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The '60s, Through the Notebook of a Rock Critic

Sep 24, 2015

Sex, drugs, and rock & roll -- now there's a phrase that conjures up images and memories of the 1960s. But of course it wasn't all peace and love. The counterculture was completely intertwined with the serious challenges and changes that swept America in that decade, from civil rights and women's rights to the trauma of Vietnam and the anti-war movement. The violence, turmoil, and clashes between the generations paved the way for a surge in self-expression and creativity. We saw it through protests on college campuses, we watched it in the marches, and -- maybe most of all -- we heard it in the music that would become the common thread that wove it all together.

As rock music became a force of change, a young kid from the Bronx named Richard Goldstein launched his career as a music journalist and set off on his own revolutionary path, creating a new genre of criticism at The Village Voice and becoming an influential commentator on culture, politics, and sexuality. On this show we talk with Goldstein about his experience as a young journalist during one of the most fascinating and revolutionary decades.

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GUEST:

  • Richard Goldstein – is author of Another Little Piece of My Heart: My Life of Rock and Revolution in the '60s

MUSIC:

  • “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktail
  • “Down by the River,” Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • “Get My Heart Back Together,” Jimi Hendrix
  • "Piece of My Heart,” Janis Joplin
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