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Days In The Life: Voices from the English Underground, 1961-71 Paperback – 2 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New Ed edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712666656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712666657
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By A Customer on 20 Dec. 2002
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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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By A Customer on 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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Days in the Life covers the history of the International Times (IT), early Pink Floyd and Soft Machine, The Pink Fairies, Friends Magazine and much much more via 1st person interviews spliced into a chronological narrative by interviewing 100 people involved in the scene. Green's later book, All Dressed Up, covers some of the same era from Green's point of view. This is an essential read for anyone interested in the history and roots of the UK hippie movement, the music of that era, underground publications and the OZ obscenity trials.
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It's a great relief that this book made it to digital. I picked up my original copy for £1 after the book's nth edition was remaindered in London. Read it avidly for about three years (it works as a reference source or a straight narrative or as an 'open at any page' book) before it disappeared. For a period, that same £1 edition had become a £100+ ebay item.

The only thing I could wish for is that Jonathon would release the unedited version which contains more interviews and uncut. He used to make it available by some method to researchers and I think digital would be a great opportunity to let the rest of us have it too.
I believe the only reason he had to edit it in the first place was to save paper. The quality of his interviews cannot be different as he found a way to get people like Paul McCartney who are often a little too glib and guarded to reflect upon situations intellectually and revealingly.

In the meantime, you cannot be disappointed. This is pure class.
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