Shaky Ground: The Sixties and Its Aftershocks

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Alice Echols has never shied away from controversy. Long before it was fashionable, she wrote searing critiques of antiporn feminism. Her subsequent books about the 1960s are trenchant and provocative, and written with unflinching honesty. Now she maps an alternative history of contemporary American culture, taking on such subjects as hippies, gay/lesbian and women's liberation, disco and the racial politics of music, and artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell and Lenny Kravitz. Echols upends many of our bedrock ...

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Overview

Alice Echols has never shied away from controversy. Long before it was fashionable, she wrote searing critiques of antiporn feminism. Her subsequent books about the 1960s are trenchant and provocative, and written with unflinching honesty. Now she maps an alternative history of contemporary American culture, taking on such subjects as hippies, gay/lesbian and women's liberation, disco and the racial politics of music, and artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell and Lenny Kravitz. Echols upends many of our bedrock assumptions about American culture since the 1950s, challenging in particular the notions that the '60s represented a total rupture with the past and that the '70s marked the end of meaningful change.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Signs - Myra marx Ferree

[Echols'] essays on social change... are tightly argued and well researched... Intriguing.

Signs
[Echols'] essays on social change... are tightly argued and well researched... Intriguing.

— Myra marx Ferree

The Nation - Katha Pollitt

Alice Echols makes brilliant, fresh, original sense of the contradictory Sixties--the music, the politics, the people. No one has done more to place the era in context--its own and ours.

Women's Review of Books

Much more than a rehashing of old work, Shaky Ground blends the familiar with the little known, injects some wry bits of personal and intellectual autobiography, and through the judicious selection and positioning of essays, delivers a work that is more than the sum of its parts.

Los Angeles Times

Compelling... Echols mines unusual spaces--the hidden compartments of sexual ambiguity, the sweaty floors of discotheques--to trace the far-reaching reverberations of post-'60's social movements.

The Nation
Alice Echols makes brilliant, fresh, original sense of the contradictory Sixties — the music, the politics, the people. No one has done more to place the era in context — its own and ours.

— Katha Pollitt

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Meet the Author

Alice Echols, author of Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin and Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, has written for The Nation, The Village Voice, Newsday, and L.A. Weekly.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: Postwar America and the 1960s: The Long, Strange Trip 1. Hope and Hype in Sixties Haight-Ashbury2. The Ike Age: Rethinking the 1950sPart II: Feminism, Sexual Freedom, and Identity Politics 3. "We Gotta Get Out of This Place'': Notes Toward a Remapping of the SixtiesPart III: Turn the Beat Around 4. "Nothing Distant About It'': Women's Liberation and Sixties Radicalism5. The Dworkinization of Catharine MacKinnon6. "Totally Ready to Go'': Shulamith Firestone and The Dialectic of SexThe Taming of the Id: Feminist Sexual Politics, 1968-19838. Queer Like Us?9. "Thousands of Men and a Few Hundred Women'': Janis Joplin, Sexual Ambiguity, and Bohemia10. Gender Disobedience, Academia, and Popular Culture11. "Shaky Ground'': Popular Music in the Disco Years12. White Faces, Black Masks13. The Refuge of the Lions' Den: An Interview with John Paul Hammond14. "Play That Funky Music'': An Interview with Lenny Kravitz15. "The Soul of a Martian'': A Conversation with Joni Mitchell

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