Lenny's Big Atlantic Adventure - Netflix
Tony Bullimore joins the comedian Lenny Henry for an epic journey from Plymouth to Jamaica aboard a 53ft trimaran.
Runtime: 40 minutes
Lenny's Big Atlantic Adventure - Timeline of 1960s counterculture - Netflix
The following is a chronological capsule history of 1960s counterculture. Influential events and milestones beginning decades ahead of the 1960s are included for context relevant to the subject period of the early 1960s through the mid 1970s.
Lenny's Big Atlantic Adventure - 1968 - Netflix
Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is published. January: Owsley-inspired pioneer Heavy Metal band Blue Cheer release Vincebus Eruptum, as early metal ground-breakers Iron Butterfly release their debut Heavy. January 22: Laugh-In: The sketch comedy “phenomenon that both reflected and mocked the era's counterculture,” and brought it into “mainstream living rooms” debuts on US TV. January 31: The Tet Offensive is launched by the NVA and Vietcong. Western forces are victorious on the battlefield, but not in the press. February 1: Following the free-form programming experimentations at KFRC-FM in San Francisco, WABX-FM in Detroit and other stations nationwide begin to officially change format. FM playlists and other content are now chosen by local DJs, not corporate executives or record companies. The Progressive Rock format takes hold. February 4: Beat figure and Merry Prankster Neal Cassady dies in Mexico of unknown causes at age 41. February 8: Orangeburg Massacre: Police fire on and kill three protesting segregation at a South Carolina bowling alley. February 15: The Beatles in India: All four Beatles, along with fellow devotees such as Mike Love, Donovan and Mia Farrow, journey to Rishikesh in India to study Transcendental Meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. John Lennon and George Harrison are the last Beatles to leave, amid reports of sexual indiscretions committed by the Maharishi. During the visit, the Maharishi reportedly requests that the Beatles donate 25% of the proceeds of the upcoming album to him, to which Lennon responds, “over my dead body.” February 27: CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, the “most trusted man in America”, publicly expresses personal doubts regarding the possibility of ultimate victory in Vietnam. Afterward, LBJ reportedly states, “If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America.” February 27: 1950s teen vocal star Frankie Lymon dies of a heroin overdose in New York City at age 25. February 29: Kerner Report: The Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders is released after seven months of investigation into US urban rioting, and states that “our nation is moving towards two societies, one black, one white – separate and unequal.” March 16: My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. Apparent wanton rape and murder of innocents by US GIs creates enormous new anti-war outcry when news leaks in 1969. March 17: London police stop 10,000 anti-war marchers from violently storming the US Embassy. 200 are arrested. The protest serves as partial inspiration for the Stones' most notable political foray, Street Fighting Man. March 18: RFK In: NY Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a long-time supporter of US policy in Vietnam, speaks out against the war for the first time, and announces his candidacy for President. March 22: 3,000 Yippies take over Grand Central Station in New York City, staging a “Yip-In” that ultimately results in an “extraordinary display of unprovoked police brutality” and 61 arrests. March 31: LBJ Out: Embattled President Lyndon Johnson addresses the US public about Vietnam on TV, and shocks the nation with his closing remark that he will focus on the war effort and not seek a second elected term as President. Spring: Reggae: “Nanny Goat” by Larry Marshall, and Do the Reggay by Toots and the Maytals mark the arrival of a new musical genre. Johnny Nash (“Hold Me Tight”), and Paul McCartney (“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”) are inspired by the Jamaican sound. March–May: Columbia University protests, New York City. Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers becomes a protest slogan at this time, as well as the name of a radical activist group. April: The US Department of Defense begins calling-up reservists for duty in Vietnam. The US Supreme Court turns down a challenge to the mobilization in October. April 4: MLK Assassinated: The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, TN. Drifter James Earl Ray is soon arrested for the murder. The King family later expresses complete doubt as to Ray's guilt. Violence erupts in cities across the US, with thousands of Federal guardsman dispatched. Memphis, TN, Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, Kansas City, MO, and Washington, DC are hotspots. April 5: A Yippie plot to disrupt the upcoming August Democratic Convention in Chicago is published in Time. April 6: Oakland Shootout: Black Panther Bobby Hutton is killed and Eldridge Cleaver is wounded in a gun battle with police. Cleaver later claims that Hutton was murdered while in police custody. April 8: The US Bureau of Narcotics (from Treasury) and Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (from the Food and Drug Administration) merge into the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, substantially ramping-up anti-drug efforts. April 14: The Easter Sunday “Love-In” is held in Malibu Canyon, CA. April 27: Anti-war protesters march in several US cities, including 87,000 in Central Park, NYC. May: The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers first appear in The Rag, an Austin TX