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Malcolm X in Smethwick on February 12, 1965

Malcolm X, African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist poses beside the street sign for Marshall Street in Smethwick during a visit to the Midlands. Smethwick had become a byword for racial division following the 1964 general election. Some residents of Marshall Street were calling for the council to buy up empty houses and make them available to white families only. Malcolm told newspapers he was visiting because he was “disturbed by reports that coloured people in Smethwick are being treated badly”. He posed beside the nameplate, walked 50 yards up the street, smiled at a ‘for sale’ notice in the window of number 66 and returned to his car before being driven off. He was assassinated nine days later on February 21, 1965 . 

Damien Hirst (b. 1965; UK, Artist).
Love Lost (Large River Fish), 2000.
Aquatic tank and filtration unit, couch, table, stool, surgical instruments, computer ring, cup, watch and fish. 274.3 x 213.4 x 213.4 cm (9 ft x 7 ft x 7ftl. Courtesy: Damien Hirst/Science Ltd. and Gagosian Gallery, New York.

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On this day in music history: October 13, 1965 - “My Generation”, the third single by The Who is recorded. Written by Pete Townshend, it second UK hit single for the legendary rock band. Townshend take inspiration from singer Mose Allison’s song “Young Man Blues”. The songs crowning touch is provided by singer Roger Daltrey stuttering like a one of the bands mod fans on speed. Produced by Shel Talmy, the band records the song at IBC Studios in London. Recorded on three track tape, the final mono master features a second guitar part overdubbed by Townshend (direct to tape while being mixed) that features the songs trademark feedback. Released in the UK on November 5, 1965 (US release date is November 20, 1965), the song is an instant smash in their home country peaking at #2. Though it only peaks at #74 in the US, it goes on to be one of the most influential rock singles of all time. “My Generation” it is now part of the “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999. In 2002, “My Generation” is remixed into true stereo for the first time from the original three track multi-track tape, which has been the possession of Shel Talmy, and appears on the Deluxe Edition of The Who’s “My Generation” album.