There's a Riot Going on: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of the '60s

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Canongate, 2007 - Social Science - 598 pages
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Between 1965 and 1972, students and other political activists around the globe prepared to mount a revolution. While the Vietnam War raged, calls for black power grew louder and liberation movements erupted everywhere from Berkeley, Detroit, and Newark, to Paris, Berlin, Ghana, and Peking. Rock and soul music fueled this 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 protestors on the barricades; some were persecuted for their political activism; some abandoned the cause and were dismissed as counter-revolutionaries. From Mick Jagger’s legendary appearance in Grosvenor Square, standing on the sidelines and snapping pictures, to the infamous incident at Woodstock when Pete Townshend kicked Yippie Abbie Hoffman off the stage while he tried to make a speech about an imprisoned comrade, to Lennon’s display of self-promotion when he auctioned off his hair on top of the “Black House,” Doggett unravels the truth about how these ambitious musicians weren’t always the “Street Fighting Men” they saw themselves as. There’s A Riot Going On is a rich, fact-filled, exceedingly well-researched social history at the nexus of pop culture, celebrity, and politics.

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Review: There's A Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of '60s Counter-Culture

User Review  - Karrie - Goodreads

this book was a waste of time. a discredit to the movments of the 60s. very poor research on the Black Panthers. paints musicians in a terrible light. really a terrible read as well. Read full review

Review: There's A Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of '60s Counter-Culture

User Review  - Michael D - Goodreads

Functional chronological roll-call of most of the revolutionary protest groups and their actions from 1965 to 1972 that is grim to read but interesting enough. Nixon's massive landslide election win ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Peter Doggett is a commentator and writer about popular music, entertainment, and social and cultural history. He is a regular contributor to publications such as Mojo, Q, and GQ. Some of his books are The Art and Music of John Lennon, Are You Ready for the Country, and You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After The Break Up.

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