underground paper. May 2: MAI 68: Massive student protests erupt in France which escalate and spread, leading to a general strike and widespread civil unrest during May and June, bringing the country to a virtual standstill. May 10: The Paris Peace Talks commence in France. The war in Southeast Asia is the subject of the negotiations. May 12: Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign establishes “Resurrection City”, a shanty town on the National Mall in Washington D.C., with around 5,000 protesters. May 17: Catonsville Nine: Catholic priests opposed to the war including Daniel Berrigan destroy draft records in a Maryland draft office. May 24–27: Louisville Riots: After a claim of police brutality, police and thousands of National Guard confront rioting protesters and looters. Two black teens die before order is restored. June 3: Artist Andy Warhol is shot and wounded by a “radical feminist” writer. June 5: RFK Assassinated: Senator Robert Francis Kennedy, winner of the California primary earlier that day, and the new presumptive Democratic presidential front-runner, is mortally wounded in Los Angeles. RFK dies June 6. June 19: “Solidarity Day” protest at Resurrection City draws 55,000 participants. June 24: Remnants of “Resurrection City”, with only about 300 protesters still remaining, razed by riot police. July 17: The Beatles' post-psychedelic, pop-art animated film Yellow Submarine is released in the UK (November 13 in the US). July 28–30: University of California, Berkeley campus shut down by protests. August 21: Prague Spring: Communist tanks roll in Czechoslovakia and crush the popular anti-Soviet uprising which began in January. August 25–29: Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The proceedings are overshadowed by massive protests staged by thousands of demonstrators of every stripe. Mayor Daley's desire to enforce order in the city results in egregious police brutality, televised on national airwaves. On the third night, police indiscriminately attack protesters and bystanders, including journalists Mike Wallace, Dan Rather and Hugh Hefner. The spectacle is a turning point for both supporters and critics of the larger movement. August 26: Revolution?: Lennon's B-side to McCartney's smash “Hey Jude” is released. Its eschewing of violent protest is seen as a betrayal by some on the left. A version recorded earlier is released in November and suggests indecision as to Lennon's stance on violence. August 31: First Isle of Wight Festival featuring Jefferson Airplane, Arthur Brown, The Move, T-Rex and The Pretty Things. September 7: Miss America Protest: Feminists demonstrate against what they call “The Degrading Mindless-Boob-Girlie Symbol,” filling a “freedom trash can” with items including mops, pots and pans, Cosmopolitan and Playboy magazines, false eyelashes, high-heeled shoes, curlers, hairspray, makeup, girdles, corsets, and bras. The widely reported “burning of bras” is, however, a myth. September 24: The Mod Squad: “One Black, One White, One Blonde” is the tagline for the hip, troubled-kids-turned-cops TV police drama which debuts on ABC. September 28: 10,000 in Chicago protest on one-month anniversary of the convention violence. Fall: Stewart Brand begins publication of The Whole Earth Catalog. October 2: Tlatelolco massacre: Students and police violently clash in Mexico City. October 16: Mexico '68: Medal-winning American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their gloved hands on the Olympic award podium to protest global human rights shortcomings. Their demonstration is met with both international praise and death threats alike. October 18: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested for drug possession in London. Lennon is only fined for his first offence, and more serious obstruction charges against the pair are dropped, but the arrest will later serve as the pretext for the politically motivated attempted deportation of Lennon from the US in the 1970s. October 25: Emile de Antonio's highly controversial and Oscar nominated anti-war documentary In the Year of the Pig (per the Chinese “Year of the Pig”) is released. Although it is otherwise reported, and de Antonio aspires to the leftist badge of honor, de Antonio technically never appears on President Nixon's Enemies List. October 27: 25,000 march in London against the Vietnam war. October 31: President Johnson orders a halt to the aerial bombing of North Vietnam. November 5: Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon defeats sitting VP Hubert Humphrey, and the George Wallace/Curtis Lemay ticket in a close race. Nixon in January becomes the 37th President of the US, ending eight years of Democrat Party control of the White House. November 6: Head: The Monkees delve into psychedelia in an ambitious but unpromoted and little seen film co-written and co-produced by Jack Nicholson. November 6: Students demanding minority studies courses begin a strike at San Francisco State College, where demonstrations and clashes occur into March 1969, making it the longest student strike in US history. November 11: Two Virgins: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's experimental album is released. Beatles' labels EMI and Capitol (US) refuse distribution, as the cover features the couple in shocking full frontal nudity. Lennon later describes the cover as a depiction of two slightly overweight ex-junkies. November 22: The Beatles' White Album is released. The band's hair is very long, and the musical content is not psychedelic. December 24: Earthrise: A striking photograph of the Earth taken from lunar orbit is called “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.”
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