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When Nirvana came down to L.A. to record Nevermind in 1991, nobody knew who we were, so our budget was pretty small. We picked a recording studio in Van Nuys called Sound City because it was cheap—and because it had a Neve 8028 sound board. Rupert Neve is an English electronics engineer—he’s still alive and in his eighties—and his handmade, hand-wired analog recording consoles from the 1970s were famous for giving music a warm sound that was good for rock and roll.

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320px Little Rock integration protestIn honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s service, Longform Stories is pleased to present an extensive collection of articles, social media content, and other resources surrounding the topic of "Black Lives Matter".  

Included are a number of historical writings in order to compare how the racial issues prevalent from 50 years ago are so very similar to what we are seeing today.  It is with this in mind that we point to both present day longform stories as well as look back to the 1960's and 1970's for historical perspective.

 

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What Happens When a Cop Does Wrong?

Los Angeles Free Press (1970)

 

 

atlanticThe Case for Reparations

The Atlantic (2014)

 

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New York’s epic white backlash: How a horrid 1960s relic is still with us today

Salon (2015)

 

gawkerBlack Girl Walking

Gawker (2013) 

 

LAFPFour Part Series "Black Lives Matter"

Los Angeles Free Press (1960's and 1970's)

 

 

salonMy struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson

Salon (2014)

 

Stay Tuned: Longform Stories will be expanding this post over the coming days.

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In this classic piece from 1970, the Los Angeles Free Press reports on issues of police wrong-doing and the lack of prosecution of officers in cases relating to African Americans.

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Los Angeles Free Press Archives

 (Special thanks to the Los Angeles Free Press)

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In December, 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono came to New York City – their first time as a couple – where they visited some of Yoko's old friends, went out, as they rarely do in London, to some "entertainment" films like Diary of a Mad Housewife and Lovers and Other Strangers and to the Muhammad Ali fight.

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At 2 or 3 or 4 a.m., somewhere along in there, on August 25, 1966, his 48th birthday, in fact, Leonard Bernstein woke up in the dark in a state of wild alarm. That had happened before. It was one of the forms his insomnia took.

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Benghazi, Robin Williams, Islam, Twitter, and a convicted bomber from the 1970s came together in a court case against right-wing bloggers.

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His grandfather, Dr. Charles Graham, a respected rancher and veterinarian, had built the family’s fortune over four decades of breeding and racing champion quarter horses. It was the legendary stallion Three Ohs that had changed Doc Graham’s career in 1970, turning his breeding facility in Elgin, which he’d started with almost nothing,

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This story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.He was the most popular stand-up comedian of the 1960s. The most successful product pitchman of the 1970s ("Then you dip the spoon in the puddin' …"). The most iconic sitcom dad of the 1980s (and the first with an upper-middle-class African-American TV family). And soon he'll be returning to NBC with a new comedy, perhaps as early as next year. 

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In May, 1970, a few nights after the Kent State shootings, my father and my brother Tom, who was nineteen, started fighting. They weren’t fighting about the Vietnam War, which both of them opposed. The fight was probably about a lot of different things at once. But the immediate issue was Tom’s summer job.

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When I was a student at Northwestern University during the mid 1970s, my father visited Chicago for medical conferences a couple times a year. On these occasions, he would make it a point to treat me to dinner at a white tablecloth place downtown — usually $$$ in the AAA Tourbook. 

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