Sandwiched between the placid fifties and the flamboyant seventies, the sixties, a decade of tumultuous change and stunning paradoxes, is often reduced to a series of slogans, symbols, and media images. In America in the Sixties, Greene goes beyond the cliches and synthesizes thirty years of research, writing, and teaching on one of the most turbulent decades of the twentieth century. Greene sketches the well-known players of the period - John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Betty Friedan-bringing each to life with subtle detail. He introduces the reader to lesser-known incidents of the decade and offers fresh and persuasive insights on many of its watershed events. Greene argues that the civil rights movement began in 1955 following the death of Emmett Till; that many accomplishments credited to Kennedy were based upon myth, not historical fact, and that his presidency was far from successful; that each of the movements of the period-civil rights, students, antiwar, ethnic nationalism-were started by young intellectuals and eventually driven to failure by activists who had different goals in mind; and that the ´´counterculture´´, which has been glorified in today´s media as a band of rock-singing hippies, had its roots in some of the most provocative social thinking of the postwar period. Greene chronicles the decade in a thematic manner, devoting individual chapters to such subjects as the legacy of the fifties, the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, the civil rights movements, and the war in Vietnam. Combining an engrossing narrative with intelligent analysis, America in the Sixties enriches our understanding of that pivotal era. The book is published by Syracuse University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Munson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004980/bk_acx0_004980_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
San Francisco grew from a tiny burg of 1,000 persons in 1848 to its present-day population of 825,863. The city was founded in 1776 when Spain built a fort at the site of Golden Gate Park. After World War II, San Francisco became a magnet for America´s counter-culture. Hippies flocked to Haight-Ashbury in 1960 and peaked out with the Summer of Love in 1967. San Francisco´s China Town is the oldest and largest in North America. The city´s famous cable cars carry riders up and down the steep inclines and to Fisherman´s Wharf below. People watch as the fishermen bring in their daily catch each day at the piers of Fisherman´s Wharf. There´s little that can´t be found in San Francisco. The city´s ethnic makeup is diverse. It´s made up of whites, Asians, Afro-Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics. San Francisco has developed an international character that began with its founding and continues today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Reeves. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079844/bk_acx0_079844_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Englisch, Paperback, 15x22,5 cm, 286 Seiten, s/w-Fotos - Aus allen Ecken des Landes kamen Farmer, Trucker, Bergleute und Angestellte an die goldene Küste Kaliforniens. Sie trugen ihre Gitarren, ihre Notizbücher, ihr Leben auf dem Rücken und widmeten sich der Schaffung eines neuen Klangs, der aus den reichen Adern der amerikanischen Musik gewonnen wurde: Rockabilly, Country & Western, Mountain Ethnic Music und Folk. Buck Owens und die Buckaroos, die Dillards, die Flying Burrito Brothers, die Buffalo Springfield, die Nitty Gritty Dirt Band und Poco haben der Band, die zur größten Erfolgsgeschichte des Country-Rock wurde, den Weg geebnet: die Eagles. Basierend auf ausführlichen Interviews mit vielen der Pioniere des Country Rock ist Desperados das erste und einzige Buch, das die Geschichte seines Aufstiegs von einer unbekannten Form zu einem Genre dokumentiert, das die meistverkaufte Platte aller Zeiten hervorgebracht hat: The Eagles´ Greates Hits. Von wilden Straßenschlachten zwischen Hippies und Hinterwäldlern, über die gemeinsamen Hundekämpfe um Bands, bis hin zum tragischen Tod der Gründer des Country Rock (Gene Clark, Gram Parson und Clarence White), dokumentiert dieses wichtige Buch prägnant und unterhaltsam die Entwicklung einer echten amerikanischen Kunstform.
´´I read somewhere that 77 percent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I´m more intrigued by the 23 percent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.´´ - Jerry Garcia Despite the enormous esteem he has garnered from virtually every corner of the music world, Jerry Garcia has continued to elude both fans and music historians as they attempt to determine his origins and categorize his art and influence on American music. Part of their difficulty lies in the fact that his work as the frontman for the Grateful Dead, ´´one of the most prolific and iconic guitarists of the twentieth century´´, tended toward a blending of the traditional with the experimental. He was willing to use almost any and every available ethnic musical resource. Garcia´s passionate interest in virtually every nook and cranny of American music, particularly rural music, made the task of following his concepts from moment to moment an unpredictable and inexact science. In his explorations and elaborations on old musical treasures, whether familiar or obscure, he fully indulged in almost all of them at one time or another. For Garcia, this was not a career move but a joyous personal search to create a vast palette of harmonic, rhythmic, and textural escapades. As an iconic example of the ´´communitarian, drug-positive hippie subculture of Haight-Ashbury´´, and fulfilling all the expectations of the devotees who immersed themselves in the era´s music, Garcia could just as easily draw from classical music as he could from American jazz. He performed highly regionalized blues in all of their dialects, along with country music, numerous shades of rock music, and any combination of all of them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Violet Meadow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034641/bk_acx0_034641_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.