Music

History of Woodstock

HISTORY OF WOODSTOCK August 15 marks the anniversary of the “3-days of Peace & Music” held in 1969 at Max Yasgur’s 600 acre dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York, southwest of the village of Woodstock. I’d like to share with you what it was like to be there — the music,…

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History of The Beatles

HISTORY OF THE BEATLES On February 7, 1964, The Beatles landed at JFK Airport in New York. The airport had recently been renamed by a mourning country in honor of the President who had been assassinated just 77 days earlier. The airport was now full of 4,000 greeters. Not realizing who they were for, Paul…

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History of Peter Pan: the Disney Classic at 65

HISTORY OF PETER PAN All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. So begins my favorite Walt Disney animated movie, Peter Pan, which debuted 65 years ago today on February 5, 1953. The original movie poster said “It will live in your heart forever” and indeed it has. Why was this…

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History of The Day The Music Died

HISTORY OF THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED On February 3, 1959, a plane crash occurred in Iowa during a snow storm shortly after 1 am which killed three young rock and roll singers who would go down in history: Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. Their story would be captured, “long,…

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History of Christmas Music: more than just carols?

HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC Music early became a marked feature of the Christmas season. But the first chants, litanies, and hymns were in Latin and too theological for popular use. Under the influence of Francis of Assisi in the 13th century, we began to see the rise of the carol written in the vernacular. The word carol…

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History of The Beatles All You Need Is Love: 50 Years Ago

HISTORY OF ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: 50 YEARS AGO On this day 50 years ago, the Beatles released the song “All You Need Is Love.” On June 25, 1967, they participated in the Our World TV show which used the recently constructed satellite system and broadcast their performance across the globe. Beatles drummer Ringo…

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History of the Summer of Love — 1967: Part 4, Rock & Roll

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: PART 4, ROCK & ROLL It was fifty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile It was indeed 50 years ago today that The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts…

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History of the Summer of Love — 1967: Part 3, Drugs

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: DRUGS When I was a Resident Assistant at Berkeley in the early ’70s a local police officer I knew gave me a tour down Telegraph Avenue. He told me: “All the major drug deals on the West Coast go down within a two block stretch of Telegraph Avenue.…

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