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"On March 6, 1970, an explosive the Weathermen were constructing was accidentally detonated, costing three Weathermen their lives. [...]"--Sholem Stein


"[ 1970 ] was the end of the Beatles, the end of Woodstock Nation, the end of the Greenwich Village folk scene. ‘The Bus’ went into the shop permanently. In San Francisco, Bill Graham got out of the Fillmore business, the Airplane became the Starship, the Dead incorporated. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison reached the end of the road. As Dave Van Ronk told me, ‘The check was not in the mail.’ As Tom Wolfe quoted Ken Kesey as saying, ‘We blew it.’ And as Monkee Peter Tork said, ‘When they shot them down at Kent State that was the end of the Flower Power era. That was it. You just throw your flowers and rocks at us, man, and we’ll just pull the guns on you. Essentially, the revolution, which was sort of tolerated as long as it wasn’t a significant material threat, was not tolerated any more. And everybody went ‘oops’ and scurried for cover and licked their wounds. They became isolated, which was the point of it all. Because the less togetherness there is, the more room there is for exploitation."--By The Time We Got to Woodstock: The Great Rock 'N' Roll Revolution Of 1969 (2009) by Bruce Pollock

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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1970 was a point when - set against the backdrop of the ongoing Vietnam War - the hippie ideal of peace and love lay shattered in the aftermath of Altamont and Manson murders and the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

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  • the musical output of black America around 1970 had changed towards funk - music which was still by predominantly black artists but generally not 4/4

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