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1967 [Kindle Edition]

David Ryan

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Advertising man Paul Dane felt the year of 1967 promised to be rather different as he drove south across the river with Susie, high as a kite.

And so the year proved to be.

The Rolling Stones drug bust set the tone..

The first worldwide broadcast of a pop song with ‘All You Need Is Love' brought hope.

The Monterey Festival in California was a triumph.

The women had never been so willing, the countryside never more beautiful, as 'the summer of love' exploded in all its glorious profusion.

As you embark on your roller coaster ride, you may well wonder where you are going to end up.

But then so did the rest of the country and the world as 1967 brought reminders of a distant Merrie England that everyone had thought long buried.

Yet here it was bursting back into life.

Could it get any weirder or wilder? Along comes the Pink Floyd with eerie presentiments of the Space Age.

Hold onto your seats and make sure you are firmly strapped in. The journey has begun, The piper is at the gates of dawn.

But there would inevitably be casualties along the way.

Here is a novel to make you taste, feel, see and experience how it was in the heady days of 1967.

There is a lot of sex. It is '50 shades of grey' but now in glorious psychedelic color.

And there is a lot of rock'n'roll. It is the soundtrack to the year in a way that permeated every crevice, music was everywhere, and it was influential in a way that was all embracing, there was no getting away from the revolution being fermented.

In the background rumble the sounds of war, of the draft, of ugly realities that could be denied but not necessarily escaped.

The book takes you through each kaleidoscopic month of the year, encountering a host of dazzling characters, especially the women who regularly cross Paul Dane's path, and who invariably give as good as they get.

There are the athletic but curious girls from Chicago who are swept away by the raunchy music of the Stones recreating the blues of the Mississippi Delta with a fresh sensuality that carries all before them.

And it is Jagger's music which persuades Janet, shortly to be married, to spend the night together with Paul Dane so he can instruct her in the ways of the bedroom.

Tineka, a Dutch girl, working as an au pair right next to where John Lennon resides, is invited to a London party where she leaves her virginity behind and discovers a whole new lifestyle.

By the time the golden summer of 1967 arrives the scene has switched to the holiday island of Jersey. Estelle, an art student, finds herself singing about a girl leaving home, it is from the new Beatles record, Sergeant Pepper, as she walks along the coast road with Paul.

Is it also a song about her? She seeks love and understanding, but that she discovers is hard to find with police torchlights playing over her naked form.

Back in London, we meet more American girls checking out the fast moving London scene. A new supergroup, the Pink Floyd, is arising.

For Julia from Florida it is a chance to dip her toe in the waters of a London scene that flows so fast it is difficult to even know what precisely she is experiencing in the shadowed recesses of The Roundhouse and the house where there has been a suicide in the last week.

The imminent tragedy of Brian Jones' destruction figures in the closing months of the year. You encounter him appearing before a vengeful judiciary, winning a reprieve but then completing his own rapid disintegration.

The enigmatic figure of Prince Stanislaus Klossowski de Rola, friend of the Stones, of Paul McCartney, of Syd Barrett from the Pink Floyd, makes several appearances through the book.

He hints at other realities, of other truths, the mystical East beckons, sadly he leaves the shattered Syd Barrett to his demons after realizing Syd is beyond even his wizardry.

Besides, he has his hands full trying to save Brian Jones, original founder of the Stones.

The year of 1967 ends as mysteriously as it had begun.

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Hot off the presses, or is it the digital electronic worldwide communication machine? is a novel '1967' about the 'annus mirabilis' of the world of progressive rock and progressive politics.

Here is your chance to relive, or visit for the first time, the most heady, explosive, revolutionary, revelatory and epochal period in our history.

Many of the seeds sown then are only now coming to fruition.

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Scott McKenzie and numerous other bands make an appearance in a book that brings it all unforgettably alive, it is a rollicking read you are really going to enjoy.

And yes, there is a lot of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, this is 1967 man.

"The author is a natural writer able to transmit an almost lurid emotion and imagination."
London Weekend Television


The arrival of the Kindle bookstore has opened up great possibilities
for the books which I thought would no longer be available, once the print runs had run out, as most have.

So I am busy putting them onto the bookstore, but the arrival of Kindle has also opened up a whole new avenue for showing you my poetry in its original
illustrated format - in glowing color too if you have the latest ereaders.

I would especially draw your attention to 'Postcards from around the Globe', 'New New World' about Australia and 'Home - and a journey to the USA'-
the illustrations really bring the poems to life in an unprecedented way
thanks to the wonders of the new computer age.

The Blue Angel - the life and films of Marlene Dietrich

John Lennon's Secret
- one of the first biographies, a bestseller

The novels


Looking for Kathmandu


The Affair is All

The lost journal of Robyn Hood - outlaw

India - a guide to the

America - a guide to the experience

The Sphere of the Moon Goddess

A reproduction of the notebook of poetry and illustrations
created on a year-long visit overland to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Kathmandu, Bihar, Kashmir, Varanasi, Mumbai and Goa.
There are over 120 original illustrations.

The Conjunction of the Sun and Moon

This is a book that could only really exist in the digital age. With over 150 sumptuous color illustrations to go with the 150 poems, you are plunged into a highly sensual world. It is an art book as much as a poetry book, each
color illustration has been faithfully reproduced from the original.

It is an exploration of the nature of the attraction between man and woman. Over the course of a year you will go on a journey that is curiously in sync with the seasons of the natural world.

Along the way encounters, hints, messages, hopes, disasters, premonitions,
intense coming togethers and equally intense partings figure in this no holds barred portrayal of love and loss, attraction and repulsion.

It is a description of the human condition that takes you to strange places indeed as you enter the second of The Seven Worlds.

Postcards from around the Globe

Set out on a journey overland to Asia - including India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong.

The illustrations take you there, richly sensuous and mystically allusive in turns, you can see for yourself what the poems are talking about. 100 original full color illustrations illuminate the path and the way in the
third of the Seven Worlds.

New New World
-the land of Australia and the islands of Fiji

David Stuart Ryan draws on his Australian heritage (his mother, grandmother
and great grandmother were all Australian) to bring you the strange seductive atmosphere of the lucky country into a spellbinding combination of vivid
pictures and highly philosophical poetry about what it means to be in this
most ancient of lands.

This exploration is followed by a visit to the Fiji islands which begins to place Australia where it really is, the glorious South Pacific.

Home - and a journey to the USA
How the UK looks after some years away, the old Roman town begins to emerge in poetry that takes a fresh look at the English experience, before a journey to the USA switches the perspective again and we are off on another exploration
of the body and spirit.

David Stuart Ryan

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