@ Evelyne Roullet. Some great singers and songs came out …

Comment on 1968, when revolution was everybody’s business by John Bell.

@ Evelyne Roullet. Some great singers and songs came out of that era. Melanie and Peace Will Come a classic example. Nothing has changed in the 60 or so years since then. More drugs, more free sex, and now mindless techno rap music. No peace has come with that infernal racket mix. The place is going down hill. Thanks a lot, Scott McKenzie.

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1968, when revolution was everybody’s business
@ Russell Guy. The single biggest factor that influenced the issues in those times in Central Australian remote Aborinibal communities that I saw was the sheer deluge of Commonwealth funding that saturated the landscape from 1973 onwards for political and idealistic reasons.
You had to see it to believe it.
The floodgates opened and they have never been checked.
The mix of government money and altruism is far too daunting for a vote-conscious pollie to challenge. For so many obvious reasons. Sad.


1968, when revolution was everybody’s business
Charlie Evelyne and Russell.
We all obviously lived through the 1967 era and we all drew on our own experiences to form our opinions of what effect the times had in shaping today’s society.
Depending where we were living at the time. I was very lucky to be a city boy fresh in Alice. Evelyne was in France. Corrosive elements of sex drugs and rock and roll came packaged with noble ideals of slogans human rights, liberty fraternity and equality in which each young generation tends to think of themselves as pioneering activists.
But let’s face it, the western democratic world has not advanced since then. Just have a look at Europe. But at least we will go out loving our favourite singers and songs – a permanent legacy of the times.


1968, when revolution was everybody’s business
@ Russell. I take it you mixed up your verbs “were” and “weren’t”. You mean they were lost in it perhaps. The Beatles in the pic were in hippy Love Is All You Need it drag of the humanist fairy tale revolution. Whether they were lost in it or not, they were definitely hard nosed enough to cash in on it and made big bucks out of it. They knew the lyrics that would sell, regardless of the any fairy tale. Half their luck.


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