The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade

The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade

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by Gerard J. DeGroot
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674027868

ISBN-13: 9780674027862

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This book revisits the Sixties we forgot or somehow failed to witness. In a kaleidoscopic global tour of the decade, Gerard DeGroot reminds us that the "Balled of the Green Beret" outsold "Give Peace a Chance", that the Students for a Democratic Society were outnumbered by Young Americans for Freedom, that revolution was always a pipe dream, and that the Sixties

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This book revisits the Sixties we forgot or somehow failed to witness. In a kaleidoscopic global tour of the decade, Gerard DeGroot reminds us that the "Balled of the Green Beret" outsold "Give Peace a Chance", that the Students for a Democratic Society were outnumbered by Young Americans for Freedom, that revolution was always a pipe dream, and that the Sixties belong to Reagan and de Gaulle more than to Kennedy and Dubcek.

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ISBN-13:
9780674027862
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Preludes 6

Torgau: A Brief Moment of Sanity 6

At Home: The Generation Gap 10

2 Premonitions 19

On the Airwaves: Transistor Radios 19

San Francisco: A Collection of Angels Howling at the World 24

Worcester: The Pill 28

The Congo: Democracy Murdered 31

The Old Bailey: Lady Chatterley on Trial 38

Washington: New Frontiers 41

3 Hard Rain 48

Sharpeville: Apartheid Is a Way of Death 48

Bay of Pigs: It Seemed Like a Good Idea 54

Berlin: The Wall 60

Ap Bac: Bad News from a Place Called Vietnam 68

Novaya Zemlya and Cuba: Big Bombs 74

4 All Gone to Look for America 79

Albany and Birmingham: Lessons of Nonviolence 79

Port Huron: Students for a Democratic Society 90

Washington: I Have a Dream 98

Arlington National Cemetery: Kennedy and Vietnam 105

5 Call Out the Instigators 111

Duxbury: Rachel Carson 111

Harlem: Malcolm X 116

Havana: Che 121

Miami: The Greatest 125

Chelsea: Mary Quant 133

6 Universal Soldiers 140

The Tonkin Gulf: Carte Blanche 140

Sinai: The Six-Day War 145

Biafra: The Problem of Africa 151

Guangxi Province: Cannibals for Mao 155

7 And in the Streets... 167

Margate: Mods versus Rockers 167

Watts: Long Hot Summer 176

Berkeley: Free Speech 186

Amsterdam: Provo Pioneers 195

Selma: Black Power 203

8 Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll 208

Milibrook: Acid Dreams 208

In Bed: Sex and Love 215

Liverpool: The Beatles 221

Manchester: The Battle for Bob Dylan 228

Woodstock: A Festival, Yes; A Nation, No 237

9 Everybody Get Together 243

Sharon:Young Americans for Freedom 243

London: Love Is All You Need 247

San Francisco: It's Free Because It's Yours! 253

Greenwich Village: Yippie! 261

Oakland: The Black Panthers 266

Delano: Boycott Grapes 273

10 Turn, Turn, Turn 281

Saigon: Tet 281

Atlantic City: From Miss America to Ms. World 286

Greenwich Village: Stonewall 294

San Francisco: Summer of Rape 301

11 Gone to Graveyards 307

Memphis: The Death of King 307

Prague: Short Spring 309

Los Angeles: The Death of Hope 313

Mexico City: Shooting Students 322

12 You Say You Want a Revolution? 331

Berlin: Rudi the Red 331

New York: Up against the Wall, Motherfucker! 340

Paris: Absurdists Revolt 345

London: A Very British Revolution 355

13 Wilted Flowers 364

The Vatican: Humanae Vitae 364

Mayfair: Casualties of the Cultural Revolution 369

People's Park: The Future in a Vacant Lot 373

San Diego: A Burning Desire to End the War 377

14 Meet the New Boss 386

Jakarta: A Perfect Little Coup 386

Hollywood: Takin' Care of Business 393

Los Angeles: A Goddamned Electable Person 399

St. Louis: Curt Flood versus Baseball 406

15 No Direction Home 411

Altamont: The Day the Music Died 411

Chappaquiddick: A Career Drowned 416

The Moon: Magnificent Desolation 420

Greenwich Village: You Don't Need a Weatherman 426

Old Bailey: Another Obscenity Trial 436

Epitaph: It's Life's Illusions I Recall 445

Notes 453

Bibliography 476

Index 493

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The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Barbu More than 1 year ago
