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donovan knows a beach where it never ends

DONOVAN CAME ON FAST in 1965 with three Top 10 hits in the UK: “Catch the Wind,” “Colours,” and “The Universal Soldier.” None of these came close to duplicating that success in the US. That didn’t prevent many from labeling him a “Dylan imitator” for both his music and his adoption of working man’s clothing. [Read more] “donovan knows a beach where it never ends”

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unplugging the white album (beatles ’68 part 3)

WE’RE OFF TO SEE THE MAHARISHI, the wonderful Maharishi of Oz!” On February 16, 1968, John and Cynthia Lennon and George and Pattie Harrison arrived in Delhi, later joined by Ringo and Maureen Starr and Paul McCartney and longtime girlfriend Jane Asher. They were there for a prolonged stay at the Rishikesh ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for special courses in Transcendental Meditation. [Read more] “unplugging the white album (beatles ’68 part 3)”

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how richard hamilton jazzed up the white album (beatles ’68 part 5)

ARTIST RICHARD HAMILTON was a fixture in the world of international art before the Beatles cut their first sides. For the 1956 exhibition called This Is Tomorrow, Richard Hamilton submitted a tiny (10 x 9-inch) collage titled “Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes so Different, so Appealing?” [Read more] “how richard hamilton jazzed up the white album (beatles ’68 part 5)”

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did paul mccartney really blow his mind out in a car in 1966?

A QUORA READER asked me “What is something that needs to be said about Paul McCartney?” This is an open-ended question and, for those of us who will go to our graves in awe of Beatlepaul but will probably go there also still trying to come to grips with Wingpaul, it’s also a loaded question. [Read more] “did paul mccartney really blow his mind out in a car in 1966?”

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wild dandelion stomping with bamboogie injections

BAMBOOGIE INJECTIONS is a contemporary Russian surf band whose first album is titled Wild Dandelion Stomping. This article looks at the Russian surf music scene of the past—something few of us were aware existed. We did know rock & roll was forbidden in the USSR but apparently, some of the music penetrated the Iron Curtain. [Read more] “wild dandelion stomping with bamboogie injections”

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the frank daniels discographies & labelographies project

FRANK DANIELS has been collecting records for a long time. Somewhere along the way, he started collecting all sorts of record-related data and information. For years now, he has been researching, compiling, assembling, and publishing several incredibly detailed and accurate Frank Daniels discographies (listings of records) and labelographies (breakdowns on the visual changes in the label designs of a given record company). [Read more] “the frank daniels discographies & labelographies project”

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between the buttons and the dandelion, we love you!

GREAT SINGLES IN 1967 by established artists that should have been BIG hits but weren’t were common. For example, Buffalo Springfield’s Mr. Soul, the Byrds’ Lady Friend, and the Hollies’ King Midas In Reverse (and I could go on but that’s grist for another mill). But perhaps the biggest disappointment was the Rolling Stones second single of the year, We Love You / Dandelion. [Read more] “between the buttons and the dandelion, we love you!”

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a few faverave albums of the cut-out era

THIS ARTICLE addresses the first few years in which deleted record albums flooded retail stores across the country. Stores that had never contemplated a bargain bin in their record department started one and record-buying was never the same. But these records should have had a huge impact on the early record collectors price guides, but did not. [Read more] “a few faverave albums of the cut-out era”

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complete davie allan & the arrows 45 discography and price guide

WHO ARE THOSE GUYS? Davie Allan & The Arrows recorded the most frenzied instrumentals the world has ever heard! Allan’s fuzzed-out guitar was an audio compass pointing towards freedom, sex, danger and violence, his trashy fretboard riffs exploding behind flickering celluloid images of cycle runs, biker fights, drug freakouts and rubber-burnin’ hot rods.” [Read more] “complete davie allan & the arrows 45 discography and price guide”