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Up Next at Talking ‘ Bout My Generation – October, 2021

Smithsonian Associates Presents:

“We’re Not Going To Take It!”: A Century of Marches, Protests, and Rallies in the Nation’s Capital

In-person National Mall walking tour guided by Dave Price, creator and operator of the DC-based Talking ‘ Bout My Generation: The Baby Boomer Experience

  • Oct 1 – 8 to 10 am
  • Oct 5 – 10 am to noon
  • Oct 17 – 4 to 6 pm

For complete tour details, click here for the Smithsonian Associates website.a

Welcome to Talking ‘Bout My Generation: The Baby Boomer Experience (1946 to Today)

Hey there. My name is Dave Price. Or as I sometimes bill myself here at Talking ‘Bout My Generation … Older Today Dave … and I’d like to tell you a little about our DC-based program.

As you probably guessed from the full title, Talking ‘Bout My Generation deals with things interesting or important to Baby Boomers, the large generation born between 1946 (the 1st year after World War II) to 1964 (the year the Beatles arrived in America).

Since I arrived on the planet in 1952, I have been around to personally witness all but 6 years of the continuing Baby Boom era. When I retired from the 9-to-5 work world in 2016, I decided to use the skills I had developed in my 12 years in journalism, 20 years in high school English teaching, and 9 years as an educational consultant to create and operate Talking ‘Bout My Generation (and yes, I did steal the title from the 1965 Who single).

During our 1st 3 years, our projects included the writing and publishing of my book Come Together: How the Baby Boomers, the Beatles, and a Youth Counterculture Combined to Create the Music of the Woodstock Generation. (And yes, I did steal the title from the Beatles 1969 single – I’m sure you see a pattern developing here). I also guided Baby-Boom-themed tours at the former Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue and delivered a series of interactive lecture presentations at the Smithsonian and other DC venues.

However, the arrival of the Pandemic forced us to shelve all our projects. But that break did allow time to redesign and revamp our operation for its September, 2021 return.

I hope you will check out what our Talking ‘Bout My Generation has to offer by reading my book, subscribing to our blogs, listening to our podcasts, viewing our webcasts, attending our presentations, or joining us for one of the tours we design and guide.

This website is designed for you to discover what we offer. The website is divided into 3 parts. The 1st (located above) will highlight upcoming programs. The second (of which this post is a part) will detail what we offer. The 3rd, and by far the longest section, will showcase our best articles, podcasts, and webcasts dealing with the history, music, pop culture, and lifestyle of the Baby Boom Generation.

And, finally, if you do like what we’re offering, please subscribe to the email link above so you can get regular updates on what’s new at Talking ‘Bout My Generation: The Baby Boomer Experience.

Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Talks/Lectures/Presentations Available for Any Group, Organization, or Venue

Talks from my book Come Together

Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On: How Did Rock and Roll Come to Be?

  • 12 Changes That Paved the Way for the Rock and Roll of the 50s
  • 9 Musical Styles That Were Mixed and Merged to Create a New Type of Music Called Rock and Roll
  • What Was the 1st Rock and Roll Record

Setting the Stage for the Beatles

  • Rockin’ ‘Round the Clock: DJ Alan Freed, the combo band Bill Haley and His Comets, and the movie Blackboard Jungle ignite a rock and roll explosion
  • The King and Court: Elvis and 6 other rock and roll pioneers who greatly influenced the Beatles
  • A New Frontier: The music of the Kennedy years (1960 to 1963)

From Rock and Roll to Rock: A 6-year musical road trip from Liverpool to Woodstock

  • 1964 – The Beatles and the Music of the British Invasion
  • 1965 – With Rubber Soul, The Beatles, Under the Influence of Bob Dylan and Pot, Create Song Lyrics with More Mature Meanings
  • 1966 – Garage Rock Rules, but Albums like the Beatles’ Revolver Begin Making LPs More Important Than 45 Singles
  • 1967 – With the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s as Its Soundtrack, a Summer of Love Gives Birth to Psychedelic Rock and the Hippie Lifestyle
  • 1968 – The Music of the Beatles, the Stones, and Others Reflect Turbulent Times
  • 1969 – The Beatles Stay Home But from Atlantic Pop to Woodstock to the Isle of Wright to Altamont, It’s a Year of the Big Music Festival

Audio Video Rock Talks from Our Rock and Pop Culture Division – Rock of Agers Icons

The Bands

  • Here, There, and Everywhere: How the World Would Be Much Different Without the Influences of the Beatles
  • What a Drag It Is Getting Old: What the Rolling Stones Can Teach All of Us About Aging
  • A Traveling Show of Deadheads and Tie-Dye: The Radical, Yet Highly Successful Business Plan of the Grateful Dead

Individual Artists

  • The Answer Is Blowin’ in the Wind: The Great Protest Anthems of Bob Dylan
  • Is a Dream a Lie If It Don’t Come True or Is It Something Worse: Bruce Springsteen and the Unfilled Promise of the American Dream
  • Rebel, Rebel: David Bowie Drives GlamRock, Androgyny, and Gay Life Style

