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1960s Music & Lifestyles

WALLS is written in a format I’d discovered worked well in distilling complicated political eras when I wrote Suspect Red. The novel spans a momentous year of increasing friction between the United States and Soviet Russia that leads up to the communists’ cunning scheme for the Berlin Wall.  Each chapter covers a month’s time and opens with news headlines, photos, and quotes from those real-life four weeks. Adding a factual photo essay created a powerful backdrop of historical context, that punctuates without interrupting a fast-paced plot and the harrowing conundrums facing my teenage characters.

Those chapter-opening primary documents are potent, quick-hit revelations of what life was like in the divided city of Berlin (and the United States) in 1960-61. The images are so striking and the information eye-opening. So, I don’t want to dilute their impact here! But here are a playlist of songs and a few links by category to drop you into the era:

 

Top song hits of 1960 and 1961 (when I could, I’ve found American Bandstand videos so you can see dancing too)

Let’s Do the Twist:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHGXwQeUk7M

Teen Angel   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22oY2CuNCO4

Are You Lonesome Tonight?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF5u7b8pAYQ

Stay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1Z_hskvz1M

Will You Love Me Tomorrow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4955hA_hcB4

Stand By Me  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYDkQgKgghc

O Dio Mio  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f01-Oy0C6E

Runaway   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSWMJxbxj7c&list=RDwSWMJxbxj7c&start_radio=1&rv=wSWMJxbxj7c&t=0

Cathy’s Clown  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3-E9JebDtU

Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a5imvoRZ7E

All I Could Do is Cry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sMb7QP78Vw

Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbad22CKlB4

Crazy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbnrdCS57d0&list=RDiuZTk1hdpMs&index=2

Please Mr. Postman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=425GpjTSlS4

Hello Mary-Lou https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLkCWT2neuI

Take Good Care of My Baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cky0P0o9PxA

Who Put the Bomp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXmsLe8t_gg

It’s Gonna Work out Fine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj9Um8T88KM

Blue Moon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoi3TH59ZEs

(Here’s the East German answer to American “wiggle hip”(see my section East Berlin for more about life in the GDR) —the Lipsi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qbc9VUBy_8

 

Events & News

https://www.historic-newspapers.com/blog/1960-timeline/

https://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1960.html

https://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1961.html

https://www.thoughtco.com/african-american-history-timeline-1960-1964-45443

https://worldhistoryproject.org/1960

https://www.babyboomers.com/1960

https://mrpopculture.com/pop-culture-in-review-for-the-year-1960/

https://mrpopculture.com/pop-culture-in-review-for-the-year-1961/

https://www.pbs.org/opb/thesixties/timeline/timeline_text.html

 

People:

https://www.biographyonline.net/people/people-of-the-1960s.html

 

Top TV shows:

http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/1991/08/1960-61-top-30-ratings.html

 

Film:

https://www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominees/1961

https://www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominees/1962

 

Fashion:

https://www.mcny.org/exhibition/mod-new-york?gclid=CjwKCAjwz_WGBhA1EiwAUAxIccZmR4Xopzy1bEvRxzG7s-hZstt6xC3GG6LmS1pfpFo2hoJJGpqAFhoCPpUQAvD_BwE

https://medium.com/@kalyanii8927/fashion-history-the-look-of-the-1960s-292958b78951

 

Ads:

https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2018/12/vintage-ads-popular-presents-from-the-1960s/
 

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