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May 28, 2013

It was over 40 years ago today-ish

that Sgt Pepper was going on about how it was 20 years ago today.

That's to say, the "Summer of Love" is 46 years old: It's longer ago today than the summer of flappers and charlestons and bootleg gin was back in 1967. But, boomers being the most self-absorbed generation in history, we're going to be living with boomer pop culture until the very last one keels over at the age of 130 singing "Give Peace A Chance". Light My Fire: Steyn's Song of the Week

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 28, 2013 8:04 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Supposedly the "Rolling Stones" started their band in 1962, 51 years ago. In '62, 51 years before that was the dawn of the recording industry, and commercial wireless (radio) was still a decade away.

I periodically use this anecdote to help illustrate how, in a number of ways, we 21st-century "moderns" have slowed down progress markedly. I get a lot of blank, uncomprehending looks.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 29, 2013 9:59 AM

"Light My Fire"

The Doors were a revolutionary group, pioneering the concept of taking over ten minutes to play less than two and a half minutes worth of music. This concept was later perfected by Pink Floyd and has not been heard from since.


Posted by: Mikey NTH at May 29, 2013 6:52 PM

As an aside - the B-52 Stratofortress went operational in 1955.* It will also be around for quite a number of years hence.

And infinitely more useful than either The Doors or Pink Floyd.

*And the DC-3 is still around.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at May 29, 2013 6:58 PM

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