This Day in Death

8.18.12: Scott McKenzie, “San Francisco” Vocalist – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 9:39 am August 20, 2012

In 1967, just having a copy of this record sleeve in your car qualified you for a DUI.


Singer Scott McKenzie, best known for his top ten club banger “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),” died over the weekend at the age of 73. Cause of death was not publicized, which means I get to make something up and, if not legally disputed within 7 days, it becomes official. It’s why Ray Bradbury died from Werewolfitis, you know.

Annnnnnd let’s go to the heavy-handed block quote:

It seems to me that the McKenzie’s song is something like Jorge Luis Borges’ singular point in “The Aleph.”

Oh holy pretentious fuck here we go…

The song contains the potential of San Francisco in the ’60s when people like the Diggers, Oswley Stanley (the LSD alchemist), the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and various other individuals and groups were attempting a radical reimagining of how society should work, before opportunistic drug dealers (like the mafia), the CIA, media attention and conservative hysteria, as well as mainstream recuperation of the countercultural ethos, tore the whole thing apart.

In that light, McKenzie’s “San Francisco” at once rides the light and darkness of that time. The infinite potential running up against the destructive power of America’s culture of greed and power.

Honestly, that reads like an article in one of those newspapers homeless people are always selling downtown. It’s just a collection of vaguely profound-sounding phrases and references to events that may or may not have ever occurred. I mean, I’m not saying I know for a fact that 9/11 *wasn’t* orchestrated by a team of hyper-intelligent snake people, I just doubt the guy wearing four winter coats in the middle of July managed to crack the case.

 

Source: Death & Taxes

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