Category Archives: youth

May 29 1966 Velvet Underground/Mothers Filmore West

May 29 1966 was my 14th birthday. A few days later I graduated from the 8th Grade of a Catholic grammar school south of Boston. I was no hippie. I wouldn’t hear the Velvet Underground until 1968. ROCK AND ROLL on the radio. I never saw the group play. To hear ROCK AND ROLL, please […]

HEAVY METAL ACCORDION by Peter Nolan Smith

Every boy has a best friend in his youth. In 1959 I was lucky enough to have two; my older brother Frunk and a neighbor. Chaney and I attended the same kindergarten class at Pinewood Elementary in Falmouth Maine and we did almost everything together boys were supposed to do that far north. In the […]

TIME HAS COME TODAY by the Chambers Brothers

In the late-60s I attended a Catholic Boys high school ten miles away from my house. No buses or trains ran between the suburbs on the outskirts of Boston and only connection between these bedroom communities was Route 128 orbiting Boston from Nantasket Beach in the South Shore to the North Shore fishing port of […]

Juvenile Mobile Lock-Up

The Catholic Church in Maine promoted procreation in hopes that those of the faith would demographically overwhelm the State’s predominant worship of Protestantism. A devout member of the Roman Church my mother produced six healthy children through the 1950s. Our family car was a Ford station wagon and my father feared one of us slipping […]

Pride of Man – Quicksilver Messenger Service

“Of God Pride of Man broken in the dust again.” How apropos for these troubled times. PRIDE OF MAN was written by Hamilton Camp. Quicksilver Messenger Service recorded it for their 1st album in 1968. On LSD John Cippolina’s guitar touched every cells in your soul with the chagrin of greatness. More proof I’m just […]