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Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered

as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory.  

Jean Genet 1910-1986, French Playwright, Novelist


With all the 60’s bashing going down in the past few decades it’s hard to recapture the very real magnetism and transcendence of those times without coming across like some old guy hopelessly stuck in some sentimental rendition of the good old days. Suffice it to say that recognized social science has pretty well pegged the 1960s and ‘70s as having really generated an historic transformation in society and its values.

Say what you will, it was a watershed moment in history. Regardless of neo-con hysterics by people who really do “hate our freedom”, one of the most obvious ways to overcome anti-60’s prejudices is to pass on the experience of the music of the 1960s, letting it speak for itself. 

-Don Odgen (read the rest)

Forget about the stereotypes. These were the types glued to their stereos. In a town where money talked, some hated that they loved it, some just plain hated it. Scarsdale in the late '50s and into the '60s and '70s was a hard place to rock. It was like living on a movie set; part Frank Capra, part David Lynch. Is it any wonder that young dynamic rock and roll bands, steeped in irony and anti-establishment sentiment long before anyone ever heard of the words post-modern or angst, grew out of the ambiguities of ostentatious wealth on one hand and other-side-of-the-tracks morass on the other? The new site "Scarsdale Rocks" peels back some of the half-forgotten pages of history in the New York burbs for a view into the rec rooms, basements and garage band incubators that was mid-20th century youth culture in the eastern U.S. In a land of crazed week-end parties in the empty homes of the ruling class, this was the score. Whether you were there or not, whether you're 60 or 16, the sounds of the time will resonate. The audio files on "Scarsdale Rocks" slingshot ageless rebellion and periodic renaissance into the present. This was pre-indy indy. Some of it, the work of people your mother warned you about. Log-on. Tune-in. Drop-out. Scarsdale Rocks......really!

Don Ogden

Photo: Arthur Rothstein

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