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A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the '60s

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030681868X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306818684
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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By sb-lynn TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
No spoilers.

I got this book because I had read an interview with actor Jake Weber, where he talked about his turbulent upbringing during the 1960s. He was one of two sons of a young socialite named "Puss" Susan Coriat, and her husband, Tommy Weber.

I started reading the book, and I ended up finishing it in one sitting. Robert Greenfield really manages to tell a compelling and interesting story, yet still maintain a journalistic distance.

Both Puss Coriat, and Tommy Weber came from privileged, wealthy families. Yet both sets of parents divorced, and Puss and Tommy were shuttled around to various schools and relatives. Puss Coriat's mother Pricilla was well-known - she was known as the "little rich girl" and was one of the wealthiest women of her time, yet she was foolish and a spendthrift. Tommy's parents were likewise pretty dysfunctional.

Puss and Tommy meet and fall in love and marry right at the start of the craziness that marked the mid-to late 1960s. They were right in the center of it all, and they hung around with all the celebrity rockers of their time, in particular the Rolling Stones and Keith Richards. Throw in to this mix a lot of various drugs, (LSD, marijuana, heroin, among others) and you can kind of see where this is going.

I don't want to give anything away, but there is not a good ending for either parent, in particular, Puss. She develops a sort of drug induced schizophrenia, and had an apparent psychotic break along with depression. (Her reaction reminded me a lot of Sid Barret's from Pink Floyd, and in fact he is even mentioned in this regard.) Tommy's life continues with the focus on drugs, sex and rock 'n roll, which doesn't serve him well as he ages.
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What an amazing story! A Fairy Tale but one that doesn't end with "they lived happily ever after". Greenfield reveals a part of the swinging 60's that ads to the saying "sex drugs and rock'n roll", heartbreak and despair. I was totally engrossed in this story and could not put it down. WHen is the movie coming out?
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I found this book to be interesting at times but I couldn't quite get why I should care. Yes it was the swinging sixties and there was a lot going on. I guess the major question is why this particular family? Why did Robert Greenfield choose this family to write a book on? Puss and Tommy were somewhat remarkable but not enough to base a entire book on. Also, i got a little lost when he was went into the details of Puss's journey to Morocco, India, and wherever else she went and Tommy's excursion to Afghanistan to smuggle back a bunch of opium. I didn't really care about Tommy's hijinks or what he did to make money. Basically, I found the book to be insignificant and somewhat boring. I managed to finish it but I kept falling asleep while trying to read it.
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By D on December 15, 2012
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It sounds like it's going to be great! How can it not be? Rich, beautiful people flying eight miles high during the height of the 60s, doing the cream of the crop of everything! Just boring! Way too much time is spent on their geneology. I don't care about that! And it just isn't interestingly written. Nothing interesting really happens.
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A fascinating look into the social system that reigned in England as the '60s swung into view. Many have suggested this was a story not worth an entire book, but if you want to see how money can mask and even exacerbate any human problem, have at this because almost from the get-go you're witnessing a train wreck of generational proportions. A fitting companion to this is the documentary "Stones in Exile."
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A DAY IN THE LIFE: ONE FAMILY, THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, AND THE END OF THE SIXTIES tells how an ideal marriage between two members of the English upper class fell part as the psychedelic dreams of the 50s became the hard-rock of the 80s. Using Tommy Weber and Susan Coriat as an example, the 60s and sentiments come to life in a solid true-life story of social change at its fastest pace.
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I bought this after I was intrigued when it was mentioned in an article in People magazine. I was expecting more than a few juicey tidbits about the members of the Rolling Stones. Left me disappointed & somewhat depressed.
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The five stars is for the book which was both fascinating and painfully tragic at the same time. You at amazon, however, receive no stars from me (which is strange since I usually have no problems with you guys). Those of you at amazon had me try out the Kindle Unlimited program for free, which is how I got the kindle version of this book- under the assumption that I received this book for trying out your program. Which is not the case, when much to my surprise I tried to read this book on my kindle app only to find that it had been expired because I chose not to enroll in the unlimited program after the free trial period! Gee thanks Amazon, what a **** move.....That'll teach me to make try out any of your trial programs- I've sure learned my lesson......Don't really mean to be a (rhymes with witch), but that was sort of a low move to make......Don't worry, I still love you guys anyway......
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