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Up Against the Wall Motherf**er: A Memoir of the '60s, with Notes for Next Time Paperback – November 4, 2008
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Osha Neumann is a prominent civil rights attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area. His book is a fantastic memoir of the intersection between 60s hippie culture and 60s radical culture, as seen from the vantage of an exceptionally perceptive and erudite attorney who has both achieved great 'straight' success AND stayed true to his roots.
Out of the dozens and dozens of books I have seen in my research for an upcoming documentary on Osha's friend, Alan Steinbach, MD (that deals, at least peripherally, with the legacy of the 60s) - this is by far the best!
Tom (Osha) Neumann was a member of UAWMF for just about the duration of their existence (which he admits was "marginal"). He was not the leader, that was an ex-heroin addict and street tough Ben Morea. In fact, Neumann admits in retrospect that the group had several features of a cult, where long-haired suburban malcontents would escape their parents to join "the family" that rebelled against "The System". "When we did well in [Morea's] eyes, he would reward us with a look of intense affection that became the most valued currency of the group."
Despite what I was hoping to find, UAWMF has little to teach us about today's more sophisticated anarchists (despite Neumann's claim that the Black Bloc is "modern day Motherf**kers"). This is the group that coined the phrase "affinity group", which is so used by today's anarchists, but UAWMF were basically a group of street toughs, who thought they were challenging "The System" by vandalizing and shoplifting from St. Mark's - even the Black Bloc looks advanced compared to this. UAWMF were known as a "street gang with an analysis", but the analysis seems to have been remarkably crude.Read more ›
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If you're interested in the radical politics of the '60's, particularly the scene in NYC, you'll find books by and about Abbie Hoffman infinitely more interesting and insightful. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by César Chávez
This is an excellent well written book. I read it faster than i have read any book in many moons.
I't is autobiographical without being trivial. Read more