The Prisoner and the Summer of Love, by Robert “B.C.” Carlson

The year 1967 saw some amazing creativity. The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper, and the greatest 45 RPM record of all time, “Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane.” The Moody Blues fused rock and classical music in their influential Days of Future Passed. Jimi Hendrix burst onto the scene with his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival and release of two albums. The Doors and Jefferson Airplane brought new experimentation to rock music. Hollywood brought us The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

One of my all-time favorite TV series was also produced that year. The Prisoner, created by and starring Patrick McGoohan, was (probably) the first surreal weekly program, one that preceded (and likely influenced) all those surreal shows that came later (from Twin Peaks to Mr Robot).

My daughter and I are now watching the series (I haven’t seen it in many years). I am still amazed at how creative, how totally different and how far ahead of its time that show was.

Long live the memory of the Summer of Love!

Robert “B.C.” Carlson

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