Provo: Amsterdam's Anarchist Revolt

Front Cover
Autonomedia, 2007 - History - 158 pages
2 Reviews
This is the first book-length English-language study of Holland's legendary insurrectional movement. In an introduction and eight chapters, Richard Kempton narrates the rise and fall of Provo from early Dutch "Happenings" staged in 1962 through to the so-called "Death of Provo" in 1967, including Robert Jasper Grootveld'sanarchist anti-cancer campaigns, the riots against Princess Beatrix's marriage to an ex-Nazi, and the famous White Bicycle program. Then, in seven appendices, he comments on parallel contemporary and near-contemporary movements, including Dada and Situationism; studies Amsterdam's previous anarchist traditions; chronicles the spread of Provo through the Netherlands and the development of the Kabouter(Gnome) party; and offers an existentialist critique of Provo and other anarchist movements of the '60s. This unique book is based on extensive primary research and includes a selective bibliography of the Dutch-language sources.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Provo: Amsterdam's Anarchist Revolt

User Review  - Goodreads

Read this just before and while running Come Out & Play in Amsterdam. Very inspiring and informative. A little cult-like in the representation of the one guy, Robert Jasper Grootveld, for what is ... Read full review

Review: Provo: Amsterdam's Anarchist Revolt

User Review  - Goodreads

A little bit hokey and rose-colored, but it's mostly a history of the movement. I knew practically nothing about Provo, so in this way it was useful. It made some claims about Sartre's "fused group ... Read full review


new babylon
anarchist antecedents in amsterdam

2 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Richard Kempton is a retired librarian living in Los Angeles. He lived in Amsterdam in the early 60s, and came to Provo in 1965 when his Dutch wife wrote a paper on Provo Speech for a class. Her interest inspired him to write this book because he couldn't find one to read.

Bibliographic information