When I bought this record 4.5 years ago I had heard about Antoine and I had seen pictures of him but I had never listened to his music before. So you can say I bought this album for the coverart alone. And it was such a nice surprise when I discovered it's actually a very nice French freakbeat/garage/protest singer-songwriter album with lots of Farfisa organ vibes, angry Bob Dylan like harmonica playing, savage singing. You can't go wrong with this one, early Antoine records are amazing gems.
Antoine was clearly a rebel protesting the conservative establishment for freedom, peace and being able to live the life they wanted.
And that's another reason why I like the 60's so much: the commitment of the people to change the world for the better and fight against injustice. The way the counterculture was spreading peace, love and understanding. And the revolution of menswear. Many subcultures from the 60's allowed men to look less ultra-masculine than ever before. Think about the long hair, the tight trousers, high-heeled Beatle boots, bold patterend shirts, paisley scarves,... For many men this was a liberation, to free theirself from traditional gender stereotypes and dress like they wanted. I don't say there is anything wrong with masculine men or that masculine looking mods or hippies didn't exist. I just say men got more freedom to express their personality.
Or like the poet Allen Ginsberg said in an interview (and he clearly spoke as a gay person in this case): "The Beatles changed American consciousness, they introduced a new note of complete masculinity allied with complete tenderness and vulnerability. And when that note was accepted in America, it did more than anything or anyone to prepare us for some kind of open-minded, open-hearted relationship with each other - and the rest of the world"
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