Freakshow: Misadventures in the Counterculture, 1959-1971 by Albert Goldman
The pop-music critic for Life, Albert Goldman also wrote for the New York Times, Commentary, and several other magazines. Freakshow collects over 50 pieces that examine entertainment and pop culture of the sixties, written with a fan's adoration and a cynic's eye for self-indulgence and willing exploitation. His subjects include rock stars (Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Elvis, and many more), jazz musicians (John Coltrane and others), blues legends (such as B. B. King), comedians (e.g. Lenny Bruce and Rodney Dangerfield), novelists (Philip Roth and Tom Wolfe), and topics that defy categorization—Tiny Tim, the Rockettes, and psychedelics. Writing in flamboyant, idiosyncratic prose, Goldman's account of pop's most explosive ten years is as provocative and alarming as ever.