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Counterculture Kaleidoscope: Musical and Cultural Perspectives on Late Sixties San Francisco
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Counterculture Kaleidoscope: Musical and Cultural Perspectives on Late Sixties San Francisco (Hardback)

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This book offers a bold reconsideration of the meaning of 1960s San Francisco counterculture.""Counterculture Kaleidoscope"" explores the traditions represented in the cultural and musical practices of the late Sixties San Francisco counterculture. Dismantling the notion that the movement was all about rebellion and opposition, the book dislodges two myths: first, that the counterculture was an organized socio political movement consisting of progressive people (dubbed ""hippies"") with a shared agenda who opposed the mainstream, and second, that the counterculture was a pure and innocent entity co-opted by commercialism and transformed over time into an agent of so-called ""hip consumerism.""As several recent books on the concept of hipness illustrate, counterculture has become synonymous with rebellion and opposition. Movement-based Sixties histories, nostalgic accounts of the great ""sex, drugs, and rock n' roll"" era, and conservative polemics stigmatizing counter cultural radicalism have reinforced this equation. As an alternative, this book examines primary source material (including music, artwork, popular literature, personal narratives, and first-hand historical accounts) to demonstrate that the San Francisco counterculture in 1966-67 displayed no interest in commitment to a cause and made no association with divisive issues - embracing everything in general, but nothing in particular.

Music & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresRock & Pop musicPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: The University of Michigan Press Publication Date: 15/07/2008 ISBN-13: 9780472115587  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Nadya Zimmerman received her Ph.D. in musicology at the University of California Los Angeles. Currently she teaches at Cornish College of the Arts in Seaattle, Washington.

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