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The ’60s were fabulous! It was a decade of colorful joy, vividness, liberation and creativity. It was also a time of crossing lines, adventuring, experimenting and taking pride in being different. The ’60s were bold, eager, visionary and prolific! The ’60s were “swell”! I definitely love this period from the musical and whimsical points of   Read More …

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“Everybody thinks how great it must have been in the ‘60’s. Well, let me tell you – it was! I don’t think there will ever be anything quite like it again!” In his most recent book – “Almost Famous: Journey to the Summer of Love”, Alan Lee Brackett candidly presents the ’60s exactly as they were:   Read More …

After I’ve heard for the first time “Forget Him”, Bobby Rydell instantly reached a top place in my ’60s favourite daydreaming playlist. His strong velvety voice is tender and emotional, like a warm comforting embrace given to his listeners. After I’ve seen for the first time Allan Slutsky’s “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”, it became the documentary I can watch over and over again and still   Read More …

Freda Kelly is about 70 now, a grandmother living in a common British house, far from the glamorous stardom and wealth of the Beatles. She is an ordinary nice lady, going to work everyday and enjoying the company of her family. Nothing gives away the fact that she used to be have the most wanted job in the   Read More …

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If you’re a huge Johnny Cash fan, you will surely find this book fascinating. If you’re just a fan of good music, you’ll be delighted to discover a touching story and an inspiration for the days to come. Firstly, this book is truly amazing just because it reproduces Johnny Cash’s handwriting – even with his own   Read More …

I found this movie to be a puzzle. Pieces of Brian Wilson’s life are flying back and forth, in a frantic sequence of events. Lapidary dialogue scenes and expanded musical parts alternate abruptly. And so it was Brian’s phrenetic existence till then, as the movie reveals. Despite his musical brilliance, he is torn apart by   Read More …

The Bearpit Brothers offered me the honour to listen in advance the songs of their new EP. Their last EP I’ve listened was whimsically presented on OldiesMusicBlog. The Bearpit Brothers have moved on a few years since the first EP – now we are in the early 1960s. Probably a tiny bit more pop than   Read More …

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Flowers in the hair, hippies running naked, VW buses and hash brownies… are all to be found in this Ang Lee movie, reminiscent of the ’69 summer of love. “Perspective shuts out the universe, it keeps the love out”, as one the characters states. The film presents two stories that mingle on the way: Elliot’s   Read More …

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“Call the Midwife” is a British drama series that revives the family life of 1950’s East End London. Children’s laughter, mothers’ gossip, lovers’ whispers and the smooth sound of vinyls are all to be found in this enchanting series. The urban wounds of the war are slowly but surely replaced with the colourful times of swing   Read More …

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I thank Bill Medley after finishing the last page of his memoir. For letting me gain a little more self-confidence, ambition and determination. For sharing his lifelong experience with simplicity and sincerity. For being genuinely kind by writing in his preface:“Thanks for investing a piece of your life in learning about mine”. No, I thank   Read More …

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