In honor of 'Mad Men's' final season: Great albums and movies from 1969

The Beatles' iconic Abbey Road album cover.

The Beatles' iconic Abbey Road album cover.

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The Beatles' "Abbey Road" The band was falling apart, but the music was some of its strongest -- from the impressively diverse double-sided single "Something" and "Come Together" to the epic suite that closes with "The End."

Johnny Cash's "At San Quentin" Sometimes, sequels are better. A sort-of follow-up to "At Folsom Prison," Cash is king on "A Boy Named Sue" and "Wanted Man," which he co-wrote with Bob Dylan.

Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Green River" With "Green River" and its smash hits, "Bad Moon Rising" and "Lodi," John Fogerty was infusing stories about American life with the worries of what so much cultural upheaval could change.

-- Glenn Gamboa


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"Midnight Cowboy" This sordid story of a male prostitute (Jon Voight) and his pimp (Dustin Hoffman) was not your usual mainstream film. A gritty portrait of Lindsay-era New York, it remains the only X-rated film to win an Oscar for best picture.

"Easy Rider" Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper (and a young Jack Nicholson) drop LSD and go "looking for America."

"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" The Paul Newman-Robert Redford Western offered a blend of old-school Hollywood with doses of modern violence and anti-establishment sentiment.

-- Rafer Guzman

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