Brooklyn In The 1960s: Montage A-Go-Go


Brooklyn In the 1960s

Here's another video I put together for a 50th class reunion of my long-defunct St. Augustine High School in Park Slope.  Some of the photos in this 20 minute montage are not from the '60s - some are actually (GASP!) from the '70s and one or two are even more recent (OMG!) which was not lost on some YouTube visitors with way too much time on their hands judging from some comments there. Surprisingly, this video has garnered thousands of views. Perhaps because of my choice of Dave Brubeck ("Take Five") and his alto saxophonist-composer, Paul Desmond, to accompany the images. What can I say? Genius is always appreciated.  Click here for video. 






Life In A Northern Town: Brooklyn Places In Our Past

Brooklyn Working Class Addresses, 1961-1965

18 months ago I was asked to create some videos to commemorate the 50th reunion of my high school graduating class at long-defunct St. Augustine, located at 6th Avenue and Park Place in Park Slope (pictured below in opening frame).  So I used Google Street View to capture the buildings where we lived during our high school years.

Nick Drake, 1970
I managed to display about 60 of our homes from across Brooklyn (lots of apartments in brownstones and two family houses) along with some evocative photos from the era, synced whenever appropriate to the lyric of "Life In A Northern Town" by the British group, Dream Academy. 

The song is placed in the early '60s, referencing JFK and the Beatles, telling the tale of an artist who left his northern town to seek his fortune elsewhere. The recording was an homage to the British singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who was old enough to have graduated with us, but died at age 26 after releasing albums of beautiful acoustic music that nobody bought. Per Wikipedia, Drake "had come to represent a certain type of 'doomed romantic' musician." Anyway, the record seemed to be elegiac, proud, joyful and wistful all at once, so that's why I chose it. More to come in a bit...  Click here for video 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xy-dbrQIkg