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Rolling Stone writer Gilmore looks back on the powerful cultural influences of the 1960s, not from nostalgia but out of respect for its representation as an upheaval of social conventions, something not seen among youth on the same scale before or since. Gilmore offers biographical sketches of iconic figures of the time, including Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon, Johnnie Cash, Bob Marley, and Led Zeppelin. Gilmore confesses to surprise at the extent to which drugs and alcohol affected almost every one of his subjects and how LSD contributed to the creativity of the era—think Ken Kesey, the Grateful Dead, and Pink Floyd. Gilmore acknowledges the incompleteness of this book as a recollection of the 1960s, with nothing on jazz, R & B, or feminism. Still, it is an incredible recap of the kinds of social and artistic forces—and personal demons—that stretched the boundaries of personal freedom, sometimes with fatal results. Not just writing as an observer but also as a participant, Gilmore (Shot in the Heart, 1994) brings a sharp eye to a turbulent period on the American arts scene. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mikal Gilmore is a journalist and music aficionado who has written for Rolling Stone magazine since the 1970s. His first book, Shot in the Heart, is a National Book Critics Circle and L.A. Times Book Prize-winning memoir about his older brother Gary, the first man to be executed in Utah after pleading guilty to murder.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743287460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743287463
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You might think everything has already been said about such tired topics as the '60s and its biggest stars, such as the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. However, Gilmore manages to synthesize the known record into refreshing new essays on each of his subjects that put all into a new perspective. In some cases, he closes the book on such topics as Jerry Garcia and George Harrison. These are recent writings and the voice is well worth reading.
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This is truly a fun read. Most of the essays are superb. I learned something in almost evry bio. Especially moving are the write-ups on Johnny Cash and Jerry Garcia. I found it interesting that Merle Haggard was a convict in San Quentin when Cash first played there. Haggrad said Cash's visit was the first ray of sunlight there in quite some time. Gilmore does not make angels or heroes of any of the subjects. And Gary Gilmore is only mentioned in the Cash story.
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I think anyone who was a bit of a rebel in the 60s and 70s, like I was, will find this a fascinating read.
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Mikal Gilmore's essays are tender and perceptive, always giving the talent of his subjects proper respect, while not glossing over their human aspects. These writings are solid and gentle simultaneously.
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Mikal Gilmore, who many might know as a longtime writer for Rolling Stone, has a gift with words. In this book, he brings us a collection of stories from figures that were central to the counterculture of the 1960s. Gimore does this without extravagance or excess flare. He doesn't attempt to make these people heroes or to build them up unnecessarily. He simply tells their stories and, in the process, teaches us about the era that influenced so much of our lives today.
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