Musical and Cultural Perspectives on Late Sixties San Francisco
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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1. Refusing to Play, Pluralism, and Anything Goes: Defining the Counterculture
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In the American popular imagination, the sixties are remembered as a time of widespread political upheaval and social unrest, fueled by both fervency and idealism. The torchbearer of these mythologized sixties was an emergent youth culture, actively...
2. The Outlaw Persona: Joplin, Big Brother, and Pluralism in Black and White
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From Henry David Thoreau to John Brown, James Dean to Malcolm X, the outlaw-rebel persona has been prominent in America’s cultural memory. It played a part in literary movements and western expansion and, for the counterculture, ignited...
3. The Exotic Persona: Absorbing the Postcolonial Political Pill
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On September 2, 1945, Ho Chi Minh proclaimed Vietnam independent from its French colonizers. The French had ruled Indochina—including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and the colonies of Tonkin, Annam, and Cochin China—for over ‹fty...
4. The Natural Persona: Freedom, the Grateful Dead, and an Anticommercial Counterculture
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In July 1969, Columbia Pictures released the movie Easy Rider, cowritten by the ‹lm’s two starring actors, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, directed by Dennis Hopper in his directorial debut, and aurally illustrated by a rock-and-roll soundtrack...
5. The New Age Persona: Sex, Spirituality, and Escaping to the Now
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In February 1967, soon after the Human Be-In—where acid guru Timothy Leary uttered his “Tune in, turn on, drop out” phrase—Leary and poets Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg, along with comparative religion philosopher Alan Watts, met...
6. Helter Skelter: Lessons from the End of the Counterculture
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In 1968, a relatively new band named Steppenwolf released their first album and earned huge popularity with the album’s hit track, “Born to Be Wild.” Taking advantage of the spotlight, the band quickly released their second album that same year,...
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Grateful acknowledgment to Ida Griffin for permission to include a reprint of the 1967 “Human Be-In” poster by her late husband, poster artist Rick Griffin; to Ashleigh Brilliant for permission to reprint the lyrics of his song, “How Delinquent Can You Be?” as well as the first verse and chorus of his song “The Intercourse Song”; and to...
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Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2010