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on brian wilson and SMiLE (a convoluted conversation part 2)

THIS ARTICLE ADDRESSES BRIAN WILSON and the in­spi­ra­tion for his leg­endary SMiLE album. It bears the un­wieldy title of “On Brian Wilson And SMiLE (A Con­vo­luted Con­ver­sa­tion Part 2),” be­cause it is the second of a three-part ar­ticle. Please find Part 1, which is an in­tro­duc­tion to Arthur Koestler, and read it be­fore con­tin­uing with this article. [Continue reading]

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stax records’ main soul men of the ’60s: david porter and isaac hayes

“IT WAS SUMMER 1967, and Isaac Hayes was at Stax Records in Mem­phis watching De­troit burn. The local news car­ried alarming re­ports of a mas­sive riot in Motor City, which started when a po­lice raid on an after-hours bar turned into a tense standoff with pa­trons and by­standers. Gov­ernor George W. [Continue reading]

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david anderle’s won-won-wonderfully weird portrait of brian wilson

THINGS WERE GETTING WEIRD in Brian Wilson’s world when he met David An­derle. By the third quarter of 1966, many sig­nif­i­cant changes had taken place in his life and his sur­round­ings. PET SOUNDS and Good Vi­bra­tions and the SMiLE ses­sions that everyone in Los An­geles seemed to know about had brought a very dif­ferent kind of at­ten­tion to Brian that pre­vious Beach Boys records had not. [Continue reading]

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“the wild angels” is now a quinquagenarian (happy 50th!)

FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY, one of the quin­tes­sen­tial ’60s rock & roll sound­track al­bums to one the ’60s quin­tes­sen­tial biker ex­ploita­tion moves was re­leased. Ac­cording to Wikipedia, THE WILD ANGELS movie saw its gen­eral re­lease to Amer­ican the­aters on this day. The sound­track album of the same name was re­leased by Tower Records, an im­print of Capitol Records. [Continue reading]

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what was the first “rock” double-album of the ’60s?

 IT IS ACCEPTED “FACT” that two sem­inal works of pop­ular music—the Beach Boys’ PET SOUNDS and Bob Dy­lan’s BLONDE ON BLONDE—were re­leased on the same day, May 16, 1966. And there was a second reason to cel­e­brate that date: BLONDE ON BLONDE was also the first rock double-album of all-new studio record­ings, beating the Mothers of In­ven­tion’s FREAK OUT! [Continue reading]