You Can Close Your Eyes It’s All Right . . . Or Is It? by Gavin Lakin – Post 17

Over forty-five years have passed since this highly acclaimed lullaby and B-side to his most successful record “You’ve Got a Friend” graced the airwaves, radios and the canyon winds. You are beloved, JT, and always will be. However, the sentiment, though then about the intimacy of a relationship (Joni Mitchell?) has obvious current relevance to … Continue reading You Can Close Your Eyes It’s All Right . . . Or Is It? by Gavin Lakin – Post 17

He Likes it! Hey, Mikey! Commercial Successes in the 1970s by Gavin Lakin – Post 16

What is our obsession with TV commercials? We’ve all been at Super Bowl parties rating the best of what American commerce has to offer for one exorbitant thirty-second spot. Does the game even matter? How many of us have groaned at the rampant sexism? The embarrassingly failed punchline? The basest of poor taste? Or, occasionally … Continue reading He Likes it! Hey, Mikey! Commercial Successes in the 1970s by Gavin Lakin – Post 16

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A sincere shout out to BoomerCafe.com for publishing another original piece of mine entitled, "1970s Counterculture: Misunderstood, Mystifying, or Merely Me? This is for you, my brothers and sisters, who on Sunday nights huddled around KMET with Dr. Demento and his dead puppies. And for those of you Rocky Horror Picture Show fanatics who had an excuse … Continue reading *** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ***

The Autoharp by Gavin Lakin – Post 15

Do Our Early Seminal Moments Define Us Outright, Or As We Age, Do We Reconstitute Our Narrative to Fit Our Most Recent Version of Who We Are? Then She stood ever-so-elegantly on a rickety wooden chair, her slender arms reaching out to the top left corner of another Duck and Cover poster where she applied a … Continue reading The Autoharp by Gavin Lakin – Post 15

1970s Counterculture: Misunderstood, Mystifying, or Merely Me, Me, Me? By Gavin Lakin – Post 14

I am a tail-end Baby Boomer, a late but card-carrying member of the club, with a consciousness that I assure you was fully formed when Revolver was on KHJ. I rocked to Motown, The Beatles, The Doors, Sly, Hendrix, and Janis. I’m the youngest kid brother of The Beatles touching down for The Ed Sullivan … Continue reading 1970s Counterculture: Misunderstood, Mystifying, or Merely Me, Me, Me? By Gavin Lakin – Post 14

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I am humbled by the generous and exceedingly professional team at BoomerCafe.com. Today, they have published my piece about the 1970s writing a poignant letter to 1969. I hope you enjoy reading it and it would be very meaningful to me if you could leave comments at BoomerCafe. Thank you to all my family, friends, … Continue reading *** Special Announcement ***

You Talkin’ to Me? I’m Mad as Hell, Stayin’ Alive, and I’m Gonna Fly Now; A Treatise on 1970s Cinema by Gavin Lakin – Post 13

Plush red carpeting surrounded by walls of art deco sconces dimming. Then total darkness. The curtain reveals the screen as if hiding an elegant silver gem. On your lap, an enormous tub of buttery, salty popcorn. Ushers with flashlights seat the late arrivals, careful not to blind patrons with their flashlights. Settled in, there follows … Continue reading You Talkin’ to Me? I’m Mad as Hell, Stayin’ Alive, and I’m Gonna Fly Now; A Treatise on 1970s Cinema by Gavin Lakin – Post 13