Tales and tunes from the decade of peace, love, and violence

Words and music will come together in a highly unique way at Turns & Tales Board Game Cafe on King Street in Chatham on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. when Wallaceburg wordsmith John Gardiner and tribute band Spirit of the Sixties combine to take you back in time to the 1960’s for a couple of hours.

Gardiner will be reading from his recently-released memoir, My Lefthanded, Backwards, Upsidedown Life, which tells the story of his growing up and coming of age years, mostly during the decade of peace, love and violence. Spirit of the Sixties, which will perform acoustically without bass and drums, will play tunes like Come Together by the Beatles, No Sugar Tonight by the Guess Who, The Weight by the Band, Eight Miles High by the Byrds and many other period pieces.

“We’re hoping to transport people back to a time when life seemed somehow simpler,” Gardiner said. “It’ll only be for a couple of hours, but it should be a welcome break from some of the things happening in the outside world.”

Gardiner’s memoir includes stories about his time in army cadets, hanging out at school dances and getting involved in various aspects of the emerging hippie drug subculture that was seeping into every area of small town life back then.

“It really was a fun and totally different time to grow up in,” Gardiner said. “There were downsides, as well, but a lot of major social movements started to really happen and, for better or worse, we’re living with the changes from that whole time.”

Thursday, November 2 from 7-9 p.m. at Turns and Tales at 213 King Street W. in Chatham….catch an interesting and highly unique evening of entertainment…it’s a PWYC event….

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