American Madness

Intelligent Criticism in the Service of a Better Nation

Theme Song

I am a sucker for nostalgia television.
Unfortunately I have found that a lot of the shows I loved as a kid just don’t live up to their hype. What never fails though are the opening credits of the shows. You remember those theme songs as if the shows just got canceled yesterday (or as if [...]

That 70s Design

Though I may sound like a VH1 talking-heads show, I think the 1970s had a lot going on for it. Maybe not so much with the whole disco thing, but I still think a lot of the style from the 70s was pretty hot.
Cars looked like the General Lee, platform shoes were huge (both [...]

Non-Electric Catalog

I don’t even know exactly how to tag this one- Is it “Green?” Maybe “Nostalgia?” Do we have an “Irony” tag?
I present to you Lehman’s Catalog, for all your non-electric device needs. Lehman’s was “Founded by Jay Lehman in 1955 to serve the local Amish and others without electricity, Lehman’s ships old-fashioned, high-quality merchandise [...]

Monterey Pop Fesitval

The weekend of June 16th, 17th & 18th, 1967 marked a new beginning for music. The Monterey Pop Festival featured the Mamas & the Papas, CSNY, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, Lou Rawls, The Animals, The Association, Country Joe and the Fish, Steve Miller Band, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, [...]

Last week’s news

So I know this is news from last week, but it is something I missed the opportunity to write about then and I wanted to rectify the situation.
On June 5th & 7th of last week there were two mob shootings in Brooklyn. The Gambinos and Genoveses had back-to-back hits last week and some are fearing [...]

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