Mathew J. Bartkowiak and Yuya Kiuchi's recent book from McFarland, The Music of Counterculture Cinema: A Critical Study of 1960s and 1970s Soundtracks, is an excellent read which does a thorough job of looking at myriad films from the era. While the authors examine cultural touchstones like the concert films Monterey Pop or Woodstock, the two also take looks at some less obvious choices like Roger Corman’s Gas-s-s-s or Barbarella.
We spoke by phone with one of the authors, Mat Bartkowiak, about the process of writing The Music of Counterculture Cinema, as well as his thoughts on the state of film soundtracks today.
Monkees, "Porpoise Song"
Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Killing Floor" (live)
Country Joe & the Fish, "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" (live)
The Beatles, "A Hard Day's Night"
Harry McClintock, "Big Rock Candy Mountain"
Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter"