7 O’Clock News/Silent Night – Simon And Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel perform a straightforward rendition of Silent Night (which with their harmonizing is still impressive). Overdubbed is a mock newscast highlighting not peace but political turbulence circa 1966. Civil rights, housing, the Vietnam War, crime and drugs (comedian Lenny Bruce, who overdosed) are the issues and events detailed. The juxtaposition of a soothing carol with the bad news is jarring.

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