In the last year I read about twenty books covering post WWII period. Majority of them focused on the three decades that changed the way we live, think and connect with family, friends and strangers. Sixties unplugged is one of the best in its geographical coverage and intelligent explanation of events. The author gives enough information and at the same time connects all the disparate facts such that the decade’s canvas, so disruptive and exciting, can be admired, judged and learned from even by those who have less knowledge of the period. As for the author’s, and thus the book’s, political leanings I think that every text can be accused of being ideologically skewed – it is in the eyes of the reader to whom, in the end, the skewing belongs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Sixties Unplugged' by Gerard DeGroot is a survey of a controversial decade with both considerable strengths and weaknesses. DeGroot is good at seeing past the blinkers of both the Right and the Left and he is good at seeing the various relationships between technological change and social change. He is excellent at pointing out the relatively ignored parts of sixties history. There are good accounts here of the Bay of Pigs, the raising of the Berlin Wall, the Six Day War, Biafra, and the genocidal slaughter in Indonesia. He is fairly good at capturing the growth and contradictions of feminism, Black Power, and the New Left. I think his look at the Young Americans for Freedom is interesting, but they are not as significant as DeGroot seems to think. The absurdist movement in Holland was an interesting portion of this book. He paints the horrors of life under Mao in China with an unsparing eye, pointing out how some of the more extreme admirers of Mao had sentimental delusions about what was going on there. The butchery and the inhumanity in China at this time are chillingly captured. DeGroot's handle on popular culture is rather less certain, however. His look at the Mods versus the Rockers wars in England seems to me incomplete or sketchy. While DeGroot is unsentimental about the 'myth' of Woodstock, he seems to give the music unconditional positive regard - I think even sympathetic listeners found the music at Woodstock to be an uneven set -Sha Na Na anyone? - at best. DeGroot correctly points out the role George Martin had in 'manufacturing' the Beatles, but seems to think the Beatles asserted their own creativity over the influence of Martin as time marched on. Debatable, surely. He oddly uses Ricky Nelson as an example of a manufactured rock star. Ricky Nelson is widely respected in rockabilly circles and by rock historians. He couldn't sing? What about Jagger at Altamont? Fabian would have been a better example of a manufactured rock star - he was literally pulled off the street and made a rock star even though he had never sung before just because he looked like a rock star. He couldn't sing either, but I perhaps perversely persist in thinking Fabian rocks. What DeGroot says about the Monkees is just plain wrong. He claims that Davy Jones was an actor who wanted to sing when he joined the Monkees. In point of fact, Davy Jones had already recorded a musical album before he even joined the Monkees. I know because I own that album - I bought it at a hospital thrift store. I don't think any actor who has already recorded an album qualifies as an actor who 'wants' to sing. I have no idea what Mickey Dolenz did before the Monkees. I would suggest DeGroot's research here is, to put it politely, sloppy. The stuff on Hendrix is sketchy and does little to conjure up the man and why he mattered to so many people. On the whole, I recommend this book, however guardedly. I think DeGroot gets carried away with his own rhetorical flow at times, but it does make it quite readable. I don't think this is a right-wing gloss on history. DeGroot seems to poke at the delusions of both sides to my eye. For anyone wanting a general overview of the decade, this is a good start. I would be careful about citing it in academic contexts, however. DeGroot has prepared an interesting dish - some of it goes down well, but some of it maybe should have been cooked longer. Greg Cameron, Surrey, B.C., Canada
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a standard conservative rewrite.Instead of any kind of balanced view of the events that made the '60s,DeGroot instead focuses on the blemishes of high profile personalities.Typical of this is DeGroot's depiction of The March on Washington as just a sentimental get together of detached pampered liberals.At the same time he devotes limitless praise for Young Americans for Freedom,the creation of National Review creator,William Buckley.The pop art cover is a thin disguise for silly condemnation of events by an obvious righty. By half way I was bored and when I finished I felt like I had watched 'Showgirls' one too many times.