The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Neil Young´s Waging Heavy Peace, the rock music memoir of the year. Read by Keith Carradine. ´´I felt that writing books fit me like a glove; I just started and I just kept going.´´ Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture generally in the last four decades. Reflective, insightful, and disarmingly honest, in Waging Heavy Peace he writes about his life and career. From his youth in Canada to his crazy journey out to California, through Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, & Nash, to his massively successful solo career and his reemergence as the patron saint of grunge on to his role today as one of the last uncompromised and uncompromising survivors of rock & roll - this is Neil´s story told in his own words. In the book Young presents a kaleidoscopic view of personal life and musical creativity; it´s a journey that spans the snows of Ontario to the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Along the way he writes about the music, the victims, the girls, and the drugs; about his happy family life but also about the health problems he and his children have experienced; about guitars, cars, and sound systems; about Canada and California and Hawaii. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Keith Carradine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000342de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The very strange but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a 1960s hippie utopia. Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. Members of bands like the Byrds, the Doors, Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, the Turtles, the Eagles, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Steppenwolf, CSN, Three Dog Night, and Love, along with such singer/songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, James Taylor, and Carole King, lived together and jammed together in the bucolic community nestled in the Hollywood Hills. But there was a dark side to that scene as well. Many didn´t make it out alive, and many of those deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day. Far more integrated into the scene than most would like to admit was a guy by the name of Charles Manson, along with his murderous entourage. Also floating about the periphery were various political operatives, up-and-coming politicians, and intelligence personnel - the same sort of people who gave birth to many of the rock stars populating the canyon. And all the canyon´s colorful characters - rock stars, hippies, murderers, and politicos - happily coexisted alongside a covert military installation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Fike. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094078de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Roxie’s on the run from a bad boyfriend who will not catch the hint that it is o-v-e-r. She’s in no mood for love at first sight, but when her eyes fall on Hank, it’s trouble from the get-go. Roxie tries to hold Hank at arm´s length but Hank wants to be a closer (as in, a lot closer). Roxie’s trouble catches up with her and Hank wants to help but Roxie knows in her heart that she’s no good for a white-hat guy. The problem is no one agrees with her, especially her crazy hippie best friend Annette or her parents; the even crazier small-Indiana-town Herb and Trish. Toss into the mix the gang from Rock Chick and Rock Chick Rescue and Roxie finds herself totally outnumbered. Climb in for another Rock Chick wild ride through Rock Chick Redemption. As the odds stack up against Roxie, she has no choice but to hold on and just ride it out through the kidnappings, car chases, society parties, a riot at the strip club, Hank getting ´´Mom Bombed´´ and one crazy night at the Haunted House. During all this Hank works at convincing her she really wants to stay and he, along with the Hot Bunch, go all out to make her safe. Hank also needs to work on showing Roxie that her past decisions don’t mean her future can’t include something as downright delicious as…normal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susannah Jones. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017024de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A young hippie couple reach both enlightenment and social fame via their ´´material pragmatism´´, supported by both Western and Eastern religion - and with some help from an American Indian named ´´Little Bird´´. They triumph, both materially and spiritually, after almost hitting rock bottom. This eclectic novel, described by the author as borrowing from all genres of fiction, features kidnapping, mental illness, psychedelics, folk-rock, radicals and liberals, good hippies, a hippie terrorist, amateur telescope makers, ecological power companies, gurus, and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Butler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000039de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his 1967 megahit ´´San Francisco,´´ Scott McKenzie sang of ´´people in motion´´ coming from all across the country to San Francisco, the white-hot center of rock music and anti-war protests. At the same time, another large group of young Americans was also in motion, less eagerly, heading for the jungles of Vietnam. Now, in The Republic of Rock, Michael Kramer draws on new archival sources and interviews to explore sixties music and politics through the lens of these two generation-changing places - San Francisco and Vietnam. From the Acid Tests of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters to hippie disc jockeys on strike, the military´s use of rock music to ´´boost morale´´ in Vietnam, and the forgotten tale of a South Vietnamese rock band, The Republic of Rock shows how the musical connections between the City of the Summer of Love and war-torn Southeast Asia were crucial to the making of the sixties counterculture. The audiobook also illustrates how and why the legacy of rock music in the sixties continues to matter to the meaning of citizenship in a global society today. Going beyond cliched narratives about sixties music, Kramer argues that rock became a way for participants in the counterculture to think about what it meant to be an American citizen, a world citizen, a citizen-consumer, or a citizen-soldier. The music became a resource for grappling with the nature of democracy in larger systems of American power both domestically and globally. For anyone interested in the 1960s, popular music, and American culture and counterculture, The Republic of Rock offers new insight into the many ways rock music has shaped our ideas of individual freedom and collective belonging. