Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rock, Folk, & Popular Music in Orange County

Come learn about popular music groups and artists who got their start in Orange County, and the clubs and venues (like the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, pictured above, and the Prison of Socrates in Balboa, pictured below) that helped launch them. The Orange County Historical Society will present “Orange County: Cooler Than It Knew How To Be,” with longtime O.C. journalist and cub historian Jim Washburn on Thurs., Mar. 14, 7:30pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange.
Jim will look at O.C.’s musical past to explain how, “despite prevailing perceptions, culture wasn’t hurtin’ behind the Orange Curtain.” For over 30 years, Jim has written about music and popular culture in the O.C. Register, the L.A. Times, the OC Weekly and other publications, as well as curating several exhibits about same at the Fullerton Museum Center.

The photo below shows a modern view of the favorite beatnik hangout, The Prison of Socrates. Today it's a BJ's Pizza. Note the wonderful deco facade.
Hope to see you on Thursday!


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Anonymous said...

The program Jim Washburn delivered was out of this world; loved it! Jim presented a lot of great images and very interesting historical information. So many fantastic programs this season, beginning with California Style Watercolors in O.C. by Gordon McClelland, on to last month's tribute to the late t.v. show host Huell Howser. Speaking of Gordon McClelland, his new book on California Scene Paintings from 1930s to 1960s is now available; really fabulous. The traveling art exhibit for this publication just opened at Pasadena Museum of California Art. CRA is a revolutionary new concept for the art world; a blend of California history and wonderful works of art! - Daralee

Anonymous said...


Very interesting. Please tell us more about the beatnicks in HB!

- HB kid in exile on the east coast

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