Don Wilson, one of the founders of the Ventures, is 78 today. Here they are performing “Slaughter on 10th Avenue” in 1966 in Japan, where they were a bigger deal than the Beatles.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.