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  • Writer's pictureDr Kathleen Rosenblatt

The Sixties loved the Absurd


After each atrocious war, life would appear simply absurd. The Surrealists discovered how to play with the Absurd and in the early Sixties, it became even more fun. In 1963, film maker Federico Fellini gave us his weird Surrealist comedy-drama "8 1/2." On TV, both adults and kids were raised on Soupy Sales, a wacky comedian with an improv personality that made mayhem fun. Besides Mad Magazine and the National Lampoon, we had endless silly novelty songs, garbled nonsense titles, and cryptic message songs. Numerous recordings had only syllables for lyrics. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow or Doo-ron-de-ron-de ron… and Mimi, mamamama, mumu. “They’re coming to Take me Away’ ha-ha! To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time.” Poet Allen Ginsburg suggested: “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”

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