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Summer of Love; The Inside Story of LSD, Rock and Roll, Free Love and High Times in the Wild West
     

Summer of Love; The Inside Story of LSD, Rock and Roll, Free Love and High Times in the Wild West

by Joel Selvin
 

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In the late 1060s and early 1970s, the West Coast, particularly San Francisco, was the epicenter of rock music. Culled from more than 200 interviews with all the major players, including Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, David Crosby, and Steve Miller, Summer of Love is the definitive book about the Psychedelic Era. Selvin provides an uncensored look at the acid-laced jam

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In the late 1060s and early 1970s, the West Coast, particularly San Francisco, was the epicenter of rock music. Culled from more than 200 interviews with all the major players, including Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, David Crosby, and Steve Miller, Summer of Love is the definitive book about the Psychedelic Era. Selvin provides an uncensored look at the acid-laced jam sessions, bacchanal parties, crimes of passion, run-ins with ruthless promoters and lawmen, overdoses, rivalries, deaths, and, of course, the music. Filled with never-before-told stories of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Janis Joplin, Country Joe and the Fish, Creedance Clearwater Revival, and non-musicians like Bill Graham and Ken Kesey, this book presents an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic portrait of a crucial era in American music.

Editorial Reviews

Interview
A front row seat to some of pop music's most mythical moments.
Rolling Stone
[This book] vividly portrays an era teeming with creative ferment, acid high jinks, pre-AIDS promiscuity… and connects us to the trippy, tragic temperament of a heady time.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Selvin ( Monterey Pop ) brings an astonishing amount of anecdotal detail to his history of the late 1960s and early '70s drug and musical scene of hippiedom's hippest city. ``The so-called Summer of Love left San Francisco a mess,'' he notes, but promoter Bill Graham choreographed now-legendary concerts and events there that created a number of stars. For musical acts like the Grateful Dead, success arrived despite the pervasive drug abuse that Selvin describes; the Charlatans and Moby Grape, on the other hand, self-destructed. Selvin's exhaustive supply of anecdotes, however, proves to be his greatest liability, as well as his greatest resource, for he recites every vignette in the same laconic tone, giving his account a plodding pace that contradicts the frenzy of the era. Ultimately, the book, although suffused with a wealth of information, fails to resuscitate its mythic past. Photos not seen by PW. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Journalist Selvin (Monterey Pop, Chronicle, 1992) offers a popularized history of acid rock. Basing his account on interviews with such musicians as Jerry Garcia and Grace Slick, he chronologically outlines psychedelia from its inception in 1965 to its decline in 1971. Selvin weaves a gossipy tale of the personal lives of major acid rockers as well as cultural notables such as Ken Kesey, but the author seldom places this flurry of events in either musical or historical context. This sensationalist history adds little to Charles Perry's classic The Haight-Ashbury (LJ 7/84) and fails to provide much insight into the times, psychedelic music, or the musicians who have been interviewed.-David Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815410195
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Edition description:
1st Cooper Square Press Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.85(d)

What People are Saying About This

Stephen King
[A] defining rock-culture book-if you want to know what it was really like to live in the Sixties, this is the one to read.
Jerry Garcia
If you want to know how the San Francisco music scene developed, Joel tells you.

Meet the Author

Joel Selvin, pop music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1972, is the author of Ricky Nelson and Monterey Pop. He lives in San Francisco.

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