guest blogging on “sixties music secrets”

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THE ART OF GUEST-BLOGGING is an an­cient and ven­er­able one. And it’s ex­actly what it sounds like: posting an ar­ticle on an­other per­son’s blog at the other per­son’s in­vi­ta­tion. Why would a blogger want to be a guest blogger? Well, to reach new people and hope­fully have a few of them follow him back to his blog.

It’s ar­guably the best strategy to build a fol­lowing for your blog (or, in the new ter­mi­nology, “build your brand”). I have known it was a good strategy for the six years I have been blog­ging but, for one reason or an­other, simply never got around to it.

But I just did!

Be­tween 1964 and 1966 the Bea­tles made less than four dozen shows in America, two of them in Seattle, Wash­ington, in Au­gust 1966. 14-year-old Marcia Long was in the au­di­ence for one of those shows and she re­calls the event from the per­spec­tive of a fan fifty years re­moved from the event in a just-published article.


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At the time that the Fab Four ap­peared in Seattle in 1966, both sides of their new single had just de­buted on the Cash Box Top 100: Yellow Suma­rine at #24 and Eleanor Rigby at #58. The former would reach #1 while the latter peaked at #12.

Secrets of ’60s music

My role in that piece was to frame it with some back­ground in­for­ma­tion, edit and piece it all to­gether, and make the whole thing look good and read better.

Rather than pub­lish it on my Rather Rare Records site, I queried Rick Shoe­maker to see if he might want me as a guest blogger on his Six­ties Music Se­crets blog.

And he did! So now Marcia and I are guest blog­gers on Six­ties Music Secrets.

Rick sub­ti­tles his site “Music, Com­men­tary and Trivia from the 60s.” In an in­tro­duc­tion to SMS he states, “Six­ties Music Se­crets is an eclectic, en­ter­taining, and in­for­ma­tive audio/visual blog sup­ported with in­sightful con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the knowl­edge­able, cu­rious, and nos­talgic, re­garding all things mu­sical from the 1960’s.”

So now you can read about Mar­cia’s ex­pe­ri­ence of wanting to see the Bea­tles (dreaming) and then taking the steps to make it happen (ac­tion!) fifty-three years ago in I Was Sure Paul Would See Me.”


Beatles Seattle 1966 PaulJohn onstage WallieFunk 1000

FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page is Paul and John on stage at the Seattle Col­i­seum on Au­gust 25, 1966. It was taken by local pho­tog­ra­pher and news­paper pub­lisher Wallie Funk:

“One day I heard they were coming to Seattle. I had a paper. I wanted our paper to have a pres­ence. The younger gen­er­a­tion seemed to be forming new al­liances with some ex­tra­or­di­nary mu­si­cians. The Bea­tles were be­gin­ning to create an in­ter­na­tional stir. I was aware every place they went they were de­vel­oping a huge youth fandom. People said, ‘I’m not going to have my kids ex­posed to this.’ It didn’t make any difference—they came.”

They came and Wallie went and took some photos that can be found in the ar­ticle “Cel­e­brating Seven Decades of Cre­ative In­spi­ra­tionon the Ana­cortes Mag­a­zine website.




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