I'd like to read about the connection between the counter culture/alternative culture in the 60s and the first generation of computer culture. I believe our thinking about computers and the internet contains a lot of DNA from the alternative part of the 60s, but I don't know where I can read about this subject. Your suggestions (preferably links to online material) are welcome!
Reading the (fantastic) book Nixonland, the section on the late 60s counterculture mentions a mini-epidemic of parents murdering their own children due to their involvement in the counterculture, the generational gap having become so starkly polar and vast that they felt their own children were alien. The book doesn't go into a ton of depth and I'd like to know more.
I've started reading the the entirety of Richard Stark's Parker series, and I can't help noticing that the ages of cars are always mentioned. It's never just a Pontiac, it's a "two year old Pontiac." Or, "The Cadillac was four years old." Did cars in the '60s have ridiculously short life spans? What's the deal?
Name-that-song filter, hard mode (?)... vintage soul heartbreak. [more inside]
Please recommend some newer songs that have that 60s psychedelic sound. (Like the recent Ray LaMontagne album or GOASTT.)
I'm making a Spotify playlist of rare 1960s garage pop not in English. French Ye-ye music is well covered online, I'm full up on that. But other than a couple of hints about Italian and Spanish singers from the Wikipedia Yeye page I haven't found much else. Give me your favorite examples of danceable, hip, poppy, swinging 60s tunes from other parts of the world! [more inside]
I'm trying to rebuild a now defunct internet radio station called "Technicolor Web Of Sound". One of the great things about TWOS was that in addition to playing psychedelic music from the late 60s was that it also played advertisements and concert promotions from that era: http://web.archive.org/web/20110926052525/http://www.techwebsound.com/playlist.cfm?promos=yes. These audio clips made the station sound very authentic. However, finding these audio clips is proving difficult. Does anyone know where I might start to track down these clips? [more inside]
Please help me find songs that sound like Lucifer Sam (Pink Floyd) and We Love You (Rolling Stones).
I'm trying to identify an English-language book by its cover as seen in a photo of my friend taken in 1970 when she was a year old. The original image is hard to make out, but I inverted it and made it black and white. Does anyone recognize it? [more inside]
Help me ID this disco font please? It's from an old flyer I'm trying to restore, the thin lines + jpg artifacts are stumping all the auto font identifiers out there. Thanks!
A recent (for me) music find, The Missing Links. I liked the one tune and so got their album and now I'm hunting for more like it. They sound kind of like The Stooges with a great keyboard player. What else sounds like the Stooges with a great keyboard player? Throw me your obscure and not so obscure 60's garage punk recommendations!
TV/Movie Title Sequence Filter: For production reference I'm trying to figure out what tv/movie title sequence I am picturing - it's from the 60s (or has that retro feel), is an animation of/or including straight lines in different arrangements, they are (sometimes?) blue. [more inside]
I need help identifying a song I heard this afternoon. Difficulty: in French, and no Google luck. [more inside]
Antiques Metafiltershow: Can you help me identify any of these wild, weird, artsy household features? [more inside]
Help me figure out this 60s song. [more inside]
Millinery filter: What are the 60s-70s mod hats that look sort of like a cross between a riding helmet and a baseball cap called? [more inside]
Help me find a song! It was on Sirius radio on July 23, between 10am and 3pm mountain time. It was a female singer singing over what sounded like a very Pet Sounds-like arrangement. She sounded like Joni Mitchell to me. (Maybe it was Joni Mitchell!) The song also sounded very familiar. I thought it was Both Siders, Now, but I listened to that song again and that's just guitar. This song sounded just a little more upbeat, more poppy, but equally as beautiful. Any ideas?
What boozes and other items would go well in a Mad Men themed gift basket?
50's and 60's songs appropriate for "twisting" to (that aren't by Chubby Checker)? [more inside]
I watched Darjeeling Limited / Hotel Chevalier a while ago and I fell in love with one of the songs featured in these movies. The song is Where do you go my lovely by Peter Sarstedt. To me it conveys sophistication, melancholy and nostalgia. What other songs from this era would I probably like?
Help me fill my ipod with more powerpop... specs inside. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for fun, campy, European softcore sex romps from the late 60s or early 70s -- in the vein of Barbarella, Danger: Diabolik, or Radley Metzger. Bonus points for instant streaming on Netflix. [more inside]
I'm looking for a good sampling of 40s, 50s, and 60s Jazz in Spanish. I know Spain wasn't producing a lot of Jazz throughout those decades but there was obviously a lot of Cuban influence in American Jazz and I assume Latin American influence as well. Who were the Sarah Vaughans and Louis Primas who performed in Spanish, and more importantly where can I get my hands on their music?