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lance Axt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015528de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the acclaimed author of Rip It Up and Start Again and Retromania - ´´the foremost popular music critic of this era´´ (Times Literary Supplement) - comes the definitive cultural history of glam and glitter rock, celebrating its outlandish fashion and outrageous stars, including David Bowie and Alice Cooper, and tracking its vibrant legacy in contemporary pop. Spearheaded by David Bowie, Alice Cooper, T. Rex, and Roxy Music, glam rock reveled in artifice and spectacle. Reacting against the hairy, denim-clad rock bands of the late ´60s, glam was the first true teenage rampage of the new decade. In Shock and Awe, Simon Reynolds takes you on a wild cultural tour through the early ´70s, a period packed with glitzy costumes and alien makeup, thrilling music, and larger-than-life personas. Shock and Awe offers a fresh, in-depth look at the glam and glitter phenomenon, placing it in the wider ´70s context of social upheaval and political disillusion. It explores how artists like Lou Reed, New York Dolls, and Queen broke with the hippie generation, celebrating illusion and artifice over truth and authenticity. Probing the genre´s major themes - stardom, androgyny, image, decadence, fandom, apocalypse - Reynolds tracks glam´s legacy as it unfolded in subsequent decades, from ´80s art-pop icons like Kate Bush through to 21st-century idols of outrage such as Lady Gaga. Shock and Awe shows how the original glam artists´ obsessions with fame, extreme fashion, and theatrical excess continue to reverberate through contemporary pop culture. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Camm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005592de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:THE FINANCIAL PAGE´´The Permission Problem´´, by James Surowiecki: Too many stakeholders can be a deal-breaker.THE TALK OF THE TOWN:´´Buddy Song´´, by Lizzie Widdicombe: Orrin Hatch´s song for Ted Kennedy.´´Hippie Rock´´, by Michael Schulman: A walk in the park with the co-creator of Hair.ANNALS OF CRIME´´The Chameleon´´, by David Grann: The many lives of Frederic Bourdin.SHOUTS AND MURMURS´´Pollster Reports Nightmare´´, by Bruce McCall: A comedic piece on the overuse of polls.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Young Loves´´, by David Denby: Reviews of Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Elegy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/080813de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In late 1971 John Lennon left London behind and moved to New York, eager to join a youth movement rallying for social justice and an end to the Vietnam War. Lennon was quickly embraced by radicals and revolutionaries, the hippies and Yippies at odds with the establishment. Settling in Greenwich Village, the heart of Manhattan´s counterculture, the former Beatle was soon on the frontlines of the antiwar movement and championing a range of causes and issues. Seen as a savior by a generation in need of cultural heroes, Lennon was just as passionately hounded by a government eager to find enemies within. The FBI and White House considered Lennon a threat; a plan was devised to deport the singer prior to the election as a ´´strategic counter-measure´´ to preserve Richard Nixon´s presidency in 1972. The Walrus and the Elephants is told by an unlikely cast of friends, including the musicians of the Elephant´s Memory band, who were among the few with a chance to see the man behind the Beatle. Exclusive interviews include writer and feminist leader Gloria Steinem; congressional black caucus cofounder Ron Dellums; ´´Chicago Seven´´ veteran Rennie Davis; immigration attorney Leon Wildes; and legendary poet-activist John Sinclair, whose imprisonment for marijuana - a 10-year sentence for two joints - kicked off Lennon´s American journey. It was a busy year of making albums, controversial TV appearances, and what would be Lennon´s last full-length concert at Madison Square Garden; it was also a time of great change in America, with many of the confrontations that began brewing in the sixties reaching an end...and the beginning of a new era. John Lennon fought for peace and was treated with scorn by some, suspicion by others - including a government wishing to silence the singer. The Walrus and the Elephants is a look back by those who fought the fight. He was a dreamer, but not the only one. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015811de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Jay Bakker and remembering code breaker Leo Marks on this edition of Fresh Air. In 1989 Jay Bakker´s father, Jimmy, was convicted of defrauding his followers at the Praise The Lord ministry, and sent to prison. Then his parents divorced. Bakker was 13 years old at the time. In his new memoir, Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows, he writes of returning to faith after a long period of alcoholism and disillusionment. Jay Bakker now heads his own ministry, Revolution, in Atlanta, ministering to skateboarders, punk rockers, and hippies, and other neglected kids. Code breaker Leo Marks died January 15th at the age of 80. He served as one of Britain´s top code makers during WWII. There he revolutionized the military´s code making methods. He wrote about his experiences in ´´Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker´s War 1941-1945. Marks was also a screenwriter. His most famous film was the 1960´s cult-classic Peeping Tom. (Broadcast Dates: February 1, 2001 and July 13, 1999) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030131de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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/acx0/004980de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.