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Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents
 
 
Author
Mikal Gilmore.
Publisher Free Press  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780743287463
Pages/Publication Date 391/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21345
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The 1960s and 70s represent a rare moment in our cultural history; music was exploring unprecedented territories, literature was undergoing a radical reinvention, politics polarized the nation, and youth culture was at the zenith of its influence. Rolling Stone journalist Mikal Gilmore (who won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his memoir of his older brother Gary, the first man to be executed in Utah after pleading guilty to murder) weaves a poignant narrative of the era in this collection of profiles on such cultural icons as Allen Ginsberg and Ken Kesey, John Lennon and Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, Hunter S. Thompson and Leonard Cohen. He examines how Jim Morrison's alcoholism led to the star's death at the age of 27, how Jerry Garcia's drug problems brought him to the brink of death so many times that his bandmates did not believe the news of his actual demise, and how Pink Floyd struggled with the guilt of kicking out founding member Syd Barrett because of his debilitating mental illness. As Gilmore examines the dark side of these complicated figures, he paints a picture of the environment that bred them, taking readers from the rough streets of Liverpool (and its more comfortable suburbs) to the hippie haven of Haight-Ashbury that hosted the infamous Summer of Love. But what resulted from these lives and those times, Gilmore argues, was worth the risk, and indeed may be inseparable from those costs.
 
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