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3.0 out of 5 stars a meticulously researched account of the 60s counter culture, 10 April 2011
This review is from: There's A Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of '60s Counter-Culture (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book because the subject matter, the 1960s, is endlessly fascinating. The author sweeps across the landscape of late sixties political militancy, from the Yippees and the Weatherman movement to the Black Panthers, as well as their collaborators in the entertainment industry and the avant garde. However, the forensic accounts of political intrigues inside these various groups and their battles with the US political establishment were a bit too tedious in places for a casual reader like myself. Much more interesting were the anecdotal accounts of the antics of John Lennon, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe MacDonald and others as they flirted with and/or funded many of the campaigns of the day, whether it was civil rights and social issues, US withdrawal from Vietnam or a host of other hippy inspired stunts largely motivated by celebrity gesture politics. Quite a lot of the book is devoted to how the counter culture's leaders sought out Bob Dylan to lead their so-called "revolution" only to be met with Dylan's intellectual indifference and shifting political allegiances to the right. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in late 20th century American social and cultural history.
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