Provo: Amsterdam's Anarchist Revolt

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Autonomedia, 2007 - History - 158 pages
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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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User Review  - Catherine - 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

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User Review  - Brycedwyer - 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


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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 couldnt find one to read.

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