- The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture
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Format: Hardcover. There are a lot of books analyzing 60s rock history, but they generally suffer from one of two flaws: either they are a trainspotter's guide, busily parsing the difference between Gram Parsons outtakes and the 13th Floor Elevators' last single, or they are excessively theoretical tomes by academic who turn out not to be very knowledgeable about rock music beyond repeated listenings to a few Beatles albums.
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Both approaches generally hide the fact that the author doesn't really have much to add. Michael Kramer's new book is a refreshing change. Kramer is knowledgeable and analytical, well grounded in both music history and cultural history, but he stands out by having a new way to consider the way in which rock music influenced and gripped the experience of the s.
KMPX folded in the wake of a contentious strike by its hippie staff in , supported by the local rock establishment, but the strike unfolded in a variety of ways that set the event apart from typical labor struggles. The broad facts of the KMPX strike are generally known, if somewhat foggily recalled, but Kramer does an excellent job unraveling the confusing threads.
The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture
Even people well versed in the history of San Francisco rock in the s will learn from these chapters--who knew that the Grateful Dead-managed Carousel Ballroom was one of the few entities advertising on KMPX throughout the strike? Having used the KMPX strike to define a way that rock invested culture in the 60s, Kramer turns his attention to another theater entirely: the Vietham War.
There has been some commentary about music in Vietnam, usually reflected in the movie "Good Morning Vietnam" or in eyewitness accounts of celebrity tours for the troops. Yet Kramer analyzes the way in which rock was both presented as "subversive" and yet apparently tolerated, if not actually encouraged by the US Army, essentially as a morale booster.
The story is too remarkable to summarize--who knew that Saigon had a club called Fillmore Far East--but the peculiar saga of the CBC Band anchors a unique and informative approach to 60s rock music that shines a new perspective on the era. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject: you needn't be a 60s rock expert to understand it, but even those who are knowledgeable will learn plenty from Kramer's careful research. See both reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime.
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Now, in The Republic of Rock, Michael Kramer draws on new archival sources and interviews to explore sixties music and politics through the lens of these two generation-changing places-San Francisco and Vietnam. From the Acid Tests of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters to hippie disc jockeys on strike, the military's use of rock music to "boost morale" in Vietnam, and the forgotten tale of a South Vietnamese rock band, The Republic of Rock shows how the musical connectionsbetween the City of the Summer of Love and war-torn Southeast Asia were crucial to the making of the sixties counterculture.
The book also illustrates how and why the legacy of rock music in the sixties continues to matter to the meaning of citizenship in a global society today. Going beyond cliched narratives aboutsixties music, Kramer argues that rock became a way 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. Seller Inventory AAW About this Item: Condition: New.
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