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Farm Friends by Tom Fels

Farm Friends is a memoir and a study of the generation of the 1960s. Beginning on a communal farm in 1969, it continues as a personal chronicle of the author and his extended family up to the present day. From the greenhouse in the spring to haying in the summer; from cold, wood-heated winters to abundant home-cooked dinners in the fall, back-to-the-land communards of the late '60s and early '70s made their way in a new and unfamiliar world. Later, relocated in cities and towns across the country, they used what they had learned to continue to explore and to influence life as they found it in the late 20th and early 21st century. What sort of individuals did the rebellious and anti-establishment youth become? How much of their idealism did they retain in the coming decades, as many of them were pulled into mainstream and urban life? Such issues are at the core of Farm Friends. The author's narrative traces the earlier roots and later pursuits of some of the many participants, companions and friends attracted to this new way of life. Written in a clear and literate manner, Farm Friends is intended as readable history, stories interwoven into an ongoing narrative that suggests the fabric of an entire generation. From care of the cow and auto repair in rural New England, to Paris, London, and San Francisco, Farm Friends spans nearly fifty years in the life of the author and his friends, and sets before the reader materials for a reassessment of a complex generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603580038
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2008
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Tom Fels' four years on a communal farm provide the background for Farm Friends. Following these years (1969-73) he spent five years as a college administrator before becoming a full time curator and writer. Some of his many exhibitions have been presented at the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. His most recent book was nominated for the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award, the Philip Johnson Award, and the Wittenborn Memorial Award. Named a fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of the Huntington Library, he is the founder of the Famous Long Ago Archive at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, which focuses on the extended family introduced in Farm Friends. He lives with his wife in North Bennington, Vermont.

Carl Oglesby has been a leader in the anti-war movement and an early president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), as well as a dramatist and musician. His books Containment and Change and the New Left Reader remain classics of modern American political discourse. His later Yankee and Cowboy War melds his interest in conspiracy with a larger overall theory of American political history. Oglesby's important speech at the November 1965 March on Washington was recently republished in Dissent in America: The Voices That Shaped a Nation. His memoir of the Vietnam years is forthcoming from Scribners.

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