The Kids of Today, Man

One of my absolute favorite radio shows is the CBC’s Rewind, which plumbs the (quite extensive) depths of the CBC radio archives for interesting historical material. The programs are made available (briefly) as downloadable podcasts on this page, though once they’re gone from there, you’re mostly out of luck.

Lately, they’ve been broadcasting a lot of stuff from the very early 1970s – the current episode as I write this is about Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, for example, from 1969. (It’s highly entertaining, and I suggest you give it a listen.)

That program reminded me of another they broadcast a year or so ago – an old program called “Something to Say” from September 1970, featuring quite long, quite extensive, and immensely fascinating interviews about rock ‘n’ roll with Grace Slick, Jim Morrison, and Charlie Allen (18MB, 40-minute MP3).

You probable know who Grace Slick is, and who Jim Morrison was, but… Charlie Allen? Turns out he was the singer for a band called Pacific Gas and Electric.

In all seriousness, this has got to be one of the most fascinating sets of sociological interviews concerning rock music ever. I know a lot of you might want to skip forward to the part with Morrison (who died less than a year after the interview was broadcast), or Grace Slick, but Charlie Allen’s bit at the beginning is just as interesting a glimpse into 1970 as the other two interviews.

As the CBC interviewer puts it, “Rock and roll isn’t just a fad, it’s the music of a generation, who’ve grown up in the Atomic Age, the age of space, jet travel, a rising tide of noise, instant communication, material abundance, and rapidly changing concepts in human moral beliefs. For young people, rock and roll seems to be a unifying force, not simple a means of enjoyment, but a way of expressing what they think and feel about life and what’s going on…”

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Enjoy; I know I do.

Published in: General, History | on July 2nd, 2009| Comments Off on The Kids of Today, Man

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