"A Shortcut through 1968"
It's All Up There Ladybird!!
Nineteen sixty-eight was a year that brought
the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy.
The Vietnam War took a record number of casualties.
Many cities burned as people took to the streets
against the war and against racism.
It was also a year of political trials
like the conspiracy trial of the Chicago 8 stemming from
the protests at the
1968 Democratic Convention
and the trial of the Catonsville 9 for burning draft files in
It was also a time of intense resistance on college
campuses across the country.
An unpopular war was raging overseas, as an unpopular
President spoke of his "awesome responsibility" and chose not to seek re-election,
while his party fought for a change toward "new policies", and the
crew of Apollo 8 embarked on a journey to the moon.
1968 was an election year that brought the assassination of Martin Luther
King Jr. and Robert Kennedy.
The Vietnam War took a record number of casualties. Many cities burned as
people took to the streets against the war and against racism.
The Presidential election process gave way to unprecedented turmoil, with
deep divisions in the political parties,
including protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention, and riots in
the streets of Chicago
(leading to the political trials of the "Chicago 8" and the Catonsville
9 for burning draft files in Maryland).
It was also a time of intense resistance on college campuses across
the country, with battles between hawks & doves, rich and poor, young
and old, black and white.
Using only the sounds, music and voices of one of the most explosive
and memorable years in history,
this 40th Anniversary mix captures a time when America came to a crossroads
that almost destroyed the dream and any bridge for that famous "generation
Featuring "Yippies" Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and underground and
counter-culture heroes like The Fugs, Cat Mother & The All-Night Newsboys,
David Peel & The Lower East Side, the Amboy Dukes, Jimi Hendrix,
Sly and The Family Stone, the Rolling Stones, the Band, Mary Hopkins,
Marvin Gaye, the Moody Blues, Ennio Morricone, 2001: A Space
Odssey, Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, the Monkees, the cast of "Hair",
Simon and Garfunkel, Cream, The Firesign Theater, with Dustin Hoffman, Richard
Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Huey P. Newton, Charlton Heston,
Chicago Mayor Richard J.Daley, H.Rap Brown, Stokley Carmichael, Sammy Davis
Jr, Eldridge Cleaver, Joe Cocker, Marshall Efron,
"Rosko", Spiro T. Agnew, General Westmoreland, Sen. Ted Kennedy, LBJ
and many more.
Recorded and mixed in analogue on a Tascam vintage 4-track, "A Shortcut through
1968" features no narration,
it's message evolves from the careful juxtaposition of the various elements,
including airchecks from the archives of WBAI in 1968
(with the voices of free-form radio founders Bob Fass, Steve Post and
Larry Josephson) mixed with interviews on "what do you remember about
"The Whole World's Watching!"- Protesters (outside Democratic Convention
center in Chicago 1968)
30 minutes/stereo/available on cassette and compact disc
WBAI-FM 99.5 NYC WPKN-FM 89.5 Bpt, CT
Real Audio over Pacifica's "Democracy Now"
local station for "Shortcuts"!
by Peter Bochan
to Peter Bochan