My current Kindle for TouchPad reading includes Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 by David Browne. As the title suggests, the author makes the case that 1970 was a pivotal year for these groups and for the society. 1970 was the year of the Kent State shootings and of the Manson trial.
The first half of 1970 I was a high school junior. In September of 1970 I started my senior year.
The summer between had a huge impact on my life. I attended the co-ed John Hay Summer Residential Institute hosted at Marks Hall, Claremont Men's (now McKenna) College in Claremont. I spent a month on the campus of the Claremont Colleges. The thirty or so of us read Ralph Ellison, D.H. Lawrence, Camus, Freud, and Malinowski. We went to classical music concerts and took up art projects. We visited the Honnold Library and the Huntley Bookstore.We ate our meals together in the dining hall and in general lived together for a month.
I discovered Pitzer College, where I applied, where I was admitted, and from where I graduated.
"And that," to quote Frost, "has made all the difference."
1970 was a life-changing year for me.