Sounds of Spock :: Gerald Fried & Barney Kessel

On September 8, 1966—50 years ago today—Star Trek premiered on NBC. Pitched as “Wagon Train to the stars,” the show would go on to reflect the humanist ideals of creator Gene Roddenberry, inspiring a sprawling franchise and introducing (multiple) universes, which at their best reflected Roddenberry’s “Great Bird of the Galaxy” spirit and his directive to “boldly go where no one had gone before.” Its cast was interracial, its themes were timeless, its scope was cosmic.

Most—myself included—don’t think of the music of the Star Trek franchise beyond its various themes and the pop . . .

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