Monday, November 9, 2015

Carl Oglesby - 1969 - Carl Oglesby

Carl Oglesby 
Carl Oglesby

01. Suburbs Of Eden - 2:56
02. Le Chinois - 4:04
03. Staring At The Sunshine - 4:18
04. The Prophet - 5:19
05. Black Panther - 4:45
06. Portait Of A Lady - 5:50
07. Dragon Song - 3:03
08. Cherokee Queen - 3:28
09. Lemon Light - 6:42

Bass – Joe Mack, Richard Davis
Cello – Seymour Barab
Drums – Bill LaVorgna
Electric Guitar – Vinnie Bell
Guitar – George Edwards, Peter Psarianos, Tim Hauser
Jew's Harp [Mouth Harp] – Mark Puleo
Keyboards – Elmer Jared Gordon
Percussion – Norman Grossman
Woodwinds – Bob Fritz
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By – Carl Oglesby

Carl Oglesby was born in Ohio. After graduating from Kent State University, he worked in Michigan as a technical editor for a defense contractor.

Oglesby was radicalized by the Vietnam War. In 1965 he was elected president of the Students for a Democratic Society, a group that organized opposition to the war. Oglesby went on to teach politics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College.

He may be the ultimate politically hyphenated American: He's an anti-interventionist-New Left-humanist-libertarian. He's also a folk singer with two albums to his credit, an author, and one of the nation's leading experts on the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Oglesby's background didn't hint that he would end up, as Murray Rothbard called him in 1992, a "longtime libertarian." Born in Ohio, Oglesby attended Kent State University and then worked in Michigan as a technical editor for a defense contractor.

His world turned upside down in 1965 when he became radicalized about the United States' growing military involvement in Vietnam. Later that year, he was elected president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a "New Left" group that organized student opposition to the Vietnam War.

As he traveled around the country, Oglesby came to realize that the United States' foreign policy wasn't just a matter of left (good) versus right (bad). In 1967, he wrote Containment and Change (with Richard Shaull), which argued that the libertarian, non-interventionist "Old Right" should be the New Left's best ally in opposing an imperialistic American foreign policy.

In 1971, Oglesby was a speaker at a "Left-Right Festival of Mind Liberation." The event, sponsored by the California Libertarian Alliance, was designed to lay the groundwork for a libertarian/New Left anti-war coalition. Oglesby made the case that "the Old Right and the New Left" were "morally and politically" united in their opposition to war, and should work together.

Oglesby also began speaking out against the alliance of big business and government -- what he called the "corporate state" -- and in favor of "radically humanist politics" that embraced decentralization and free association.

After the Vietnam War ended, Oglesby's innate suspicion of government led him down another career path -- investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He wrote three books: On the Trail of the Assassins (with Jim Garrison, 1988); Who Killed JFK? (1991); and The JFK Assassination: The Facts and the Theories (1992). All three voiced skepticism about the government's "lone-gunman" theory.

An album I have owned for nearly 30 years and listened to over a 100 times.  Even though it received some radio play hardly a soul acknowledged its existence.  If you Google Carl Oglesby, 95% of your queries would be about his days as a radical author from the S.D.S.  Somehow he managed to get in the studio with a cast of wayward musicians and record this most obscure gem.
Filled with melodies that weave delicately between instruments each song given time has an enticing hook that can captivate the listener.  Essentially it is a good folk album with sweet dressing and only exposure can bring out the accolades I bestow upon it.

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