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Days In The Life: Voices from the English Underground, 1961-71 [Kindle Edition]

Jonathon Green
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jonothan Green offers a time trip from lat-fifties CND, beatniks and bop to the threshold of our own decade's designer revolutionaries and style warriors. . . His chosen form is the oral history pioneered by Studs Terkel in which cross-cut voices recount a shared experience or epoch. . . what anecdotes!'Guardian. Green has collected 101 quintessential sixties groovers and lovingly teased out their memories, all of them refreshingly self-critical and remarkably sharpened by hindsight. 'Glasgow Herald. `This is the first publication I've seen on the 1960s to address all closely the question: how did it feel in that dawn to be alive?. . . An action packed tapestry of illuminating flashbacks. 'Spectator.

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"This is the first publication I've seen on the 1960s to address all closely the question: how did it feel in that dawn to be alive?" (Herald)

"An action packed tapestry of illuminating flashbacks" (Spectator)

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Vastly entertaining, highly illuminating and not a little moving. . . Days in the Life is undoubtedly the best available summary of its period and milieu, and will probably remain so for quite some time to come.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 904 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3DK2AW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jonathon Green is Britain's foremost lexicographer of slang. His many publications include the Chambers Slang Dictionary, the Slang Thesaurus and Slang Down the Ages. He has also compiled dictionaries of quotations and oral histories of modern culture. His latest work is the multi-volume Green's Dictionary of Slang on Historical Principles.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Jonathon Green's 'Daysn the Life' was a particular revelation to me, finding it as I did in a Singapore airport bookstore. My flight was called, and foolishly I left for Jakarta without buying it, despite having read 20 pages in fascination.
It wasn't until six months later that I bought it and read it and re-read it until it fell apart. The scope of the book is so much greater than just the sixties and its often moribund nostalgia.
As a direct consequence of reading Green's book, I became a writer and wrote my own book on Syd Barrett of the Pink Floyd, whom I learned a great deal about through 'Days in the Life'.
Green was kind enough to allow me full access to his unedited interviews when I met him in London. A charming man with an acerbic and quick wit, Green's book reflects his passionate scholarship.
Suffice to say, I urge you to read 'Days in the Life' post-haste, as well as Green's subsequent 'All Dressed Up'. They are nothing short of remarkable.
Julian Palacios
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It sparked my imagination 20 Dec. 2002
By A Customer
I have re-read this book a number of times. Jonathon Green selected a wonderful mix of stars, players, winners, cads and losers to participate in this opus. His masterful collating and editing of their tales weaves its way through anything that was interesting about the culture of Britain (well, London really) in the late '50s to the early '70s. The descriptions are so great and well-presented that you can almost smell it: the soggy dufflecoats and greasy hair of the Aldermaston marches, putrid armpit odour wafting around the macrobiotic cafe, UFO and the Roundhouse, the fragrant hum of patchouli and hashish. It's wonderful. And apparently it's a very scholarly piece of work.
Something I find quite poignant is that the characters were interviewed in the 1980s in the midst of Thatcherite greed, bouffant hair and shoulderpads, which makes some of the interviewees almost apologetic for the ways they lived in the '60s. I'd like to think that they would be a little bit prouder of their way of life if the interviews were taking place right now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You NEED this book 20 July 2000
By A Customer
If you are interested in the '60's then this is a MUST. Jonathan Green has skilfully used interviews from many of the major 'players' in the 60's to take the reader on a roller coaster journey. If you don't like swearing - this is not the book for you. But if you want to read amusing accounts from people who were there - then GET THIS BOOK. It is a must. Personally I bought the book initially for the Steve Peregrin Took (yes as in the other half of Tyrannosaurus Rex with Marc Bolan) references (few and not particularly complimentary) but found that the interviews with many of the people who knew him gave me a far better insight into them as people than I had expected. Bolan 'fans' beware though. The text on Bolan is not complimentary - but every Bolan fan should read it! Many will not want but they SHOULD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evoking the past 20 Nov. 2002
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I was only 12 in 1971 so the era described in this book is not something I experienced at the time. But as a teenager in the mid-1970s, I was very aware of the turbulence still echoing from the late 1960s-early 1970s. Many of the political and social figures active in that era were still going strong - I can remember seeing the Little Red Schoolbook in a bookshop, and all the controversy that book caused.
For me, Jonathon Green's interviews are highly evocative of an era that seems so different to today's more commercialised world. But I would advise against any nostalgia - some of the descriptions of the mess people got into through over-indulgences of various kinds are very sobering.
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