Talking ‘ Bout My Generation Podcasts/ Webcasts Planned for 2021

Podcasts

  • Price Points – Talking About People, Places, Things, and Ideas That Interest Me Today as a Boomer in My Late 60s
  • Just Take Those Old Records Off the Shelf: The Music of the JFK Years (1960 to 1963)
  • Bullet Points: Exploring the Effects of Gun Violence in America with Co-Host Award-Winning Florida Educator Sarah Lerner
  • Democracy in Danger

Webcasts

  • The Boomer Experience: Pop Goes the Culture: Checking Back on the New, the Cool, the Hep, the Hip, and the Groovy of the Initial Decades of the Baby Boom Era
  • Play Free Bird – The Sounds of the70s: The Great Artists, Albums and Singles of the 1st Full Era of Classic Rock 
  • Divided We Stand (weekly on-line internet show hosted by NJ Educator Brian Weinstein with me as co-host)

We Can’t Know What We Don’t Know

Claude Nadir in the role I knew him – Dunbar educator
Nadir as “Philosopher King” rap MC

This article 1st appeared in The Prices Do DC 4.16.2014

We often think we know people, but many times we don’t know them as well as we think we do. Case in point – my relationship with my fellow educator Claude Nadir.

I met Nadir 3 years ago when I began consulting at Dunbar High School. Dunbar was once the preeminent black high school in America, but, like its urban counterparts around the country, it has fallen on hard times. Only 18 percent of its students read on grade level. That number is even lower for math.

At the time I met him, Nadir was a media specialist. But it quickly became apparent he was much more – he was a mover, a shaper, a problem solver. For the next 3 years, we worked on several projects together. As you might expect, we also came to share our frustration with the chaos and counter-intuitiveness that comes with urban education, especially in a district as troubled as DC. But Nadir, an indefatigable worker, never gave up his belief that the school, with innovation and hard work, could be turned around. He had expressed that optimism in the state-of-the-art web site and the special radio spots he had designed for Dunbar.

When I last saw Nadir , he was making corrections to his plan for the state testing that was going on in the school. He was still at Dunbar, even though it was nearly 6 p.m. and the students had been gone for 2-and-a-half hours. Ever the perfectionist, Nadir was erasing some mistakes he had made and was once again revising the revisions of the revisions he had already made.

We joked. We exchanged a few pleasantries. We said goodbye.  I left for a Twilight school program at another school. Nadir stayed to finish his work.

On Monday, I received a shocking text from one of my fellow consultants. He had learned that Nadir, only 34, had died. The text didn’t contain any details, so I rushed to the internet to see what I could find.

Googling his name, I discovered that Nadir indeed had died. But I also found out that there was so much about Claude – just one of the many names he was known as – that I had never known.

A piece from the ArtsDesk section of the Washington City Paper described Akil Nadir as a “Philosopher King, the straight-ahead MC known for his battle rhymes and sophisticated bravado” who had “influenced the course of D.C. hip-hop” and produced “grown man rap music.”

It also said that Nadir was known to his family and friends as Claude Lumpkin. In his local rap career, he had variously performed as Cool Cee Brown and in a duo known as Dirty Water.

City Paper writer Marcus J. Moore reported that Nadir had first navigated local hip-hop as a teenager in the mid-1990s, when MCs were confined to small clubs on U Street because Chuck Brown and go-go then ruled the District.

Moore quoted local artist DJ RBI on Nadir and his rap rep. “He dealt with a lot of issues grown men could relate to,” DJ RBI said. “Certain guys come along and remind you of how great the culture of rhyming and making music can be. He was somebody people really paid attention to.”

Well, not everyone paid attention to Nadir’s music. I didn’t. I didn’t even know it existed. But exploring Nadir’s life on line further, I did find the frank, funny Claude I knew.

On his blog, Nadir had this to say about the controversial issue of standardized testing:

I was telling you yesterday about how we just wrapped up the 2011 standardized tests at work. And I thought later that you all might want to know what I think about standardized tests.

I think they suck.

And maybe you didn’t want to know what I think. I told you anyway because I know what’s best for you.

They suck because they’re dumb. The kids don’t take them seriously because in DC they don’t count for anything. In New York City, you can’t graduate from high school unless you pass their big standardized test. Same thing in Texas. In DC, however, because we’re all so damned smart, we’ve invested millions of dollars into a testing system that the students are supposed to take seriously because …because … because… if they don’t do well, all the teachers they hate will lose their jobs.

Brilliant!

But I guess I can’t really complain about standardized tests and how inadequate they are in the business of measuring student achievement until someone comes up with a better idea. And since we can’t crack open their skulls, as much as we may want to, and see what’s going on in there, tests will have to do.

Still, like one of my students said on the first day of testing, “I don’t see why we gotta take this stupid- ass test anyway. A nigga ain’t gone know what a nigga don’t know.”


Well, Claude Lumpkin Akil Nadir, that doesn’t apply only to young black men. It applies to 62-year-old white men, too. I’m sorry I never got to know about your musical life. I know I would have liked it. And I also know that if you put even a portion of your amazing effort and immense heart into your rapping that I watched you put into your educating, it would have definitely been the opposite of stupid-ass. So goodbye, Philosopher King. It was good to know you, even if I didn’t know as well as I could have.

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