It was 40 years ago today …

… Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. It’s hard to believe that the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” turned 40 this June. Undeniably one of the greatest — if not greatest– albums of all time, the music on this 12-inch LP altered the path of rock music and impacted popular culture in […]

“On the Road” for 50 years

… the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the […]

Brain Waves

Ever wonder about the sea of electromagnetic radiation we find ourselves moving through? There’s all kinds of EMR: from cell phones, carrier waves, radio waves, TV waves, portable phones, WiFi, Ethernet, radar waves, microwave ovens, remote control devices, garage door openers, electronic toys, power lines, base stations, intercoms, computers, monitors, electrical appliances, X-rays, medical devices […]

Revolution …

Three films have been released to DVD this week that pretty much sum up many of the “revolutionary” feelings that abounded in the 1960s. All three are from The Criterion Collection, which puts out defintive versions of major and classic films from the silent era to the present. First off is Lindsay Anderson’s “If ….” […]

Harry the Hipster Gibson

Here’s someone you won’t remember from the 1960s: Harry the Hipster Gibson, a wild man piano player/jive singer who could easily have been the inspiration for such rock heroes as Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard and a whole generation of wild, rockabilly performers. I first came across him in a PBS pledge special “Soundies: […]

Madness and Laing

Schizophrenia, a disease marked by distorted thinking, hallucinations and reduced ability to feel normal emotions, has long been associated with heredity. Recently, some researchers have come close to pinpointing the gene responsible for a susceptibility to the disease — and have come up with a theory that comes close to validating the work of one […]

Notes From the Apocalypse

Worried that the end is at hand? Then add this to your Apocalyptic Notebook: Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation’s honeybees could have a devastating effect on the world’s dinner plate. Honeybees don’t just make honey; they pollinate such crops as apples, nuts, […]

Pop Goes Monterey

It’s been 40 years since the Monterey International Pop Festival shook the fledgling rock world and helped establish the counterculture and the Summer of Love. In June of 1967, the spirit of “Music, Love and Flowers” brought more than 200,000 people to Monterey, California to participate in the world’s first rock festival. Performers from San […]