Pop thinking

War pictures

Feb 11th, 2015 | By | Category: Pop thinking

On grey days when mist and cloud create a semi-darkness even in mid-afternoon, certain music is therapeutic. Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Band have the capacity to change the mood, to bring another world into the confines of a small and battered Peugeot car. It was The Band’s “The Night they drove old Dixie down” that launched a train of thought. “In the winter of ’65, we were hungry, just barely alive”, goes the song.

The winter of ’65? A hundred and fifty years ago. Why had a song about …