Suggest some 60s-70s funk-soul for a fan of Roy Ayers. Instrumental preferred but not necessary. [more inside]
Manhattan Mad Men Tour: Fellow I know coming into town is a huge Mad Men buff. I'd like to show him around places that evoke the show's era and style. What places are like the Campbell apartment, the Pierre, the Oak Room, and such? Is it even possible to do it on a budget? [more inside]
Quick and simple "60's" outfit for a guy who has to go to a theme party. Any ideas??
I want to listen to luscious old (pre 90s) music that sounds fresh and as if it could have been recorded and released today (in terms of production values, instrumentation, orchestration, etc.) Can you recommend some? [more inside]
Any good books on old-aging? [more inside]
Does anyone remember a website a few years back that would post scans of crafts and recipe books from the 50's-70's for the sole purpose of making fun of them for being horrible? I think it had "Lavender" in the name somewhere? It might be still going. It was a huge site with a lot of different sections of content and all of it was really funny. [more inside]
Was there a measured increase in drug addiction due to the hippie movement? What were the drug addiction rates like in the 1950's compared to the 60's and 70's. Are there any resources that have historical data on addiction rates and the particular substances popular at the time? [more inside]
What is a good book to read about late 60s early 70s England? Non-fiction preferred but well-researched fiction is fine too. [more inside]
60s song filter: We are trying to find the song from the 60s (?) that is about a car/motorcycle crash. The song has singing and a narrative part if memory serves. At one point the girl screams: "Lookout! Lookout! Lookout! Lookout!"
Heard a good song on the radio, but can't find it anywhere... i'm guessing it's from the 60s, because it sounds kind of dylan-y/protest-y and there's a lyric that goes something like "i need someone to help explain the war"... i thought the song title would be I'M A CHILD or I AM A CHILD because the song is made up of lyrics like "I need someone to help me tie my shoes/I am a child, "I need someone to help me lose the blues/I am a child"... I made those up, but you get the idea... ring any bells?
Where can I get Japanese (Korean?) cover versions of American music from the 40's, 50's and 60's? (And, more specifically, the cover versions that feature as incidental music in Robert Altman's film M*A*S*H) [more inside]
Q: What do Butch Cassidy and Bonsai Kitty have in common? A: A terrific, zany soundtrack. What kind of music is this? [more inside]
My mom has a memory of a TV show or movie she saw in the early 60s and she cannot figure out where it came from. It involves a boy going on a picnic and then there being a car accident where everyone but the boy and the dog died; he responds to a picture of a dog while in therapy and then he gets reunited with the dog. Her full description after the jump. [more inside]
Why does early 60s black and white television look so good? [more inside]
I'm looking for advice, instructions, and products to achieve a 60's hair and makeup look. And by adopt, I mean look like this every day. [more inside]
If you weren't dead in the 60s or know more than me, help me understand this "Beatles-Stones rivalry." [more inside]
60's movie: Robert Swan? [more inside]
I'm looking for sixties party music. [more inside]
I'm looking for way to get a CD or record single of an obscure 60s Saskatoon band. They're called Witness Inc. [more inside]
I will be working behind a bar at a 60's themed art opening... So what should I wear? [more inside]
My friends and I are throwing a large, time-travel themed dance party. I need recommendations for funk, soul, and R&B to play during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, as I'm deeply asea in this area. [more inside]
Nowerdays we have ratings on films (PG, PG-13, 15, 18, etc). In the 50's or 60's what was the certificate for the films? [more inside]
I'm looking for good non-fiction books about the US in the 60s. I'm interested in the social upheavals that occurred then and I'm particularly interested in the anti-war protests and things like the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
I love old cars from the 50s and 60s - especially pickup trucks - and I've always dreamed of owning one. Unfortunately my auto expertise is limited to oil changes and, vaguely, what a carburateur does. I assume you have to have a lot of knowledge to keep an antique car running. Then again, they are much simpler machines than modern vehicles. Right? Where would you recommend picking up the necessary know-how? [more inside]
Prog Rockers? It's safe to come out... even if only for a couple minutes. That's it, c'mon. I'm looking for people's opinions when it comes to "desert island" must-have progressive rock album classics from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Can you recommend a few?