In lieu of a band photo – Cultural Anthropology: Teenagers in 1925
Click on the link here for Audio Player: George Olsen And His Music – Sugar Plumb – 1925
Since the Studio/Past Daily Nerve Center has been undergoing renovations this past week, I’ve been stumbling over buried shelves of old 78’s – some I haven’t played since they arrived. And since Nights At The Roundtable is an eclectic mish-mash of music most nights anyway, why not end the week/start the new one, with something I usually don’t play; 1920’s Big Band.
This one comes from one of the more popular Dance bands of the 1920’s, a band in heavy competition with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra. They both recorded for the same label (Victor), and both bands had a massive catalog to their credit and both were huge throughout the 20’s and into the 1930’s.
So rather than try and make something profound out of this entry from a historic standpoint, I thought I would just grab at random, and I chose this one – Sugar Plumb, recorded in 1925 and certainly one of the more danceable numbers the kids in the above photo probably cut a few rugs to.
There has always been Pop Music and Pop Culture – it just sounds and looks different over the years. The sentiment is the exact same.
A drug bust in 1951 – Dope and Teenagers: Timeless
Click on the link for audio player: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Narcotics – July 27, 1951
If you thought our preoccupation with drugs, drug addiction and law enforcement of anti-drug laws was new, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but, no. It’s been with us for the better part of the last century and was really in our faces since just after World War 2.
This radio documentary, part of the Public Affairs series Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, produced by NBC Radio and first broadcast on July 27, 1951, was the third of a three part series devoted to what was a major problem at the time.
1951? I’m afraid so. Has anything changed since then? I’m afraid not, not in 61 years.
Dry as this documentary potentially is (a lot of testimony and hand-wringing), it serves as a reminder that some things, unless there are really distinct changes considered, are destined to be repeated over and over again.
Enjoy the next half hour.