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New Pink Floyd: The Endless River - Isn't this where...we came in?

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Summer 1969. I was lucky enough to be at summer camp for 8 weeks - albeit without my music. I'd left my reel-to-reel tape recorder at home. Sure, it was portable - about the size of an encyclopedia volume - but there were other plans for it. By now, the Beatles had performed in public for what would be the last time and Cream had broken up leaving us with a posthumous "Goodbye". We'd just lost Brian Jones. Abbey Road, Black Sabbath, and "Whole Lotta Love", were still several months down the road. On a brighter note, new music by a band called Led Zeppelin and a "rock opera" by The Who had been on everyone's turntables. But the real sleeper of the summer was a new album by a group of guys from the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and Hollies, singing in killer three-part harmony. They were rumored to be playing only their second public gig at a music festival in upstate New York in August. That was less than a day's hitchhike away from camp! Wouldn't it be cool if...well, maybe not. All this, of course, couldn’t compare to the real event of the summer. Men were going to land and walk on the friggin' MOON! To a teenager obsessed with space, electronics, and Popular Science, this was truly the most awesome thing ever! My parents kindly agreed to press my aforementioned tape recorder into service and record as much of the live television broadcasts from this historic occasion as there was room on the three-inch reel of tape. Thanks to them, I'm happy to share some of that with you now, along with a collection of super incredible music from a most amazing time.

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"Today, after more than a century of electric technology, we have extended our central nervous system itself in a global embrace, abolishing both space and time as far as our planet is concerned." (Marshall McLuhan (1964): Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. New York: McGraw-Hill. p 11-12) The decade from 1965-1975 saw an unprecedented acceleration in the pace of scientific/technological and social advancement. The crowning achievement of the decade - perhaps the century - was the first manned spacecraft landing and exploration of another world. Although we now take global connectivity for granted, the summer of 1969 marked the first instance of such a simultaneous collective consciousness, as people in every time zone stopped and the world watched man take his first steps on the moon in real time. Across popular culture this sense of idealism and wonder was reflected. Pop and rock music explored new and uncharted boundaries and the advent of analog synthesizers combined with the use of the studio as an instrument in itself opened unprecedented possibilities for creative expression. The prevalent three-chord pop song based on twelve bar blues evolved into complex chord progressions and the introduction of classical and jazz elements within a rock format. Rock music had become more than just kid's play. It was being transformed in the quest to escape boundaries, invoking soundscapes reflecting not only how we imagined other worlds, but also listeners' own mind-expanding inner explorations. And incredible and groudbreaking 10 years. Join us as we set the controls for the heart of the most creative decade in rock. Retrorockets firing in 3...2...1.

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