“We Didn’t Start the Camera Fire”

So there is this friend who first gave me an idea: using Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” as a template to see how many of these culturally significant events that I have already covered in writing this blog. Joel’s song, and subsequent music video which follows an American middle-class couple during tumultuous social times was a rebuttal to the criticism of Baby Boomer generation. In the video, during each chorus, Joel beats on a table while in the background, appropriately for this blog, famous photographs are burnt.

So here is the song:

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television, North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom, Brando, “The King and I”, and “The Catcher in the Rye

Eisenhower, vaccine, England’s got a new queen, Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye


Josef Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev, Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc

Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, dacron, Dien Bien Phu and “Rock Around the Clock”

Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team, Davy Crockett, “Peter Pan”, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, KhrushchevPrincess Grace, “Peyton Place”, trouble in the Suez


Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac, Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, “Bridge on the River Kwai”

Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball, Starkweather, homicide, children of thalidomide

Buddy Holly, “Ben-Hur”, space monkey, Mafia, hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no go

U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy, Chubby Checker, “Psycho”, Belgians in the Congo


Hemingway, Eichmann, “Stranger in a Strange Land”, Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs Invasion

“Lawrence of Arabia”, British Beatlemania, Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex, JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say


Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon, back again, Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock

Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline, Ayatollolah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

“Wheel of Fortune” , Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide, Foreign debts, homeless vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz

Hypodermics on the shore, China’s under martial law, Rock and Roller Cola Wars, I can’t take it anymore


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9 thoughts on ““We Didn’t Start the Camera Fire”

  1. I see at least two I have seen on your site… England’s got a new Queen… you have several pics of HM and Princess Grace…

    you need to revisit this!

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