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Swinging Through the Sixties - The Beatles and Beyond - Episode #14: ‘Jesus and the Mob – The Beatles in the Windy City’

6/17/2018
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The Beatles played five shows in Chicago between 1964 and 1966—more than any other American city—and there was no little drama: from the total hysteria of their first gig at the International Amphitheater and staying at a Mob-run hotel during their second visit to kicking off their third and final tour with press conferences defending John’s “more popular than Jesus” remarks. Re-live the excitement of those years via live Windy City performances by the Fab Four and on-the-spot interviews...

Duration:02:16:47

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #13: 'Swinging Decade Guilty Pleasures’

5/27/2018
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The things we loved back in the 1960s that we're now embarrassed about, as well as the things we still love from the 1960s that we should be embarrassed about: the music, movies, TV shows, products, fashions, you name it. The musical content on this show includes:

Duration:02:11:39

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #12: 'Beatles U.S. vs. Beatles U.K.’

5/3/2018
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Back in the 1960s, courtesy of Capitol Records executive Dave Dexter, Jr., American Beatles fans bought different records and often heard very different mixes to those enjoyed by their British counterparts: ones bathed in reverb and converted into fake stereo “with the assistance” of Mr. Dexter. Those mixes have long since been eliminated from the catalogue, but they’re back with a vengeance in this show—and subjected to the scrutiny of Messrs. Taros, Buskin, Bartock and Kozinn as they...

Duration:01:50:50

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #11: 'Murder, Mayhem, Music and Movies - The 1st Week of April '68'

4/9/2018
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Even by the standards of the 1960s, it was quite a week: the murder of peaceful-protest civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., resulting riots across the U.S.A., multilateral talk of a ceasefire in the Vietnam war, the fall of Czechoslovakia’s communist government as part of the pro-democracy movement’s ‘Prague Spring,’ the appointment of Pierre Trudeau as Canadian Prime Minister, the release of movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes, and a wide array of...

Duration:02:12:42

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #10: 'The Psychedelic Sound''.

3/26/2018
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What elements make up a psychedelic song-be it rock, pop or folk, British or American, East or West Coast? 1960s artists didn't categorize the music. They were just pushing the envelope-lyrically, musically, technologically-while ingesting the necessary chemicals. So, differentiating between the authentic, borderline and phony is a largely subjective topic, as revealed in this episode's acid-drenched discussion between Richard, Erik, Allan and Craig. And there's also a brief cameo by...

Duration:02:35:29

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #9: 'The Trip: from Rubber Soul to Revolver - How LSD Impacted The Beatles'.

3/12/2018
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"I don't see too much difference between Rubber Soul and Revolver," George said in the 'Beatles Anthology' documentary. "To me, they could be Volume One and Volume Two." Many might think he should have paired Revolver with Sgt. Pepper. But, bearing in mind that George wasn't nearly as involved with Pepper, let's view things from his perspective... In August 1965, John and George took acid intentionally for the first time, together with Ringo. In October and November, The Beatles recorded...

Duration:02:16:35

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #8: 'Actors Go Pop (Part 1)'

2/22/2018
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This show's just the first installment of a multi-parter because, if you do a little research, you'll discover that it might be easier to compile a list of famous actors who, back in the 1960s, didn't record a pop song… or album… or several of them. They were all at it, on both sides of the Atlantic, and some of the results weren't nearly as bad as you might think. Some were actually quite good while others were at least amusing. Such is the varied selection we have here:

Duration:01:20:12

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #7: 'Worst Hit Records of the 1960s – Part 1’

2/7/2018
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Just because a record’s a hit doesn’t mean it’s good. And there are many good records that never achieve chart success. This show focuses on the former: 1960s singles that cracked the top 100 in the U.S. and/or U.K.—in certain cases even topping it—yet which are universally condemned or divide opinions: some people love them, others hate them. Incorporating several of their own choices with those of listeners, Richard and Erik bravely take a trip through an assortment of Sixties...

Duration:02:02:58

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #6: ‘The Beatles – George & Ringo’s White Album’

1/23/2018
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In this final installment of the STTS ‘White Album’ trilogy, Erik and Richard team up with musician Craig Bartock and musicologist Allan Kozinn to discuss the contributions by The Beatles’ lead guitarist and drummer – as well as what might have been in terms of tracks that didn’t make it onto the album. In so doing, they prove that, between them, the pair would have been capable of creating far more than just an EP! Once again, Craig doesn’t have a track listing – but the other three...

Duration:02:32:35

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #5: 'The Profumo Affair - Sex, Lies... and Beatlemania'

1/7/2018
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Pimps, drug dealers, call girls, kinky orgies involving members of the ruling class, a government minister sharing a mistress with a Russian spy, a suicide… and the Prime Minister’s Resignation. This was the scandal that rocked Britain in 1963—along with The Beatles who simultaneously provided an alternative form of entertainment. Among the featured tracks: ‘From Russia with Love’ – Matt Monroe ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret’ – Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas ‘Runaway’ – Del...

Duration:02:11:59

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #4: ‘The Beatles—Paul McCartney’s White Album’

12/14/2017
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In this second instalment of an STTS ‘White Album’ trilogy, Richard and Erik are once again joined by musician Craig Bartock and musicologist Allan Kozinn to discuss an incredibly diverse collection of Paul McCartney tracks; ranging from novelty numbers and classic ballads to proto-grunge head-bangers and timeless rockers. While Craig’s happy to kick things off with ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’ and end with ‘Hey Jude’, his three colleagues have come up with their own track...

Duration:02:34:31

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #3: 'Notable Namechecks in Song'

12/3/2017
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Not tribute songs. More like honourable mentions. Some made in jest. Some a nod and a wink (nudge-nudge, say no more). All cultural reflections of their era. Listened to and contrasted within their proper context, they tell a fascinating Sixties story, populated with colourful characters and some pretty juicy backstories... The tracks in this case—The Beatles’ ‘Taxman and Dig It’, Bob Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Free’, Paul Simon’s ‘A Simple Desultory Philippic’, John Lennon and the Plastic Ono...

Duration:01:54:45

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #2: 'The Beatles - John Lennon's White Album'

11/18/2017
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Who else but The Beatles could produce multiple landmark albums within a landmark album? While A Hard Day’s Night was the only Fab Four long player to be penned solely by Lennon and McCartney, the ‘White Album’ can be enjoyed and analyzed as either a classic team effort or – in line with John’s recollection of the recording sessions – virtuoso individual outings within the group context. In this first installment of an STTS ‘White Album’ trilogy, musician Craig Bartock and musicologist...

Swinging Through The Sixties - Episode #1: July 20, 1969

11/2/2017
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What were The Beatles doing while man was landing on the moon? How did President Nixon prepare for a potential disaster? Why did some viewers assume the whole thing was a hoax? And what prompted the BBC to play a bad-luck song during the broadcast? These and other burning issues are all part of the conversation while co-hosts Erik Taros and Richard Buskin also dive into Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Easy Rider… and Carry on Camping. Welcome to the ultimate trip…

Duration:01:44:51