Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the Underground (Google eBook)

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Lionel Rolfe, 1998 - Political Science - 184 pages
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In 16 compelling essays about American culture & politics, this author, a scion of the world renowned musical Menuhin family, mixes it up with royalty, revolutionaries, murderers, celebrities & visionaries in a journey that juxtaposes his uncle - classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin - & Frank Zappa. For four decades the author has roamed the underground, writing extensively on his own unique & endearing vision. He has written for & worked at the Los Angeles Free Press, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle & Psychology Today. His work is often nationally syndicated & anthologized in important books such as Unknown California: Classic & Contemporary Writing on California Culture, Society, History & Politics (Macmillan) & On Bohemia: The Code of the Self-Exiled (Transaction). The author's eclectic musical world includes giants like Woody Guthrie, Janis Joplin, Darius Milhaud, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Gregor Piatigorsky, Joseph Szigeti, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Arnold Schoenberg, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGee & Hoyt Axton. But music isn't everything. As author of the classic Literary L. A. (Chronicle Books) & In Search of Literary L. A. (California Classics Books), he ranges among such nobles as Mark Twain, Truman Capote, Jack Kerouac, Upton Sinclair, Thomas Mann, Howard Fast, Malcolm Lowry, Carl Sandburg & his own godmother, Willa Cather. As a journalist, he has written with intimate knowledge about Cleveland Amory, Herb Caen, Warren Hinckle & General Harrison Gray Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times. His political coverage is massive, ranging from Abba Eban to Ronald Regan to Jim Garrison & the Kennedys. In the meanwhile, folks like Ed Asner, Ed Sullivan & Oliver Stone populate his Hollywood narrative. These tales collectively rip the masks off the politics, culture & society of the last four decades of the 20th century. Readers will meet some strange, shadowy figures, but also some beautiful visionaries.
  

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Contents

Growing Up With Yehudi Menuhin
17
Words Are Still Powerful
33
Politics of Innocence
41
Rootless in Utopia Liking It
53
Notes on a Lost Past
63
California Voodoo
71
Unnatural Causes
81
Death from the Desert
93
Death in the Desert
99
Dinosaurs in the Bedroom
115
A Building of Life Not Death
127
The Other California Editor
137
Syd Cassyds TV Wars
145
Unpopular Science
157
Afterword
181
Copyright

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