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Old 05-08-2014, 06:48 PM
Location: High Cotton
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Lost in the Fifties - Another Place, Another Time

'In the Still of the Night' performed by my longtime friend Ronnie Milsap (WB4KCG)


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Old 05-08-2014, 08:36 PM
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I was born at the end of the JFK administration and obviously missed the 50s. However, as a small child I certainly experienced their ephemera. My parents were late 40s - early 50s types so of course lots of old crooner albums were lying around. Some of my parents' younger siblings / cousins were more into the true doo wop and rock and roll 1950s style. Then like clockwork during the early 70s the whole 50s nostalgia wave hit due to American Graffiti and Happy Days, and being at a ripe young age I lapped it up.

This positioned me well for the late 70s and 80s when the hair cuts got shorter and the music more danceable. As opposed to people just a few years older than me I embraced all the revived 50s elements in New Wave / early Alt Rock whereas people who were actually born during the 50s (but were too young to really experience them full on) lashed out against all the changes and were stuck in their 70s stadium rock.
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:42 PM
Location: Waterville
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Thanks for this. I really enjoyed it and wished that some of what was old could coexist with what is current. Why does stuff have to disappear? I know. Market forces, blah blah blah. And pfft.

I do have one of those old Underwoods occupying pride of place. Some inventive folks are re-purposing vinyl records. They 'melt' them into other shapes such as bowls. Part of the impetus for the steampunk movement is to take objects that would otherwise be discarded and transform them into something new. Even computer circuitry can be used to create new art. Of course digging thru garbage mounds to salvage material is nothing new, but there is such a rich vein of it now and so much of it is providing artistic inspiration for many young people. Human beings are so endlessly creative - it's quite marvelous.
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:42 AM
Location: Near a river
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I love the playwrights, fiction writers, poets, songwriters, and visual artists of the 1950s. It was a rich renaissance time for a hugely diverse arts environment in America after the war. So much talent emerged in that decade as a foundation for human expression.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:00 AM
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Fun to watch and reminiscence - thanks for posting!
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:48 AM
Location: Tennessee
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The hit "in The Still of The Night"

In the Still of the Night - Fred Parris and The Satins - YouTube
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:40 AM
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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IMO the 50's were the best era ever. Pretty much laid back time, none of the hassles of the later years, good music, nice hotrods, no drug problems, low crime, mellow politics, aah the good ol' days.
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:26 PM
Location: Orange County, CA
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Oh boy, I confess. With one or possibly two exceptions, instantly recognized every image and could name the person in the clip. Just fairly recently have discovered that much of the 50's music is available for playing online, and have been spending time on YouTube listening and remembering.
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