Novel Finds

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Excuse the mess!

When I’m not cooking, baking, eating, lusting after lipstick, listening to music, or writing, I’m reading. My most recent acquisitions, which I think will be very useful as I delve deep into my research, are: Tom Brokaw’s BOOM! VOICES OF THE SIXTIES and Peter Doggett’s THERE’S A RIOT GOING ON:

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I intended to grab a few more, but I can only carry so much a time!

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The side flap reads: “Between 1965 and 1972, political activists  around the globe prepared to mount a revolution. While the Vietnam War raged, calls for black power grew louder from Berkeley, Detroit, and Newark, to Paris, Berlin, Ghana, and Peking. Rock and soul music fueled  the revolutionary movement with anthems and iconic imagery. Soon the musicians themselves, from John Lennon and Bob Dylan to James Brown and Fela Kuti were being dragged into the fray. Some joined the protesters on the barricades, some were persecuted for their political activism, and some abandoned the cause and were dismissed as counterrevolutionaries….”

Of course, I have every intention of revisiting all of this revolutionary music. Some of my favourite artists wrote their most iconic tracks in this area.

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The flap of this text reads: “One of America’s premier journalists gives us an epic portrait of another defining era in America as he brings to life the tumultuous Sixties, a fault line in American history. The voices and stories of both famous people and ordinary citizens come together as Brokaw takes us on a memorable journey through a remarkable time, exploring how individual lives and the national mindset were affected by a controversial era and showing how the aftershocks of the Sixties continue to resound in our lives today. In reflections of a generation, Brokaw also discovers lessons that might guide us in the years ahead…”

I hope to get a sense of the 60s mindset, music, T.V., fashion, clothes, food, dialect, and much more. These are a good start.

– Ada

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