Saturday, May 2, 2009

Book Excerpt of the Day

“At the center of [the Hell’s Angels movie fad of the ‘60s) was Mike Curb – a songwriter, record producer and ultimately ironic figure in the biker and counterculture movie genres. A first-flush Baby Boomer (born in 1945), Curb went from college dropout to record label owner and cultural conservative, snagging the top job at MGM Records, where he proceeded to clean house. He cut druggie groups such as the Velvet Underground in favor of family fare such as the Osmonds. Eventually, Curb got into politics, becoming a major player among California’s Republican elite… What’s fascinating about Curb is his seemingly contradictory role as a creative sparkplug in California’s counterculture movement of the late ‘60s.”

– from Chapter 7: Rockin’ Revolution of Kristopher Spencer’s Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979

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