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Counterculture Kaleidoscope: Musical and Cultural Perspectives on Late Sixties San Francisco Hardcover – June 10, 2008
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This book looks at the 60's counterculture in the San Fransisco area (the Haight-Ashbury district) from a slightly different perspective-that this movement was neither truly organized against the then current culture,and that it was an innocent time of "love and peace",that led to rank,"hip" commercialism. Having lived in the San Francisco Bay area during the era in question,and attending the various gatherings,I can attest to the basic premise of the author,Nadia Zimmerman,as being true. About as far as "organization" went,the love-ins,be-ins,the various "protest" rallies,and the wave of concerts (where everyone who was there couldn't believe that there were so many other people like them) was about the epitome of organization. That period of my life was some of the most interesting,entertaining,exciting years of my life. It was a time when people believed in everything and nothing. When making money the traditional way was looked down on. There was always something happening,some new group to go hear,some kind of "get-together" in the park-it truly was a special era. It was an era when people wanted to live their lives in a manner they believed to be better than the one in which they grew up -something the author goes into in great detail.Read more ›