Originally published in 1970, Raymond Mungo's picaresque account of his adventures with Liberation News Service in the wild years of 1967 and 1968 has been variously described as youthful, passionate, lyrical, demented, and an iconic symbol of the sixties counterculture. A review in The Nation described it as "hip Huck Finn."
A college editor at the height of the Vietnam War, Mungo found himself smack in the middle of a mad swirl of activism and dissent, vigorously protesting every-thing from the draft to abortion laws to the university itself. Then he connected with Marshall Bloom to cofound LNS in Washington, D.C., as a news service catering to the burgeoning underground press. One thing led to another, until LNS, like so many other radical organizations, eventually disintegrated into violently warring factions. Mungo's memoir tracks its development and destruction with wicked humor and literary panache.
In an introduction to this new edition, John McMillian discusses the enduring appeal of Famous Long Ago and situates it within its broader historical context, while the author provides his own retrospective take in a new afterword.
|Publisher:||University of Massachusetts Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Raymond Mungo is the author of fifteen books, including Total Loss Farm: A Year in the Life; Cosmic Profit: How to Make Money without Doing Time; and Confessions from Left Field.
John McMillian is assistant professor of history at Georgia State University and author of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the 2012 Edition by John McMillian... xi
0 My life and hard times... 11 I slept with the Vietcong... 52 The great siege and elevation of the Pentagon... 153 Three Thomas Circle Northwest... 234 The Washington Free Community... 475 The seedy presence revealed! ... 696 Dr. King is dead in Memphis; the Nation's capital ablaze... 917 Ped-xing all the way to California... 1178 Doing the Big Apple... 1399 The Guns of August... 163
Afterwords: It's never really the end... 191Epilogue: Beyond the end... 203
What People are Saying About This
Ray Mungo is a wild party in the upstairs apartment of America. He is also the free mental clinic on the first floor.
This is not a book of programmatic politics.... It is one young man's odyssey through the Vietnam war, Martin Luther King's assassination, the acid-rock counterculture, the bitter splits within the New Left, ending up with him as a post-Beatles Thoreau, digging nature and privacy on a farm in Vermont... written from the stormy center of the Movement.
Raymond Mungo was the 60s generation's most compelling chronicler and its most archetypal mascot. He lived it, right on its front lines, and he mythologized it, making himself and his friends its central characters.
If all revolutionaries were like Mungo, the revolution would be lost, but revolutionary theater would be much improved. More wit, gaiety, lyricism.