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Old 01-26-2005, 01:46 PM   #19
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I remember this song and its era very well. In fact, this was the song that got me interested in Lightfoot.
As children we were taken to Detroit summers on vacation...we even stayed one of the main riot points, the Algiers Motel. After 1967 we were never taken back again. There was considerable discussion & backlash at the time regarding this song...especially with the many race riots in the summer of '68. Since LIghtfoot had lived in Detroit, I assume he wrote this from a personal point of view. I was working in a radio station in the early 70's and remember hearing that stations in the US had been told by their management not to play I went and bought the album...and still have it!!
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