Radical Chapters: Pacifist Bookseller Roy Kepler and the Paperback Revolution

Overview

Long a hub for literary bohemians, countercultural musicians, and readers interested in a good browse, Kepler's Books and Magazines is one of the most influential independent bookstores in American history. When owner Roy Kepler opened the San Francisco Bay Area store in 1955, he led the way as a pioneer in the "paperback revolution." He popularized the once radical idea of selling affordable books in an intellectually bracing coffeehouse atmosphere.

Paperback selling was not the only revolution Kepler supported,...
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Overview

Long a hub for literary bohemians, countercultural musicians, and readers interested in a good browse, Kepler's Books and Magazines is one of the most influential independent bookstores in American history. When owner Roy Kepler opened the San Francisco Bay Area store in 1955, he led the way as a pioneer in the "paperback revolution." He popularized the once radical idea of selling affordable books in an intellectually bracing coffeehouse atmosphere.

Paperback selling was not the only revolution Kepler supported, however. In Radical Chapters, Doyle sheds light on Kepler's remarkable contributions to pacifism and social change. He highlights Kepler's achievements in advocating radical pacifism during World War II, antinuclear activism during the Cold War era, and antiwar activism during the Vietnam War. During those decades, Kepler played an integral role, creating a community and a space to exchange ideas for such notable figures as Jerry Garcia, Joan Baez, and Stewart Brand. Doyle's fascinating chronicle captures the man who inspired that community and offers a moving tribute to his legacy.
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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
But the Menlo Park store has enjoyed an unlikely resurrection, thanks to community investors who have reopened the doors and turned the lights back on . Today, it s future remains as uncertain as any independent bookstore's, Doyle writes in an epilogue, but here's hoping it and all the rest of the nation's indies enjoy a new chapter.
Journal of American Culture
“The book's text is enhanced by Doyle's skill in melding the voices of Kepler and his colleagues to tell the story of the peace activist and his bookstores. A superbly researched and written book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815610069
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 Opening Chapters 1

2 The Good War 17

3 Germfask 37

4 Resisting the Next War 59

5 College 87

6 KPFA 101

7 Kepler's Books &- Magazines 120

8 Paperback Revolutionary 142

9 Joan 158

10 The Sixties Begin 176

11 Grindstone 206

12 The Institute 218

13 The Free U 239

14 Resistance 255

15 Oakland 268

16 Roots and Branches 286

17 Counterattack 301

18 Farewell to the Sixties 319

19 The New Revolution 333

20 Transitions 348

21 Book Wars 365

Epilogue 379

References 389

Index 395

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