Category:
1960s

The Cure

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 23, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, Television, 1960s, Diseases, Love & Romance

Kirby’s Flying Ballet



This is the apparatus that famously caused Mary Martin to fly as Peter Pan.

Wikipedia page for Peter Foy.





Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 18, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Technology, Theater and Stage, Special Effects, 1950s, 1960s

The Waffle Party

With all this talk of rogue Republicans forming a new party, I hope they choose a name as evocative as that of Canada's The Waffle.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 12, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Odd Names, Politics, 1960s, 1970s, North America

The Punched Tape of Life

The first 70 seconds are abstract, but then come visuals that--tell a story?

View six more of his films here.

His Wikipedia page.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 09, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Movies, Music, Avant Garde, 1960s, Europe

The Sympowwowsium



In October [1969], several prominent figures within the counterculture and festival scene, including Ken Kesey and Woodstock promoter Michael Lang, gathered in New Mexico for a socalled “Sympowwowsium.” Robert Santelli, author of Aquarius Rising: The Rock Festival Years,
claims that, with the explosive popularity of summer music festivals, and fresh off Woodstock,
those gathered sought an answer to the burning question within the counterculture: “What Comes
After Woodstock?” Santelli writes, “The group was unanimous in its feeling that the rock festival was a potent force in the continuation of the counterculture and should be used to further advocate alternative life-styles, aside from presenting the newest sounds in rock music.”39 These
gathered individuals, as well as hundreds of thousands of countercultural youth spread throughout the country, were eager to bring the Nation back together once again


Source.

Apparently, ROLLING STONE #49 had a piece on this historic conference, but I can't find digital access to it. I'd love to know more about this conference of hippie movers and shakers.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 08, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, Conferences, Conventions, Meetings and Symposia, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s

Avakoum Zahov, the Soviet James Bond

Avakoum Zahov was a fictional secret agent who featured in the novels of the Bulgarian writer Andrei Gulyashki. Zahov made his first appearance in the 1959 novel The Zakhov Mission. He returned in the 1966 novel Avakoum Zahov versus 07 — in which he battles and defeats a British agent known as '07'.

image source: pulp curry



There have been persistent rumors that Gulyashki created Zahov at the behest of the KGB in an attempt to produce a Soviet James Bond. Details from an article by Andrew Nette:

Journalist and popular historian Donald McCormick was the first to raise the idea that Gulyashki was involved in a propaganda scheme to create a proletarian Bond. In his 1977 book Who’s Who in Spy Fiction, McCormick lists the Bulgarian as a ‘novelist who responded to the KGB’s request for writers to glorify the deeds of Soviet espionage and to improve its own image in the early sixties. The object was to popularise secret agents of the Soviet Union as noble heroes who protected the fatherland and it was launched by Vladimir Semichastny, the newly appointed head of the KGB in 1961, when he contributed an article to Izvestia on this very subject.’

It is not clear where McCormick got his information, but others have since picked up the claim and run with it. The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory states that Gulyashki ‘was invited by the KGB to refurbish the image of Soviet espionage which had been tarnished by the success of James Bond’. Likewise, Wesley Britton claims in Beyond Bond: Spies in Fiction and Film that, in 1966, the Bulgarian novelist was hired by the Soviet press to create a communist agent to stand against the British spy ‘because of Russian fears that 007 was in fact an effective propaganda tool for the West’.

"My name is Zahov, Avakoum Zahov" just doesn't have the same ring as "Bond, James Bond".

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 06, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Literature, Books, Spies and Intelligence Services, 1960s

Carousel Kitchen

Did anyone ever actually want this, or build it, outside of the ad man's imagination?



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 06, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Domestic, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Advertising, 1960s

Operation Decoy - the song

In August 1962, New York City cops patrolled the streets while dressed as women in order to trap muggers. They called this Operation Decoy.

I didn't realize, when I posted about Operation Decoy two years ago, that it had inspired a song.

More info: Discogs




Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 23, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Police and Other Law Enforcement, 1960s

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