I’ve never in my wildest dreams detected any reason to associate the cinematic realm of Woody Allen with Jefferson Airplane‘s “Volunteers,” a street-revolution song that was one of the standout tracks on their Volunteers album, which popped in late ’69. But rules are made to be broken. New York-area Jews are naturally liberal-minded, but like most Americans they didn’t know what to do with the radical mentality that permeated urban-left culture between early to mid ’68 (LBJ’s resignation, MLK and RFK’s assassination) and late ’74 (the resignation of Richard Nixon). Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes, a half-hour Amazon-produced series, will debut on 9.30.
Tom Wolfe‘s Radical Chic & Mau-Maing The Flak Catchers was about a similar kind of late ’60s cultural confrontation — elite, semi-enlightened Jews (represented by Leonard Bernstein and his wealthy friends) hosting a Park Avenue fund-raiser for the Black Panthers in June 1970. Before going to hardback the piece appeared in New York magazine — here it is.