I knew Alex in the Sixties. He would come bustling in to the office of International Times in London, where I worked on the layouts, from god-nose where, spilling manuscripts, good humour and intelligence in equal parts and vitalising the atmosphere with the excitement of his enthusiasms. Reading his wonderful account The Untold Sixties, has revealed the other pieces of his kaleidoscopic life and good times that I never knew about. His primary interest was in theatre and playwriting but he found himself in demand to translate contemporary German playwrights for the British stage. His revelations of how things worked or screwed-up, behind the scenes of the British theatre, the established Royal Shakespeare Company and the more avant garde Royal Court, with their prejudices and their infighting and their attempts to keep abreast of the European scene are enthralling.
He has a fascination with language and his chapter on American-English and English-English and the love-hate relationship between our cultures is another unexpected delight of this cornucopia of a book.
Alex has a wide ranging cultural embrace, from New York to Italy, to London, to Paris, to Berlin and back again, and the book is an important counter-cultural insight into those turbulent and heady times when those cities throbbed with the energy and invention of the disaffected. Even if you weren't there, he makes you feel you should have been. ---Graham Keen --Graham Keen, former graphics editor, IT (International Times), London
"Before bloggers and the Internet, there was the underground press of the 1960s. Alex Gross, who covered the art scene for the grand-daddy of all the underground newspapers, the East Village Other, was at the center of the story. This book is how he saw it. And lived it!" --Claudia Dreifus, Journalist, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute
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--Alan W. Moore, ABC No Rio