The Republic of Rock

The Republic of Rock : Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture

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The Republic of Rock uncovers the lost story of rock music and citizenship in the sixties counterculture. Tracing the way people in two key places-San Francisco and Vietnam-used rock to make sense of their lives and the world around them, the book helps us to understand more vividly how rock became a medium for participants in the counterculture to think about what it meant to be an American citizen, a world citizen, a citizen-consumer, or a citizen-soldier. The music became a resource for grappling with the nature of democracy in larger systems of American power both domestically and globally. From the Acid Tests of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters to hippie disc jockeys on strike, from the airwaves of Vietnam to the forgotten tale of a South Vietnamese rock band, The Republic of Rock shows how the musical connections between the City of the Summer of Love to the country in which the United States waged war were crucial to the making of the sixties counterculture-and why the legacy of rock music in the sixties continues to matter to the meaning of citizenship in a global society today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 40 hts
  • 0195384865
  • 9780195384864
  • 1,541,417

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; Introduction ; Part I: San Francisco ; Ch 1. Uncle Sam Wants You to Pass the Acid Tests ; Ch 2. We Are KMPX FM Rock, Complete with All the Contradictions ; Ch 3. The Wild West Festival Is You and Me in a Cooperative Association ; Part II: Vietnam ; Ch 4. A Soundtrack for the Entire Process ; Ch 5. Welcome to Entertainment Vietnam! ; Ch 6. We Got A Little Peace Message, Like Straight from Saigon ; Epilogue ; Notes ; Index
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captivating read. This book will undoubtedly appeal to students and scholars of music, history, and culture alike. * Roger Davis Gatchet, Oral History Review * [a] groundbreaking study ... Highly recommended. * R. D. Cohen, Choice *
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About Michael J. Kramer

Lecturer, History and American Studies, Northwestern University. Cultural critic who writes a blog about arts and culture at
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