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1968: The year in entertainment

Rage and wonder in 1968: The year war came through the TV and I felt pieces of childhood ending

Every generation has its art, music, literature, crystallizing forces that define who we are in the time space continuum. But 1968 was the beginning of my long coming of age.

In 1968, moviegoers had a lot more choices before blockbuster fever took over

The difference between then and now at the movies? In 1968, before blockbusters sucked up all the air at the cineplex, there was a wide-ranging choice of films available to moviegoers. Kenneth Turan looks at the movies of 1968.

Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968

Upsetting the modernist status quo in 1968 were Terry Riley's transformative "In C," Luciano Berio's "Sinfonia" with a movement memorializing Martin Luther King Jr., Stockhausen's mystical tune-in, turn-on "Stimmung" and Hans Werner Henze's "The Raft of the Medusa," dedicated to Che.

In May 1968, the Cannes Film Festival ground to a halt. Fifty years later, it's still sparking controversy

A look at the tumultuous events that led to the shutdown of 1968's Cannes Film Festival, fostering a debate over cinema, politics and whether life should trump art (or vice versa). Plus, how today's real-life conflicts challenge the present-day festival.

The 10 best movies of 1968, according to the film critic who reviewed them all

The 10 best movies of 1968, as chosen by then-L.A. Times film critic Charles Champlin. From the archives Jan. 5, 1969

How filmmaking, romance and the politics of 1968 collide in Michel Hazanavicius's 'Godard Mon Amour'

Michel Hazanavicius' new film “Godard Mon Amour” puts the tumultuous events of Paris in 1968 in relation to the tortured romance of Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel) and Anne Wiasemsky (Stacy Martin).

Watching 'The Smothers Brothers,' 'Laugh-In' and the Democratic National Convention

Watching "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" and "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in a year of war, riots and assassination.

'The Mod Squad,' 'Adam-12' and how TV brought the counterculture into 1968's cop shows

"The Mod Squad" and “Adam-12,' two L.A.-based cop shows that began in 1968, had different views of policing but each brought the counterculture into their worlds as hippies were going mainstream on TV.

When pop music got big: 1968 and the birth of arena rock

With the first rock concerts at the Forum in Inglewood and New York's Madison Square Garden, the stages were set in 1968 for the dawn of arena rock, a new concert genre that took off when Cream had the distinction of being the first band to play both mega venues.

The Velvet Underground, Aretha Franklin, Tiny Tim: An alternate history of music in 1968

Mikael Wood runs down 10 albums that show what else was happening in that important year.

When the Doors brought original rock bad boy Jerry Lee Lewis to the Forum in 1968

Inside the 1968 Doors' Los Angeles concert at the Forum in Inglewood, when Jim Morrison argued with the audience, recited poetry and sat cross-legged on the stage.

California Sounds 1968: 10 essential Los Angeles-infused records from a kaleidoscopic era

A look at 10 essential, under-the-radar L.A.-area records from 1968, including works by Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Three Dog Night and Alice Coltrane.

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