Category Archives: 70s

IN THE ABSENCE OF AMNESIA by Peter Nolan Smith on KINDLE

New York in the summer of 1981 was everything it hadn’t been in the winter. The 90+ temperature boiled the asphalt. New Wave had replaced punk and somehow the city had escaped bankruptcy. Money flowed on the streets and even the East Village exhibited signs of regeneration, since abandoned tenements can only be burned so [...]

Valley Of Pot

August 1972 was five years past San Francisco’s Summer of Love. A college friend from Crane’s Beach and I had hitchhiked from Boston to the West Coast in 45 hours. A mutual girlfriend, Marilyn, was hostessing topless at a Barbary Coast strip club. 3 months’ tips paid a year’s tuition. After a few hugs and [...]

Jesse Winchester RIP

Back in 1970 I found an LP by a folksinger named Jesse Winchester. I loved this LP, especially the songs YANKEE LADY, SNOW, and THE BRAND NEW TENNESSEE WALTZ. Jesse Winchester never played in Boston or Cambridge or anyplace in the USA, since he had fled the USA to avoid the Draft in 1967 after [...]

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS Aquarium

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxU2xmjaRqE During my trip to 2009 trip to Russia I was lucky enough to Seve Gakkel, the celloist of the famous Soviet era band Aquarium. The band dated back to 1972, when Boris Grebenshchikov and Anatoly Gunitsky joined forces with several musicians to play art at Leningrad restaurant. The KGB hated rock, but somehow the [...]

THE FLIGHT OF A FAT MAN on Kindle

Man has aspired to flight from time immemorial. In the winter of 1971 my New Yorker friend Eddie fantasized about soaring in a glider. He had one big problem. Eddie weighed 450 pounds. THE FLIGHT OF A FAT MAN recounts Eddie’s achieving his dream thanks to a teenage girl from the South Shore. Sookie had [...]