Here’s a collection of videos hand-picked by Ken to remind you that there are indeed moving pictures from that prehistoric era. Now you can see what they really looked like without all the smoke in the way.
Those damn longhairs.

This is a fascinating and very “establishment” view of the evolution of the Sunset Strip scene I write about in the sample chapter here, including the Pandora’s Box uprising. 

This clip has so much scolding, I feel I have to repeat: I had nothing to do with the riots. Don’t hurt me.

The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, August 23, 1964

This is about the best footage of this event I’ve found anywhere. They played despite my not being there. Four bucks a ticket? Are they kidding me?
Here’s a pretty cool mini-documentary of L.A.’s most iconic rock group, The Mamas and Papas. It’s sort of a biography of an autobiography - the story of “Creeque Alley.”

It begins with their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and Mama Cass’ now-famous “Cue the tape” audible on live network TV.
A pair of Clairol commercials from around 1966. If you couldn’t live the California life, you can look like you did with the help of these fine chemicals.
Speaking of action...

WHERE THE ACTION IS! was an ambitious Dick Clark project that ran every weekday afternoon for an exhausting two seasons on ABC-TV. They’d go to wherever “the action” was; New York, Hawaii, in this case Detroit, and always somewhere in Los Angeles. It was wherever the day’s hottest stars were always seemingly caught spontaneously lip-synching their hits in front of a handful of teens.

I’m still in awe of the grueling shooting schedule and the ridiculous places they put Paul Revere and the Raiders - yet also relieved that as of this writing, Ryan Seacrest will not own this and other Dick Clark shows.
For many normal people, a song or an album represents the soundtrack of their teen life. This was my soundtrack - the Johnny Mann Singers’ greatest hits: The KHJ Boss Radio jingles.
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Lloyd Thaxton was aguably the most charismatic and hard working of the myriad teen dance show hosts we had in L.A. 

Most shows like this were hosted by disc jockeys who were content to just introduce the records and step aside while the kids danced and did all the work. Lloyd was the first to realize “this was TELEVISION;” you had to do something VISUAL. Here, in full suit, he relentlessly pedals a stationary bike while lip-synching Georgie Fame’s “Getaway.”

You’ll read about my attempts to get on Lloyd’s show in the book.
Here I talk about THE ME GENERATION...BY ME with KCAL/9’s Suzie Suh and Sandra Mitchell. My triumphant return to Hollywood.
Here’s more of Lloyd, but here, he’s more of an innocent bystander in this 1966 Milton Berle Show sketch (with Steve Allen). It was typical TV variety fare, made to corroborate (what ABC thought were) our parents’ perceptions of youth culture. Our younger readers might now understand why my generation was so pissed off all the time.

At least they used Lloyd’s theme music to open this abysmal segment. It goes downhill from there.
It took almost half a century, but now we guys finally get to see what the girls had to sit through when THEY were herded into their Sex Ed class. 

I can just imagine how much I’d score if I knew the information in this film. “If you’re not busy scrubbing your newly-found sweat glands Friday, you want to see a movie?”

Part one.

Part two.

I’m guessing about five minutes in is when the class broke out into uncontrollable laughter - or massive fainting - depending on your knowledge of the subject.

Once upon a time, TV sitcoms had real theme songs. Here’s a great collection from the first half of the 60’s - from shows with classy broads and lovable lugs. How many of these can you identify?

Come along with Ken as he revisits the scene of the crime: A tour of Woodland Hills, including the house he grew up in, Topanga Plaza and Taft High School.