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Corning - Southeast Steuben County Library 1 973.923 GOL New NonFiction Book

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"A legendary steward of the hip musical world...Goldberg plunges into a thorough, panoramic account of the culture, politics, media, music and mores of the year to demolish the idea that it was trivial. He has researched and interviewed widely--his section on underground newspapers is impressively detailed--and he's been there with many of the principals through all these years...Goldberg's deep purchase on his subject and his storytelling ease make it fresh...Personal asides give the account intimacy...[The book proves] that so much activism and passion can be crowded into barely more than a single year. When Goldberg was writing his book, that might have been a useful message. Today, in Trump's America, with a fueled and gathering resistance, it is a potentially mirroring one."
-- New York Times Book Review

"Goldberg brings a personal passion that itself illustrates the lasting resonance of the hippie era."
-- Publishers Weekly

"A reminiscence of the time that brought us Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love...A genial you-were-there memoir of a golden age."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Written with the acuity of someone who lived through the times he writes about, this is a thoughtful and wide-ranging exploration not just of one year in history but also of a culture and a way of thinking that continues to reverberate today."
-- Booklist Online

"[Goldberg's] newest book, In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea, explores and fuses together the musical, political and spiritual revolutions of the time into a narrative about a moment when 'there was an instant sense of tribal intimacy one could have even with a stranger.'"
-- Rolling Stone

Danny Goldberg's new book is a subjective history of 1967, the year he graduated from high school. It is, he writes in the introduction, "an attempt at trying to remember the culture that mesmerized me, to visit the places and conversations I was not cool enough to have been a part of." It is also a refreshing and new analysis of the era; by looking at not only the political causes, but also the spiritual, musical, and psychedelic movements, Goldberg provides a unique perspective on how and why the legacy of 1967 lives on today.

1967 was the year of the release of the Beatles's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and of debut albums from the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, among many others.

In addition to the thriving music scene, 1967 was also the year of the Summer of Love; the year that millions of now-illegal LSD tabs flooded America; Muhammad Ali was convicted of avoiding the draft; Martin Luther King Jr. publicly opposed the war in Vietnam; Stokely Carmichael championed Black Power; Israel won the Six-Day War, and Che Guevara was murdered. It was the year that hundreds of thousands of protesters vainly attempted to levitate the Pentagon. It was the year the word "hippie" peaked and died, and the Yippies were born.

Exhaustively researched and informed by interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Tom Hayden, Cora Weiss, and Gil Scott-Heron (one of many of Goldberg's high school classmates who entered the culture), In Search of the Lost Chord is a mosaic of seminal moments in the psychedelic, spiritual, rock-and-roll, and political protest cultures of 1967.

Author Notes

Danny Goldberg is the author of How the Left Lost Teen Spirit and Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. Since 2007 he has been president of Gold Village Entertainment, whose clients include Steve Earle and Against Me. Previously, Goldberg was president of Gold Mountain Entertainment (Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers), CEO of Air America Radio, chairman of Warner Bros. Records, president of Atlantic Records, and vice president of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Records.

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Booklist Review

Goldberg, who graduated from high school in 1967 and seeks here to recall the culture that existed around him at that time, defines the hippie idea as the internal essence of the tribal feeling separate and apart from the external symbols. It's not just peace symbols and long hair and free love and drugs; it's the mind-set and the passions that created a culture based on those things. Just think about what happened in 1967: the Monterey International Pop Festival, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album, the debut of Rolling Stone magazine, the death of Che Guevara, Muhammad Ali refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, and much more. A busy year, to be sure, one full of political and social upheaval, and one that, according to the author, shaped the remainder of the twentieth century. Written with the acuity of someone who lived through the times he writes about, this is a thoughtful and wide-ranging exploration not just of one year in history but also of a culture and a way of thinking that continues to reverberate today.--Pitt, David Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a "subjective and highly selective" chronicle of 1967, Goldberg (Dispatches from the Culture Wars), a music executive, defends the ideals of the hippies and their lasting impact. After high school, Goldberg headed west to San Francisco, where he experienced firsthand Haight-Ashbury's countercultural blossoming. He extols the sense of agape, the ancient Greek term for unconditional love, that the hippies professed. The "lost chord" includes LSD and the new music scene, most prominently Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. The ideal was pure, but Goldberg doesn't avoid various criticisms, including the growing commercialization of the movement and the charge by political radicals such as the Black Panthers and antiwar activists that the "freaks" were merely self-indulgent kids rebelling against their middle-class parents. The drugs were supposedly "mind-expanding," but they led to destructive behavior, especially after pot and acid were replaced by heroin and speed. Goldberg isn't blind to these weaknesses, but loyally defends the period as "a flash to indicate something different was possible." He credits the hippies with bringing environmentalism, yoga, meditation, and organic food, among other things, into the mainstream of American life. While often just skimming the surface of complex issues, Goldberg brings a personal passion that itself illustrates the lasting resonance of the hippie era. Agent: Laura Nolan, Kuhn Projects. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Chapter 1 Being Inp. 24
Chapter 2 Before the Deluge (1954-1966)p. 64
Chapter 3 The Media and the Messagesp. 104
Chapter 4 Electric Music for the Mind and Bodyp. 126
Chapter 5 Black Powerp. 169
Chapter 6 Flower Powerp. 199
Chapter 7 Being There Thenp. 232
Chapter 8 You Say You Want a Revolutionp. 255
Chapter 9 Death of Hippiep. 287
Epilogue: Reflections in the Crystal Windp. 301
1967 Timelinep. 322
Sourcesp. 327
Acknowledgmentsp. 335

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