Shaky Ground: The Sixties and Its Aftershocks

Shaky Ground: The Sixties and Its Aftershocks

by Alice Echols


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231106719
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/26/2001
Series: Popular Cultures, Everyday Lives Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alice Echols, author of Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin and Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, has written for The Nation, The Village Voice, Newsday, and L.A. Weekly.

Table of Contents

Part I: Postwar America and the 1960s: The Long, Strange Trip
1. Hope and Hype in Sixties Haight-Ashbury
2. The Ike Age: Rethinking the 1950s
Part II: Feminism, Sexual Freedom, and Identity Politics
3. "We Gotta Get Out of This Place'': Notes Toward a Remapping of the Sixties
Part III: Turn the Beat Around
4. "Nothing Distant About It'': Women's Liberation and Sixties Radicalism
5. The Dworkinization of Catharine MacKinnon
6. "Totally Ready to Go'': Shulamith Firestone and The Dialectic of Sex
The Taming of the Id: Feminist Sexual Politics, 1968–1983
8. Queer Like Us?
9. "Thousands of Men and a Few Hundred Women'': Janis Joplin, Sexual Ambiguity, and Bohemia
10. Gender Disobedience, Academia, and Popular Culture
11. "Shaky Ground'': Popular Music in the Disco Years
12. White Faces, Black Masks
13. The Refuge of the Lions' Den: An Interview with John Paul Hammond
14. "Play That Funky Music'': An Interview with Lenny Kravitz
15. "The Soul of a Martian'': A Conversation with Joni Mitchell

What People are Saying About This

David Nasaw

It's hard to put down a book that opens with the 1969 Woodstock motto: 'Eat Shit! Ten Million Flies Can't be Wrong!' and proceeds from there to describe the humor, the pathos, the clumsiness, and the courage of a generation that has been much written about, but seldom understood. Alice Echols is that rarest of breeds: a great historian and a great writer. There are no dull moments—and much wisdom—in her brilliantly eclectic collection of essays and interviews. She captures, as no one else has, the dizzingly absurd complexity of American culture and cultural politics in our times.

Jill Dolan

Addressing a rich array of topics—from 1960s counterculture, to the beginnings and convolutions of contemporary feminism, to the cross-racial politics of rock and the syncretism of popular culture—Echols brilliantly combines her personal investments and involvement with trenchant historical observation.

Ellen Carol Dubois

Echols is a wonderful historian and an acute cultural critic. Shaky Ground is full of illuminating juxtapositions of politics and culture, and important insights into both the recent past and the unsettled present.

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