Days In The Life: Voices from the English Underground, 1961-71 Paperback – 2 Apr 1998
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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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Great book, if like me you grew up in these times, lot's of information, that at the time was unclear. Read morePublished 14 months ago by gARThIbiza
This is a great read as it is voices from the people who were there and brought about the "Underground" whether they intended to or not. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Neil James Houlton
I would never read this book for fun. Even so, it is worth buying. Historians of the period will find it a gold-mine. Read morePublished on 7 April 2013 by Max Markham
I'd read excerpts "Days in The Life" (I believe it was Robert Wyatt's piece on jazz)in the mod short stories anthology "A Sharper Word" and being enamored with all things U.K. Read morePublished on 1 July 2009 by William T. Luther
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