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Beneath the Diamond Sky: Haight-Ashbury, 1965-1970by Barney Hoskyns
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An electrifying portrayal — in text and 150 extraordinary pictures — of the psychedelic culture that galvanized the Bay Area during that mythic time when "The Haight" emerged as the mecca of the counterculture.
There is a magical aura even some three decades later to the eight-block-wide area of San Francisco that came to symbolize the revolutionary fervor of a generation. Beneath the Diamond Sky, which takes its title from a line from Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," is the first illustrated book devoted to the music, politics, culture, and art of the Haight Ashbury scene.
Beginning with the Beat period, which created the aesthetic for the psychedelic explosion that followed, Barney Hoskyns covers the entire drug-sex-and-acid-rock phenomenon, from Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters through the birth of The Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane; the flowering of Pop Art, light shows, LSD, and consciousness-raising — all building to an apocalyptic end with the tragedy and anarchy of Altamont.
Bursting with psychedelic artwork, this stunning history has the same mesmerizing impact of Hoskyns's book on the L.A. music scene, Waiting for the Sun.
Book News Annotation:
Half black-and-white photographs and half text over rainbow-hued facing pages. Hoskyns is a music writer and focuses highly on the big- name bands and musicians of the era, but also explores how they intersected with the politics, drugs, and lifestyles.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
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