Hollywood to Vienna: A Trip and a Half

Hollywood to Vienna: A Trip and a Half

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by Donald Ellis Rothenberg
     
 

This book is a heady journey through the counterculture of the 60s and beyond. The narrator is the fortunate product of its particular manifestation in California, experiencing this unique spread of years in all its intensity at just the right age. He enjoys a childhood in Brentwood, near the beaches of Los Angeles where he went to school with the children of…  See more details below

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This book is a heady journey through the counterculture of the 60s and beyond. The narrator is the fortunate product of its particular manifestation in California, experiencing this unique spread of years in all its intensity at just the right age. He enjoys a childhood in Brentwood, near the beaches of Los Angeles where he went to school with the children of Hollywood celebrities, and moves, when older, to Venice Beach and Topanga Canyon. He then heads north to La Honda, Oakland and finally Berkeley, before winding up halfway around the globe in Vienna, Austria. The books narrative grew out of the cultural interface between his experiences in California and in Middle Europe's Vienna, Austria, world renowned center of psychoanalysis and classical music.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587901560
Publisher:
Regent Press
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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CHAPTER:

1. In the Beginning ..
Jesse E. Lasky ("E" for Edward) looked out his window and dreamed that he saw, or did in fact see (whichever is more real), some squirrels chasing up a tree. The tree was
newly green.

It had been a long winter for the California lad, and he wasn't sure just what he was looking at, since the day before, there was fresh snow.
He thought, if someone were writing a book about this, they wouldn't know just how to say it so the reader is actu-ally there in a "virtual reality" type of experience, so the reader wouldn't automatically put it down and search for new computer games with lots of shooting and overkill, or turn on the television as if it were a long time ago and watch Soupy Sales, Howdy Doody with Buffalo Bob and Clarabelle the Clown, Ozzie and Harriet, Leave It to Beaver, Bonanza, Father Knows Best (Does he really?). Now he already misses the Terrapin Station file this friend had set up for him with the MP3 downloading and CD burner devices.
He was at a Grateful Dead concert, and he and a friend spent the whole evening at Winterland, alongside (within arms-reach, intimate conversation distance), all night with Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh in particular, and the whole band in general, which included Pig Pen. I mean just two feet or touch- ing and talking distance, which he did during the breaks. He was the "Psychic Space-Man." We felt the vibes!
Jesse's mind flashed back to his first Dead concert in l970, backstage, under acid, tripping quite nicely as Bill Graham, dressed up as Grandfather Time/The Grim Reaper, flew down from the sky, in the air, above the shrieking countdown of the last seconds of the crowd, on ataut wire line, at the striking of midnight, bringing in the New Year.
Hadn't they gotten tickets from a friend, whose brother was in Columbia, supposedly supplying cocaine to the Dead family?
What does all this have to do with the green trees, and Vienna, and a house occupied by a baby daughter, and the piano keys playing some classical melody out of tune in this city of classical music's finest composers?
The music changes with the scen-ery. Are these the 0000 years? Are we living in the millennium, intact? Is the ozone hole getting larger?
The ice is beginning to melt up north. What about global warming?
Are we still tripping? Is Armageddon arriving early, the Messiah coming in the guise of the Bal Shem Tov, the head Hasidic Rabbi? Wasn't it Schneerson, and now we missed our chance?
Who is asking these questions?

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Meet the Author

DONALD ELLIS ROTHENBERG was born in Hollywood, California, USA. A part of the sixties counterculture, he is a photographer, a poet, a writer, and a singer/songwriter with four published CD's. A teacher with a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, Don has published articles and presented seminars and workshops on the use of video as a therapeutic and artistic biofeedback tool. Today Don continues his creative explorations along with over 30-year practices of tai chi, meditation and jogging. He resides with his family near the Vienna Woods.

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