Publisher description for Counterculture kaleidoscope : musical and cultural perspectives on late sixties San Francisco / by Nadya Zimmerman.

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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 sociopolitical 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 countercultural 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.

"Astute and accessible, Counterculture Kaleidoscope provides thought-provoking insights into the historical, cultural and social context of the San Francisco counter-culture and its music scene, including discussions of Vietnam and student protest, the Haight-Ashbury Diggers, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Altamont, and Charlie Manson. A must for students and scholars of socio-musical activity and to all of us to whom music matters."
---Sheila Whiteley, author of The Space Between the Notes: Rock and the Counter-Culture and Too Much Too Young: Popular Music, Age and Gender

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 Seattle, Washington.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Counterculture -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 20th century.
Rock music -- California -- San Francisco -- History and criticism.
Rock musicians -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 20th century.
Youth -- California -- San Francisco -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Social change -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 20th century.