Five Decades of Giving Thanks at the Voice

Friday, 24 November 2017, 06:10:02 PM. As 2017 winds down, let’s look past this annus horribilus to how the Voice covered Thanksgiving in years past. In 1963, the paper hit the...

As 2017 winds down, let’s look past this annus horribilus to how the Voice covered Thanksgiving in years past.

In 1963, the paper hit the stands on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, but the nation had little to be thankful for. John F. Kennedy had been assassinated six days earlier, and Voice reporters fanned out across the city to get New Yorkers’ reactions.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1969, the always-on-the-scene Village Voice photographer Fred McDarrah was at Madison Square Garden to photograph the Rolling Stones, who were a week away from the most infamous concert in rock history.

In the next decade, reporter Jack Newfield would start a Village Voice tradition of giving thanks to the city’s street-level heroes. That baton would be picked up in the Aughts by the incomparable Tom Robbins.

Robert Christgau had his own holiday ritual: a turkey shoot of the year’s musical releases, ranging from the mediocre to the truly dreadful. A month and a half after 9-11, he was particularly appalled by Enya’s “A Day Without Rain.”

Check out the slideshow for five decades of Voice Thanksgiving coverage, ranging from tragedy to humor, musical infamy, quiet heroism, a few classic ads, and a look at Donald Trump’s early business practices.

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