a requiem for those timeless good good good vibrations

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THE MAJOR RECORD COMPANIES usu­ally re­leased new ti­tles on Monday, or at least they did in the ’60s. On April 12, 1965, I rushed home from school and ran up­stairs to my room and tossed my books on my bed and pulled my money out of my drawer and ran downstairs to the garage and picked up my bike and zoomed off to Joe Nar­done’s record shop and bought Mr. READ MORE

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

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 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! READ MORE

the transmogrification of free will into jukin’ bone

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IN 1970, local rock star and en­tre­pre­neur Joe Nar­done opened a teenage dance hall on the Public Square of down­town Wilkes-Barre, Penn­syl­vania. For­merly the Star­dust Ball­room, it was a second floor af­fair where cou­ples had prac­ticed ball­room dancing. It was just above the old Para­mount The­ater, then a first-run venue for new movies. Its trans­mo­gri­fi­ca­tion from old to new was per­fect for the time. READ MORE