Faced with a Killer Virus, Economic Meltdown, A Climate Emergency and Growing Strife in Cities South of the Border – There Are Days When One Can’t Help But Wonder
A Brief One by Doug Draper at Niagara At Large
Posted June 3rd, 2020
“Any you tell me over and over and over again my friend, ah you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.”
When ‘Eve Of Destruction’ first exploded onto the charts in the summer of 1965 – at a time when short of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary and a few others, The Beatles and most of the other big-name artists were then still singing songs about falling in and out of love – it became an immediate soundtrack for a growing nightmare that was our concern, at the time, over a global nuclear war, a growing war in Vietnam, racial strife and an environmental crisis at the time that sparked the first Earth Day in 1970.
That song was written by a guy named P.F. Sloan, a popular songwriter at the time, but it was sung and made famous by Barry McGuire.
I remember Barry McGuire playing at a bar in Niagara, Ontario in the 1980s, and people who had devolved from being hippies and yippies, to the yuppies (young urban and suburban professionals) all about their careers and making money, making fun of him appearing here in a lowly bar and maybe singing that song at that point.
Barry McGuire had gone from having a blockbuster song that defined the times, to – ‘who cares about a song like that now.’
Speed forward to some 30 years later.
If anything, that song is as bang-on now as it was when it first hit the charts and some radio stations across North American actually banned it because, in their view, it was not in keeping with fanning the flames of mindless patriotism.
So here is ‘Eve Of Destruction’, with a rather contemporary video accompanying it, that you can hear by clicking on the screen below –
Thank You to Barry McGuire – now, believe it or not, more than 80 years old – for leaving us with this now so timely song.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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