So, the sixties (and this series) draws to a close. The decade of promise and possibility ends on a sour note with the Manson murders and the apocalyptic scenes at the Stones’ Altamont festival. In the singles charts, despite a decade of the greatest social and cultural upheaval the modern age has known, things don’t look that different from when we came in. Elvis is back, the Ventures are still playing surf music and we even get the Lettermen giving it the vocal harmony thing like it’s 1959 again.
Outside of the seemingly conservative singles chart though some exciting debuts by the Stooges and Bob Marley, David Bowie re-releases his own debut as “Space Oddity”, Monty Python is first aired on the BBC and the 70s looks to be even more exciting than the 60s (it wasn’t in the end, but…!).
This series has been hugely enjoyable and a real education for me. Listening to a decade of music in tiny fragments like this has given me a real feel for the mood and atmosphere of the times that is difficult to sum up precisely in words but can only be caught with sound.