50 moments from 1969 that shaped entertainment and pop culture

Jim Morrison of the Doors nearly sparks a riot on March 1 during a concert in Miami where police alleged he exposed himself, though it seems likely he only simulated the dirty deed.
Jim Morrison of the Doors nearly sparks a riot on March 1 during a concert in Miami where police alleged he exposed himself, though it seems likely he only simulated the dirty deed.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY PETER LARSEN AND PUBLISHED BY PASADENA STAR NEWS ON JANUARY 18, 2019.

It was the last year of the ’60s, and the last year for Boris Karloff, Judy Garland and the Beatles, too. But it was also the first year for Led Zeppelin, Jennifer Aniston, “Easy Rider” and Jay-Z, too.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent part of it in bed in public. The Doors’ Jim Morrison spent part of it in jail. Moviegoers spent time watching “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” while at home they watched a brand-new show called “The Brady Bunch” about a brand-new kind of blended family, the youngest ones in curls.

There were also other big moments outside the bounds of entertainment — a moon landing, a war that rolled on despite rising protests against it — but those too had implications for pop culture in decades to come.

This is 1969 from 50 years on, the good, the bad, the ugly and the odd.

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