“U.F.O. : Unlicensed Female Operatives – Agent S.E.X.: Special Espionage X Division”
copyright 2018 00individual TLL
EXPERIENCE the HISTORICAL HEIGHT of POP and ROCK and PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE!
and the Year that Shattered American and World History
Oct 1 Cult zombie film “Night of the Living Dead” directed by George A. Romero
Oct 2 Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
Oct 5 Civil rights march in Derry stopped by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)and resulting clashes lead to two days of serious rioting, often considered the start of ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland
Oct 7 Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system
Oct 7 Rioting continues in Derry, Northern Ireland after Royal Ulster Constabulary put down civil rights march two days earlier
Oct 9 2,000 students from Queen’s University Belfast try to march to Belfast City Hall in protest against ‘police brutality’, but blocked by loyalists led by Ian Paisley; leads for formation of student civil rights group People’s Democracy
Oct 11 Apollo 7 (Schirra, Eisele & Cunningham) made 163 orbits in 260 hours
Oct 14 1st live telecast from a manned US spacecraft (Apollo 7)
Oct 14 Beatles “White Album” completed
Oct 16 Tommie Smith and John Carlos give the black power salute during the Olympics on the podium in Mexico City
Oct 18 Circus Circus hotel opens in Las Vegas, largest permanent big top in the world
Oct 18 John Lennon & Yoko One fined £150 for marijuana possession. Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s apartment.
Oct 22 Apollo 7 returns to Earth
Oct 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail
Oct 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam
Oct 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
3 Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
5 Electric Mud – Muddy Waters
12 Aretha in Paris – Aretha Franklin Live
14 Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages – Tyrannosaurus Rex
16 Electric Ladyland
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
. . and there they were, witnessing the birth of Electric Ladyland. In late ’68 Rockers were chosen to connect to a higher level of Sophisticated Psychedelic Sounds.
Shit got primal with deep emotion as Hendrix carved arcane history with his supernatural ax. Not-so-strangely, Electric Ladyland served as an actual place, a safe harbor, a place they could call home. The sounds struck spiritually-soothing chords within them – the first true excursions into Psychedelic Soul – Hendrix was the original, Hendrix was the best.
16 Three Dog Night – Three Dog Night
19 Dream a Little Dream – Cass Elliot
25 This Was – Jethro Tull (Customized “American Pop” animation cel.)
1, 2, 3, Red Light – 1910 Fruitgum Company
The Book of Taliesyn – Deep Purple US
Bradley’s Barn – The Beau Brummels
The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark – Dillard & Clark
The Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
In Person at the Whisky a Go Go – Otis Redding Live
Nazz – Nazz
Sailor – Steve Miller Band
The Second – Steppenwolf
Traffic – Traffic
The Tumbler – John Martyn
The Wonderful World of The Osmond Brothers – The Osmonds
US Top 20 Singles for the Week Ending October 26, 1968:
1 HEY JUDE – The Beatles (Apple)
2 LITTLE GREEN APPLES – O.C. Smith (Columbia)
3 FIRE – The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown (Atlantic)
4 THOSE WERE THE DAYS – Mary Hopkin (Apple)
5 GIRL WATCHER – The O’Kaysions (ABC)
6 MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS – The Grass Roots (Dunhill)
7 OVER YOU – Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (Columbia)
8 HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. – Jeannie C. Riley (Plantation)
9 ELENORE – The Turtles (White Whale)
10 I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU – The Bee Gees (Atco)
11 HOLD ME TIGHT – Johnny Nash (JAD)
12 SUZIE Q. (Part 1) – Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy)
13 PIECE OF MY HEART – Big Brother and the Holding Company (Columbia)
14 MY SPECIAL ANGEL – The Vogues (Reprise)
15 WHITE ROOM – Cream (Atco)
16 SAY IT LOUD – I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD (Part 1) – James Brown (King)
17 REVOLUTION – The Beatles (Apple)
18 HEY, WESTERN UNION MAN – Jerry Butler (Mercury)
19 LOVE CHILD – Diana Ross and the Supremes (Motown)
20 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Reprise)
OCTOBER 1968 MOVIES 50th ANNIVERSARY!
Night of the Living Dead*
No matter when or where you saw this for the first time in ’68 (for 00individual it was at the Drive-In), it was a gore-filled and viscerally-scary introduction of a full-blown genre:
Zombies and the Undead!
Filmed in glorious black and white and shades of gray, the graphic intense build was riveting!
Eastwood, straight up. A modern-day take on the Western. The first of five films directed by Don Siegel: Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), The Beguiled and Dirty Harry (1971), and Escape from Alcatraz (1979) – and the second release for Clint’s production company Malpaso.
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas*
Comic genius Peter Sellers and the luscious Leigh Taylor Young (yum) get stoned on
Alice B. Toklas’ “brownies”.
Outer space fantasy with sex kitten Jane Fonda doin’ her thing!
The Subject Was Roses
The Boston Strangler
Steve McQueen; the Man’s Man.
Car chase history was made throughout the streets of San Francisco.
Live a Little, Love a Little
The Lion in Winter*
Iconic actors in top form recreate the debates between men and women, power, and love,
within a believable cold castle environment.
ICE STATION ZEBRA*
ICE STATION ZEBRA MIND BLOWER
Viewed repeatedly by Howard Hughes in his later years; Hughes was an American business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world.
He first became prominent as a film producer, and then as an influential figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle in Las Vegas – oddities that were caused in part by a worsening obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain from a near-fatal plane crash, and increasing deafness.
The straight-forward elements of Ice Station Zebra’s story, acting, and direction left no room for comedy, this was all serious business with a startling revelation at the very end that was the most important “political” behind-the-scenes reveal ever.
Ice Station Zebra was the first movie that caused 00individual to really understand that much of what was reported in, and on the news was only what was deemed for public consumption, and that the truth was beneath the lies and cover stories. It was a very profound reveal, one that must have fascinated Hughes. And one that truly opened 00individual’s eyes to the reality of the machinations of the world – 50 years ago this month in 70 mm Cinerama!
Although based on Alistair MacLean’s book, Ice Station Zebra, it was also based on real-life events that took place in 1959 – the year of the “International Geophysical Year” program. 00individual had the I.G.Y. Marx playset and even as a kid wondered why there was a need for rockets and missiles. Maybe Ice Station Zebra the movie was an exact re-enactment of what happened and was covered-up world-wide by the “I.G.Y.” story.
Now I get it, Hughes knew that he was watching the first movie to replicate the truth delivered as a “story”, a movie disguised as pure fiction based on fact to a public, who, just like 00individual, got the end message, but was fooled by the truth.
00individual is sure that the brilliant Howard Hughes, in any one of his repeated viewings, considered, or knew this to be possible.
Also, dig this, a once in a lifetime experience: M.G.M. STUDIO BACK-LOT 3 ADVENTURES . . . on moonlit nights, in western towns, on pirate ships, and on the Ice Station Zebra set!
*Movies 00individual saw at the Theater – or Drive In.
The Psychedelic Train enjoys a stop at Helloween Town Theme Park,
then back on through 1968 toward November.
“The Psychedelic Train Cruises Helloween Town!” Copyright 2017 00individual TLL
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