January 25, 2012

What comes to mind when you hear “the Sixties”?

By Administrator

Jules Feiffer’s Little Murders, set in 1966, presents us with a very different vision of an era that is often reduced to slogans such as flower power, drugs, rock ‘n roll, and the adage “If you can remember the sixties, then you weren’t there.”

What comes to mind when you hear “the sixties”?

4 Responses to “What comes to mind when you hear “the Sixties”?”

  1. Emily Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I hear music! Music I listened to then as a little kid – the Monkees and Nancy Sinatra – and music I listen to now – Dylan, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, the Hollies, MIles Davis. You can hear the turbulence in the lyrics and the rhythms, and this pull to the past yet being drawn to some future unknown. It was a renaissance…and I’m glad I was alive to catch some of its energy.

  2. Ed Moser Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Yes, a renaissance. What I think of is hard to put into words, but “renaissance” is not a bad one. There was just an expectation of change from everyone, everywhere. Due to many things– TV, the bomb, the pill, the passenger jetliner, the computer– things were never going to go back to what they were before WWII, and society was just beginning to really absorb the implications. If tomorrow HAD to be different, just what part of that should we try to get control of for the better? Optimists didn’t dream; they feverishly worked for minority rights, synthetic materials, exploratory submarines, marketable literature and music beyond whitebread boundaries, and hell, even smart telephones! Pessimists cringed at the inevitability of political assassinations, computerized decision making, population pressure and nuclear dilemma. I don’t need to tell you which category Feiffer falls into here.

    In an interview, when asked if the Beatles would ever get together again, I once heard Paul McCartney say, “Yeah, but would it be as great? I’m not saying we weren’t the flags on top of the ship, but the whole boat was moving”. When I remember the 60s, I remember the boat moving.

  3. Loren Platzman Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I was born in 1951, so I suppose I must have been there, but I don’t remember it. At least, I don’t remember the world portrayed in Little Murders (or Hair or countless similar works). And I don’t recall that anyone in my world at the time thought of it as a age that would one day be considered worthy of retrospective. For my generation, it was the only world we knew. Although the 70′s and the 80′s were something of a bore, I suspect the current era will someday be recognized as remarkable, for reasons we can only dimly perceive at present. So, in a perverse way, when I think of the Sixties, I wonder what I’m missing this time around.

  4. Paige Says:
    January 25th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I think of a lot of people who weren’t as smart as they thought they were: the older ones who got us into Vietnam, and the younger ones who believed protest marches would solve all the problems their elders had brought about. We can see how well that worked.