EXPERIENCE 1960’s & 1970’s CULTURE!
Fresh outta high school during 1969 I was able to land a job in an art department – which was totally cool. (See 1968 Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll Doodle Art link above.)
The second floor art department office I shared with a hot, uninhibited hippy chick artist, a year or two older than me, had a big window overlooking the plaza in front of the building. One day she lifted her blouse and mashed her bare breasts up against the window in full view of everyone coming back from lunch, especially timed for the arrival of our red-haired art director – when he came in the office he was so embarrassed that his face was fire-engine red!
We both had a ball back then and we’d listen to the top Rock radio stations in L.A.; KMET and KLOS all day long.
I think it was KMET who would play Ken Nordine’s short word jazz riffs on color in-between songs which was very hip. He had just released the “Colors” LP in 1967, so these were fairly new and it joined the Beat-era poetry with the current Psychedelic vibe.
Radio stations were cool back then; DJs for the most part were allowed to interject fun and trippy elements into their broadcasts – radio was “human” – and we could all relate to each other, as corporate had yet to take over.
So, for a bit of fun to see how diverse and acceptable and open we were to all things new and different; here are some samples of the Great Ken Nordine’s hip word jazz art and a truly psychedelic TV commercial featuring Ken Nordine for Levis from 1968.
Those Truly Were The Days, My Friend, We Thought They’d Never End!
(The header art is residue from from thousands of gouache paint color chips I’d clip to a lamp shade to dry back when I did textile art for a New York designer in the mid-to-late ’80s.)