Beginning to See the Light: Sex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll

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From the New Yorker’s inimitable first pop music critic comes this pioneering collection of essays by a conscientious writer whose political realm is both radical and rational, and whose prime preoccupations are with rock ’n’ roll, sexuality, and above all, freedom. Here Ellen Willis assuredly captures the thrill of music, the disdain of authoritarian culture, and the rebellious spirit of the ’60s and ’70s.

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Overview

From the New Yorker’s inimitable first pop music critic comes this pioneering collection of essays by a conscientious writer whose political realm is both radical and rational, and whose prime preoccupations are with rock ’n’ roll, sexuality, and above all, freedom. Here Ellen Willis assuredly captures the thrill of music, the disdain of authoritarian culture, and the rebellious spirit of the ’60s and ’70s.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816680788
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,401,741
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Willis (1941-2006) was the first pop music critic for the New Yorker and an editor and columnist at the Village Voice. A groundbreaking radical leftist author and thinker, she has contributed to numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and the Nation, and was the founder of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University. Her work is published in three other books of essays: Out of the Vinyl Deeps, No More Nice Girls, and Don’t Think, Smile!

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

Introduction to the Second Edition xxiii

I Out of the Vinyl Deeps

Dylan 3

You Can't Go Down Home Again 26

The Who Sell 35

Elvis in Las Vegas 41

Cultural Revolution Saved from Drowning 45

See America First: Easy Rider and Alice's Restaurant 51

Janis Joplin 61

Hard to Swallow: Deep Throat 68

It's Later Than You Think 76

Tom Wolfe's Failed Optimism 80

Beginning to See the Light 89

How's the Family? 100

Jackie, We Hardly Knew You 103

Classical and Baroque Sex in Everyday Life 106

Velvet Underground 110

II American Girls Want Everything

Learning from Chicago 127

Herbert Marcuse, 1898-1979 141

Glossary for the Eighties 145

The Family: Love It or Leave It 149

Postscript: The Backlash According to Irving 169

Toward a National Man Policy 172

The Trial of Arline Hunt 176

Abortion: Is a Woman a Person? 205

Abortion: Overruling the Neo-Fascists 212

Feminism, Moralism, and Pornography 219

The Myth of the Powerful Jew 228

My Podhoretz Problem-and His 245

III Next Year in Jerusalem

Next Year in Jerusalem 261

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