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    "One Hour of Vintage Summer Music"

    From Jake Westbrook on YouTube:


    Vintage Black Festival 1969

    (one man's "racism" is another man's "shit happens" - enjoy)


    um no I beg to differ totally on the spin in the blog post here: ...Black culture gets disappeared...et. al.

    EXACTLY THIS MUSIC was adored and beloved AT EXACTLY THE TIME, 1968-69, by 90% of my 100% white high school of 1,200 students (except for one black girl) on the southwest side of segregated Milwaukee.

    Most of the white kids of the Midwest at the time, "collegians" and "greasers" both did not partake of rock n'roll, cared not about Woodstock or counterculture, didn't even care for the Beatles, NO THEY LOVED "SOUL" music, and that is also exactly what they called it.

    At their proms there were the best soul bands they could afford, from that other side of town. (It was like: white musicians only played classical music, if you wanted dance music, you had to import black musicians!)

    Most just lacked interest in the counterculture, some disapproved of it. They loved Motown. (And not Elvis either, real Motown, by black performers.)

    If you watch "American Bandstand" from this era, you will see producers trying to push in the new white rock with brit precedence and counter culture influence to attract the east coast kids who were hip, but in the heartland it was still soul, soul, soul, Marvin Gaye all the way. So you see a lot of soul influence mixed in on the show from that time. And the rock was really more like pop top 40, al In the midwest, same with AM radio. mixed in with bubble gum! You had one "underground" FM station playing the music "freaks" liked.

    I would think most from-the-heartland white boomers would therefore find this movie to evoke all their fond memories of high school. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them didn't hire "soul" bands for their weddings a few years later as well.

    If not clear, i disagreed with the article, and yes, all the amazing festivals  were filled with great performers - Sly, Richie Havens, Wilson Pickett, Hendrix, later War. I remember a big Stay compilation from 1971 or so. Who supposedly had a prob with black musicians playing for black audiences?

    Edit: "Stax", not Stay

    Jazz on a Summer's Day re-release (Newport 1958)

    Brilliant long overview article. The Thelonius video doesn't do the justice of the text with it's deep-dive into the era, including a note of the already early tension between jazz and rock 'n roll.


    (only Blu-ray orders? not sure where else to find)




    Thank you.

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