artwork: Miki Peled

I'm also a scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. During the daytime I am co-founder of Ourboox. In the evening I Read More
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Life and music in the sixties – what were they like?

What were the most important events of the sixties and how did they influence the music?

Did the media portray an ‘objective’ look at the sixties and its music?

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Sixties Music in the Prism of the Media by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג - Illustrated by Miki Peled - Ourboox.com

In the early sixties, singles (45s, introduced by RCA Victor in 1949) were generallly more important.

As the sixties progressed, the so called LPs (long-playing, introduced by Capitol Records in 1948) started to gain prominence.

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Sixties Music in the Prism of the Media by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג - Illustrated by Miki Peled - Ourboox.com

Lots of money was to be made from selling music sheets and books.

This after all, was the era before photocopying became common, and long before the internet.

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Sixties Music in the Prism of the Media by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג - Illustrated by Miki Peled - Ourboox.com

Listening to the radio on the go became possible because of the popularization of the transistor radio.

Made in Japan was initially derogatory.

My first portable radio was TERRIBLE.

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Sixties Music in the Prism of the Media by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג - Illustrated by Miki Peled - Ourboox.com

Sixties inventions included the halogen lamp, cassettes, artificial hearts, CDs, milk substitute.

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Sixties Music in the Prism of the Media by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג - Illustrated by Miki Peled - Ourboox.com

Inventions and New Products from 1950 to 1979. Sixties inventions from 2:55.

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Sixties Music in the Prism of the Media by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג - Illustrated by Miki Peled - Ourboox.com

Elvis Presley fell victim to some poor career choices.

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Viva Las Vegas Official Trailer #1 – Elvis Presley Movie (1964) HD

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In 1960 most pop songs were written by professional song writers in places like the Brill Building, by songwriters such as King/Goffin and Lieber/Stoller.

John Lennon “Stand By Me”

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Sixties Music in the Prism of the Media by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג - Illustrated by Miki Peled - Ourboox.com

The cold war was as America’s doorstep.

How The Cold War Happened (in 4 minutes)

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Soviet Russia was pictured in a negative light.

Somewhere, My Love (Lara’s Theme)

The late Maurice Jarre’s theme from David Lean’s film of Boris Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago” (1965) performed by the 101 Strings Orchestra.

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Who really killed Kennedy?

Hi quality footage of JFK Assassination

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The Vietnam War grew in proportions and with it the protests and outrage. Sparking fierce protest songs

Phil Ochs – White Boots Marching In A Yellow Land (1965 Demo)

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Ohio 1970 Kent State University

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Did Country Joe and the Fish think that this song could stop the war?

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WOODSTOCK 1969. NEXT STOP IS VIET NAM. Watch from 1:58

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The Sixties were about equality for African Americans

Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream Speech

1:23

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King

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“We Shall Overcome” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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How many integrated sixties bands can you name? How many do we talk about in the course?

 

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There were riots across America, for example Detroit 1967

To help end the disturbance, Governor George W. Romney ordered the Michigan National Guard into Detroit, and President Lyndon B. Johnson sent in Army troops. The result was 43 dead, 467 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed.

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Detroit 1967 – Gordon Lightfoot – Black Day in July

When at the same time, thousands of miles away…

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Sixties and Race on TV – Just my Theory

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But the guy who actually claimed to have written the twist was….

Hank Ballard – The Twist

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Hank Ballard on “To Tell the Truth” (November 13, 1961)

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TV:

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Movie, Themes and Songs

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West Side Story, 1961 (movie) – music  by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins – supercut with new version!

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and I Like to be in America….

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West Side Story, 1961 (movie) – music  by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins

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Compare  with this great ‘clashing of cultures’ scene from Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the roof – Lechaim (with subtitles)

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And in Hebrew…

Fiddler on the roof – Hebrew Ver.

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Themes from Movies

 

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James Bond 007 – Monty Norman

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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The Beatles Help! The Trailer

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A Hard Days Night Trailer

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The Beatles – “Let It Be” Trailer

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Compare with the recent documentary: Get Back

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Other movies: The Graduate

The Graduate – Trailer – HQ

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Midnight Cowboy

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Hair – war, peace, drugs, sex, love (movie 1979)

Hair Trailer

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Integration and Tolerance from 1:23 (have a look at the technologies that haven’t changed since 1968). Sidney Poitier was on a roll…

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Lots of movies were made about the sixties

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM Original 1987 Trailer Robin Williams

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