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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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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.
However, I think that peoples views on how the "underground" changed or didn't change the culture is a little narrow. The people interviewed for the book form a tiny clique who were the ruling elite of the times and they didn't train the telescopes much further than the "Grove". People were doing stuff all over the UK, you only had to read the letters page of IT to realise that. Also the "counter-culture" didn't just role away with the three-day week and the Tories with their "Night Assemblies Bill" etc, it changed location, firstly to the Windsor Free Festival in '74 and then Watchfield in '75.
I feel it was from these events that the Peace Convoy, 'Henge and other counter-culture events like the "Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp" and on into "Rave Culture" evolved. The "underground" is not dead it just doesn't look the same as in did within the smoke filled walls of "UFO", or "Friends" office. Just thought I'd mention it.
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.
Today music is all about the media and the image, not about content and reality. Interesting to read today ..........
I would also recommend Richard Neville's "Hippie, Hippie Shake" a great read !!
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