19 August 2017

Signs the Counterculture Was Coming

While researching something completely different, I came across this story in the 4 September 1965 issue of Billboard. You can find it on page 12.

The most interesting thing about researching old magazines and newspapers is the discovery of these little signs that a mood is changing. The article starts:

West Coast-recording companies are rushing to cut Bob Dylan songs, with his message-protest material all but killing surfing, hot rod and other teen topics this summer.

Of course, after the fact, we see this for what it is. But how do you spot such things beforehand?