Mad Men is back, which is great. In addition to the multilayered work of Matthew Weiner and his cohorts on the series, the accompanying history and popular culture are concomitant joys of that show; it’s fun to work out when a particular episode is set and run down the attendant details. Season 6’s opener, “The Doorway,” happens at the end of December, 1967. “Hey,” some folks said, “What about the Summer Of Love”? Having Season 5 end before it started and Season 6 starting after it was over was a deliberate choice Matthew Weiner made, and it’s not tough to see why. The Summer Of Love happened in San Francisco — miles away, both geographically and psychically, from Manhattan, Rye NY and Madison Avenue specifically. Weiner said his specific reasoning for that choice was that the come-down and “hangover” offered a richer range of dramatic possibilities than the groovalicious summer months of 1967.
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Doug Thompson: CONFESSIONS OF A PROFESSIONAL ROCK AND ROLL INTERVIEWER – “AND SO, DEAR FRIENDS, YOU’LL JUST HAVE TO CARRY ON. THE DREAM IS OVER.”Posted in Opinion with tags Allan Slaight, Allan Waters, Bob Laine, CHUM, CJCA, David Marsden, DBAWIS, Don't Believe a Word I Say, Doug Thompson, Duff Roman, Graham Nash, John Donabie, John Lennon, New York Radio Festival, Pete Bennett, Peter Miniaci, Pirate Radio and Television, radio, Roger Ashby, Terry O’Reilly on February 8, 2013 by segarini
I’ve been interviewing musicians, singers, actors, authors, record producers, session players and songwriters for almost 40 years…everyone from ABBA to Frank Zappa. I’ve also produced over a thousand hours of radio programs that have been heard around the world. Every interview and program has a story behind it.
This is one of them.
When I first started in radio in 1964 at CJCA in Edmonton (while still attending school), then, in February of 1965, being hired at CHUM Toronto, the station I’d dreamed of working for since I was 13 years old, I never for one second, ever imagined I’d become a professional rock and roll interviewer. Of course, that was and is only part of what I did and continue to do.
Filling in for Cam Carpenter (who is busy with the NXNE Film Fest this week) is Legendary radio and television producer and writer, Doug Thompson. Cam will be back next week, but look for Doug to be popping up again soon.
John Lennon wrote that lyric for the song “Beautiful Boy”. It works for this column as well. When Bob Segarini and I first discussed my writing this, I thought I’d tell some funny stories about some of the interviews I’ve done since 1964 (my first year in radio). There’ve been over a thousand in total with everyone from ABBA to Frank Zappa and all the letters of the alphabet in between. I thought I’d start with one of my favourites, Ringo Starr and a couple of thousand words later, there was no room or time for anyone else. That’s why this is only one of many.
No one sets out in life wanting to start a record label. It’s not an occupation with a true calling like a doctor, a policeman, or a porn star. In public school they’d often have career days and would go from student to student asking what we wanted to be when we grew up. At the time I said: ASTRONOMER.