Is it really possible for one year be cooler than all others?
Yes it is.
I define cool as: 1) deep. 2) lasting influence, and 3) setting the standard that all others follow.
On the science front, 1959 was the first year primates went into space. It was the year of the announcement of the first microchip.
But that’s just scratching the surface.
If you’ve ever tapped your foot to music, odds are 1959 was involved.
If the only thing that happened musically in 1959 was the creation of the coolest of rock guitars, the Les Paul 1959 sunburst that would be pretty significant.
But there’s more.
One day in 1959, jazz giant Miles Davis met some of the best jazz musicians of all time in a studio in New York City. Instead of handing them fixed scripts, he gave them “sketches” of the sound he wanted.
No preparation. No rehearsal. Just the magic that takes place when people who know what they’re doing get together under the leadership of a master.
The resulting album “Kind of Blue” is, to this day, the best selling jazz album of all time.
Here’s what it sounds like:
– Ken McCarthy
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