Echoes of Dallas: music inspired by JFK

Did you know JFK’s assassination “produced a mountainous range of forgotten, discarded and ghostly vinyl artifacts?” Some were briefly notorious:  Bob Dylan’ rant about Oswald and Mick Jagger’s sneer, “Who killed the Kennedys?” Others were forgotten but popular music often echoed November 22.

JFK music“Country songs, private-press lamentations, mournful poetry and violent political diatribes were rushed onto rough-hewn 45s and marginal LPs that vied to be heard above the noise and confusion.”

“Collected here for the very first time are 20 of the strangest, most affectionate, controversial and insightful.”

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3 comments

  1. Thanks for doing this. It does seem strange, however, that the creators of the list did not include “Abraham, Martin and John,” a notable release by Dion, Smokey Robinson and Moms Mabley, among others. It was certainly among the most “affectionate,” but the list seems more oriented to resurrecting the obscure.

  2. Brian Lynch says:

    Guess that this is what things are reduced to when you have nothing substantial to report. By the way, you forgot “Abraham, Martin and John” by Dion.

  3. Dan Klock says:

    “He was a Friend of Mine” from The Byrds’ Turn, Turn, Turn album offers quite a poignant take on the subject. And, as it relates to the cultural impact of the event, I for one don’t view it as reductionist in the least.

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