Thursday, September 07, 2006

# Posted 12:23 PM by Patrick Porter  

SILVER LINING: And then Oz culture vulture and rascal Robert Hughes got the bad news. His first wife

liked counterculture icons but generally tended to score mediocre ones. An exception was Jimi Hendrix. She did not tell me about this. Some girlfriend of hers did. I think it was Hendrix who gave her a sentimental souvenir of their encounter in the back of a limo: the clap.

She did not tell me about that, either, before passing it on to me. It was a nasty strain and it took months of antibiotics to shake it. Hendrix’s clap almost outlasted Hendrix himself, who died of an overdose in September 1970.

At least it was Jimi Hendrix.
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That was a sad article.
I certainly didn't share this world. But I'm about the same age.

I guess I was looking in. What is or was amazing about it was the degree to which those of us who didn't share it were condemned as various forms of cultural bluenoses, sexual fascists, uptight and repressed and unhappy folks who just didn't get freedom.

Even those who were clearly in distress couldn't fail to sneer at the rest of society. Perhaps it was a kind of self-protection.

Very, very sad now, and it didn't look any better when it was going on.
He still thinks of Hendrix as "counterculture". He hasn't learnt a lot, then.
He still thinks of Hendrix as "counterculture". He hasn't learnt a lot, then.

Why don't you feel Hendrix qualifies as such?
Maybe it's the Pepsi Commercial.
Or rather maybe it's this Pepsi Commercial.
Pop music is a vast commercial machine dedicated to separating adolescents from their cash, partly by flattering their immaturity with tosh about "subversive", "counterculture" and whatnot.
Although I agree that pop culture nowadays is all about the money, as one who grew up during the 60's and 70's, I would say that many of us were strongly influenced by the messages of the music.
The notion that whorfing joints to each other at a "be-in" during the 60's was in any way different from toassing a football on a beach is, to put it kindly, unrealistic. Different drugs were used to be sure, but certainly the sex, and attendant diseases, were identical. There is nothing political, or counter-cultural, about self-indulgence. Clothes were different, hair grew in greater abundance, but the human equation (though there were hopes) did not change.

Music, on the other hand, though it may or may not have political significance, speaks for itself.
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