Since we're now in the midst of political convention season, there will probably never be a better time to blog a couple of MP3s about the riotous meltdown experienced in Chicago during the Democrats' 1968 convention. Although over 500 people were arrested in the social unrest, a small group known as the Chicago Eight received far more media attention than all the other cases combined. Later, when Bobby Seale's case was handled in a separate trial, the group became known as the Chicago Seven.
Featured below are two very different takes on the calamitous event. On occasion, I'm unable to resist poking holes in conventional wisdom, so I feel obligated to point out that the Warren Farren record, the one that expresses bitter contempt and derision for the rioters and protesters, was released on a label headquartered in a city celebrated for its progressive attitudes: New York City.
And the record that depicts those arrested as peaceful and patriotic citizens engaging in entirely lawful protests? That one came from Oklahoma City.
Warren Farren - Chicago 7 (2:38)
Walt Wilder - Chicago's "7" (2:22)