How the Left Lost Teen Spirit: (And how they're getting it back!)

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“Danny Goldberg’s new book is a stirring, brilliant, last-chance plea to Democrats that if they are unwilling to do their job—be a voice for working people, young people, women, the elderly, the poor and people of color, (in other words, for the MAJORITY of the country)—then their days as a party are numbered. Years from now, if the Democrats have long faded from American memory, anthropologists and historians will ask, ‘Didn’t any of them read this book by Danny Goldberg?’”—Michael Moore

“Danny Goldberg has written with pinpoint accuracy an

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Overview

“Danny Goldberg’s new book is a stirring, brilliant, last-chance plea to Democrats that if they are unwilling to do their job—be a voice for working people, young people, women, the elderly, the poor and people of color, (in other words, for the MAJORITY of the country)—then their days as a party are numbered. Years from now, if the Democrats have long faded from American memory, anthropologists and historians will ask, ‘Didn’t any of them read this book by Danny Goldberg?’”—Michael Moore

“Danny Goldberg has written with pinpoint accuracy an important memoir filled with fascinating insights. His searing insights should be required reading for anyone concerned with the state of democratic politics in this country.”—Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

“If Lester Bangs and Maureen Dowd had a love child, he’d have written this book.”—Arianna Huffington

“Danny Goldberg’s memoir contains the powerful reflections of the most progressive activist in the recording industry. His candor, vision and sense of humor is infectious.”—Cornel West

When did American government become the enemy of American pop culture? Music insider and progressive activist Danny Goldberg has spent decades tuning in to the rhythms and voices that speak straight to the hearts and desires of America’s youth. In that time, one fact has become increasingly clear: our venerable political leaders are tone deaf. In this startling, provocative book, Goldberg shows how today’s professional public servants have managed to achieve nothing less than the indefensible, wholesale alienation of an entire generation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971920682
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Danny Goldberg is a longtime music executive and political activist. He coproduced and codirected the rock documentary No Nukes and has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, AlterNet, and others. He lives in New York City and is an ACLU officer and board member. This is his first book.
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How the Left Lost Teen Spirit


By Danny Goldberg

Akashic Books

ISBN: 0-9719206-8-0


Introduction

Introduction 2005

Last night I had a dream That the world had turned around And all our hopes had come to be And the people gathered 'round They all brought what they could bring And nobody went without And I learned a song to sing The revolution starts now. -Steve Earle

Don Imus hated the title of the original hardcover edition of this book, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, and urged me to change it to the subtitle, How the Left Lost Teen Spirit. "Dispatches sounds like you're a member of the Communist Party or something," the talk-radio superstar grumbled.

Besides being my personal homage to Kurt Cobain, I appropriated the phrase "teen spirit" to refer to the energy that a political movement needs-not only to mobilize young people, but also to touch older people who make political decisions based on emotional and spiritual reasons rather than purely intellectual ones, and who are thus more affected by the language of popular culture than by the language of editorial pages. In the quarter-century since Ronald Reagan was elected president, Republicans and conservatives have understood such populist emotions better than Democrats and the political left.

This book is a rant in the form of a memoir. The rant is against a particular kind of liberal self-destructiveness that masquerades as pragmatism but has been, instead, one of the main causes of thedecline of progressive political power despite widespread support for progressive political goals.

I have been in the music business for more than thirty years as a PR guy, a personal manager, and, for the last decade, a record-company president and owner. I have worked with rock legends such as Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, KISS, REM, Warren Zevon, and Nirvana, with pop icons such as Diana Ross and Madonna, with politically committed musicians like Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, and Steve Earle, and with gangsta rappers, singer-songwriters, boy bands, heavy-metal icons, classical tenors, country divas, jazz masters, and critical darlings, as well as with counterculture icons such as Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, William Burroughs, and Cornel West. I am fifty-four years old, a "baby boomer" and an "aging hippie." I am also a businessman. I live in New York now, which is where I was born. But for most of the 1980s I lived in Los Angeles, and when I visit there I am still a "Hollywood liberal," and have worked with such conservative targets as Norman Lear, Barbra Streisand, and Jane Fonda.

My wife, Rosemary Carroll, and I are parents of a girl and a boy, which, contrary to conventional wisdom, hasn't made us any more politically conservative. We have hosted fundraisers for, among others, liberal Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, and Ted Kennedy, and worked with independent progressive leaders like Jesse Jackson and Ralph Nader (although not in 2004!).

To some establishment Democrats, it is people like me who have screwed up the party. I was against the war in Iraq, and I met with and supported Howard Dean in the early stages of the primary campaign, thinking that he was a strong vehicle for that opposition. I have been involved with political fundraising concerts, I'm an ACLU board member, and I'm a friend of Michael Moore. To me, it is the conventional wisdom prevailing in Washington, D.C. that has screwed up the party.

In November 2004, many Washington pundits began reviving the term "culture wars." Post-election polls indicated that "morality" was the number-one issue for voters. Of the 22 percent who said that issue motivated them, more than 80 percent voted for George Bush. Democratic soul-searching began in earnest and focused primarily on three areas, all of which have long intrigued me: youth, spirituality and religion, and cultural positioning.

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Table of Contents

Introduction (to hardcover edition) : rock, rap, reactionaries, and liberal snobs 33
Ch. 1 The sixties : the cartoon vs. the realities 55
Ch. 2 The sixties II : culture vs. politics 78
Ch. 3 The real seventies show 89
Ch. 4 The early eighties : Ronald Reagan and the new Hollywood left 110
Ch. 5 1985 : the parents music resource center 128
Ch. 6 The late eighties 147
Ch. 7 Who ruined the democratic party? : the late-eighties version 169
Ch. 8 Mend it, don't end it 195
Ch. 9 Clinton's second term 222
Ch. 10 The 2000 election : Ralph Nader, Joe Lieberman, and Eminem 239
Ch. 11 The Media Marketing Accountability Act 267
Ch. 12 September 11 281
Ch. 13 2002 : the beat goes on 286
Ch. 14 War clouds, the midterm election, and the democrats' downward spiral 300
Ch. 15 2004 : the progressive campaign 314
Ch. 16 The Kerry campaign 346
Ch. 17 To my fellow former hippies 368
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