Strange Days

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Music and Madness in the Heart of the Sixties

Quite a Time to be a Kid

Once upon a time, U.S. media peddled dynamic optimism to American youngsters. Ward and June were wise, kind, and generous. Likewise Sheriff Taylor and Ozzie and Harriet. Ricky? Pure charisma. U.S. heroes fought and won every war – though never on U.S. soil. Returning home, they became witty and inspirational leaders. Sure, the Cuban missile crisis was scary, but JFK defused it masterfully. And we were reaching for the stars, having already booked a flight to the Moon.

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But then on November 22, 1963, that radiant New Frontier went dark with soul-crushing finality, and soon U.S. media had a different tale to tell: Death stalked American kids, not only in Vietnam, but also in city streets, a Klan-infested South, and even college campuses. Why? To a great extent, because of the lethal madness and incompetence of the feeble-minded heirs of those we'd most admired and trusted. From 1963 through 1968, all of our nation's greatest and most revered political icons were shot dead before our eyes. Medgar Evers, John Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy: all slain as we looked on. Strange days, indeed.

The music, however, was mind-bogglingly good. One of the main things that made all that death and mayhem in the 1960s endurable for those of us who grew up then was a superb body of popular music that evolved and improved even faster than America could descend into the depths of insanity.

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