Provo: Amsterdam's anarchist revolt
Cultural Writing. Political Science. Provo staged political and cultural interventions into the symbolic and everyday spaces of Holland from 1962-1967. In this first book-length English-language study of their history, Richard Kempton narrates the rise and fall of Provo from early Dutch "happenings" staged in 1962 to the "Death of Provo" in 1967. He chronicles Robert Jasper Grootveld's anarchist anti-cancer campaign, the riots against Princess Beatrix's marriage to an ex-Nazi, and the famous White Bicycle program. He also comments on parallel contemporary and near-contemporary movements (including Dada and Situationism), Amsterdam's previous anarchist traditions, the spread of Provo through Holland and the development of the Kabouter party, and ends by offering an existentialist critique of Provo and other anarchist movements of the 1960s.
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The Provo movement, little known in the English speaking world, was a 1960s anarchist movement that, from 1965 to 1967, created chaos in Amsterdam and the surrounding towns and cities of the Netherlands and Dutch-speaking Belgium. Kempton offers a straight-up historical account of the movement from its inception to its disbanding, providing a sympathetic view into the actions, police battles, and publications of the group. In a series of very useful appendices, he offers information on the philosophical, historical, and artistic origins of the group, as well as a highly enthusiastic critique of another recent work on the movement. Kempton does not provide a full understanding of the movement; many of its leaders, except for its "prophet" Grootweld, remain more of less ciphers. In particular, very little is said about Irene Donner-Van Wettering, one of the pioneers of the Netherlands family planning movements, an ardent feminist, and one of the few Provos to be elected to a government post. It is, however, a brief book, on a subject that is only rarely taken seriously in the English speaking press. If you are interested in new social movements or anarchy, it's a good choice, and one of the few works available on the subject in English, which makes it an even better choice if you don't read Dutch.
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In the mid-1960s, a loose band of artists, hippies, and anarchists burst onto the political stage in the Netherlands. Known as the Provos (as in to provoke), they led a mini-rebellion against the ... Read full review
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