Saturday, August 27, 2011

VIDEO: Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime (original 1970)

Hi everyone,

How do you like this for a blast from the past? Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" was an old favourite of mine. This video clip was made in 1970, and is the original Mungo Jerry line-up. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

VIDEO: "Hippies" (2007)

Hi everyone,

The video below comes from the History Channel. It's a 90-minute documentary about hippie culture and the hippie movement - below is an interesting summary of the program, followed by the video - enjoy!

The Hippie movement was the most controversial and influential of modern times. Free love, the peace movement, drugs, Eastern religions and communes are explored. Meet the figures whose words and actions inspired it and destroyed it.

See how the vibrations from that era are still resonating today in almost every aspect of American life, from the clothes we wear, to the Personal Computer and the Internet. Finally, historic footage, stills and period graphics are interwoven with expert commentary and eyewitness testimony.

The 1960's and 1970's were a time of change, a time of revolution, a time of the Hippies. Hippies reached across the nation and their effects are still felt today.

I'm glad to see that they actually dug deeper than most newsreels of the time to research the individuals and groups that were an active part of the "hippie" rebellion movement.

Most clips of the time just show lots of flower-power children of the time smoking dope and dancing, then we're off to Woodstock, for the freaks and problems of drugs, violence, and overcrowding.

In this show, they research the individuals and groups that were involved, which is more than most reports did. Sure, drugs were involved, but also there was the rebellion factor; so many of the children watched their fathers work Mon-Fri, nine to five, and this ten years after the McCarthy hearings, the children were determined not to let a big government be completely in charge of their lives.

Probably also some anger over the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam war, and later, the Kent State shootings (see for info). The show also points out that by the time the Beatles and more run-away hippies arrived, the original goal had disappeared.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place

Allen Ginsberg/Corbis, via Magnolia Pictures
Timothy Leary, left, and Neal Cassady, 
who drove Ken Kesey's psychedelic bus
in 1964, in footage from “Magic Trip.”
by Charles McGrath, on The New York Times website:

Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place,” a film by Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood that opens on Friday, is an exercise in what they call “archival vérité.”

It’s a documentary that uses old footage to recreate a documentary that Kesey intended to make about his 1964 cross-country bus trip - the one so memorably chronicled in Tom Wolfe’s account, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”

In all Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, as his crew called themselves, shot some 40 hours of 16-millimeter film, but the project was never really finished. As Mr. Wolfe wrote, “Plunging in on those miles of bouncing, ricocheting, blazing film with a splicer was like entering a jungle where the greeny vines grew faster than you could chop them down in front of you.”

Kesey showed all 40 hours unedited a couple of times and also hacked the footage up into various shorter versions before stowing the film cans in his barn, near Eugene, Ore., where they rusted away - until Mr. Gibney and Ms. Ellwood showed up.

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