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Some will call you a visionary, others a Cassandra. Some will simply call you "heavy."

Despite the impression that television might give, Hendrix, the Who, and the Jefferson Airplane were not the only sound of their generation. In fact, when a hundred thousand college students headed home from Woodstock, the song they probably listened to on the drive back to Long Island wasn't Purple Haze -- it was the ponderous In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) by Denny Zager and Rick Evans, the biggest stars ever to emerge from the Lincoln, Nebraska, motel-lounge circuit. With their trippy dystopian visions of an armless, foodless future, Zager and Evans were like Nostradamus for bong smokers, and they ruled the pop universe absolutely in the summer of 1969. So why have you never heard of them? Blame the relentless efforts of the baby boomers to package and market a grossly incomplete "official" memory of their teenage years. With their talk of environmental collapse, human cloning, and the total disappearance of chewy foods, your Birthstar provided powerful and thought-provoking subject matter to a generation grappling with the urgent question of whether their entire universe might be, like, just a single atom in the fingernail of some giant creature somewhere. Yet like so many stars in the constellation Had to Be There, they've been nearly expunged from popular memory, the tragic victims of the what-were-we-thinking phenomenon. You too might someday find yourself the unlikely master of a given moment in space-time, but always remember that instant fans can sometimes be fickle.
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In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)  Jul 6-Aug 16, 1969
The Lady Miss Kier (8/15/69) and Cris Judd are popstrological children of Zager and Evans.


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