Re: American Experience 1964 (on PBS)
posted at 1/16/2014 2:58 PM EST
In response to devildavid's comment:
In response to yogafriend's comment:
Well, I guess I'm the only person who watched this. :P
The emphasis of this documentary was not music, BTW. The brief segment on the Beatles was stunning nonetheless. :)
One last piece of featured music, however, was "A Change is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) which was released in 1964 as well; that's a song that resonates. See, 1964 was a fierce and amazing year in American history, and an outstanding year to have been born.
Sam Cooke is one artist that I place in a special category I call transcendent.
Some others I put there are Hank Williams, Sr., Duke Ellington, and of course Howlin' Wolf.
The song, "A Change ..." is certainly transcendent as well, and is just as moving hearing it today; it will never get old. We've come so far, but (still) have such a long way to go. I did not know this song was released in 1964 until I watched the documentary.
I can't imagine how anyone could write about the music of any era and not put it into a social context, so the books sound good. I've heard of Guralnick mostly b/c I know he's from Boston, and a source of local pride. Had no idea he'd written the number of books that he has, either.
BTW, 'murder' was my word; I should have used homicide, as that is correct. The homicide wasn't really investigated beyond the belief that it was self-defense ... so no one will ever know. And even if it was self-defense, that doesn't mean he deserved to die ... very sad. This particular era of American history is of interest to me, yes, so I'd probably like the books mentioned. BTW, I am in a history-related profession, and my focus is 20th century history, American. It's certainly part of the reason my "in-take" is not the same as the average person. I'm a geek. :) I've had the chance to work on some interesting projects, but my specialty isn't music; therefore, I do admire Guralnick and others of his ilk out there. :)