Tag Archives: Culture Wars

The Last Saturday Night

In January 1976 – a long time ago – Saturday Night topped the charts – a feel-good song recorded by the Scottish pop-rock band Bay City Rollers – the “tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh” as they were known, and then forgotten. The song was awful, … Continue reading

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No Right to Be Here

Desiderata – “desired things” in Latin – is the notion behind Les Crane’s 1971 spoken-word recording Desiderata – “You are a child of the universe… You have a right to be here.” That was the chorus, matched with soothing smug … Continue reading

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Everything That Good Honest Americans Should Hate

Those of us who graduated from college in 1969, as the curtain came down on the cultural/political/sexual/musical revolution that changed America and the world forever – if it did – turn seventy this year. That’s old, but we left the … Continue reading

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Imagine No Religion

Think back to October 1971 and John Lennon’s last wistful cri de coeur of the dying sixties counterculture – “Imagine there’s no heaven / It’s easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky” – … Continue reading

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The Culture War Resumes

America can stand down now. The holidays are over and we all dodged a bullet – no one brought up politics at dinner. Your conservative Fox News relatives didn’t sneer about Obama – the man won the election decisively – … Continue reading

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Country Strong

The music was never political. In junior high it was studying clarinet with that guy from the Pittsburgh Symphony – once a Julliard star, with a wife who had been one of those Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Cool. … Continue reading

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When Bullies Apologize

“Apology is only egotism wrong side out.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes It was a strange weekend, but handled appropriately. When you want to bury a story that is a bit embarrassing you release it late Friday, just after the broadcast … Continue reading

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