As you can see to the right, I have a new book out which I hope you will enjoy. It’s kind of a personal narrative of the counter-culture and its role in American society in the last century. Obviously much of it deals with my adventures in the music and movie trades from 1965-1995. A quote from the preface may give you a little insight into my thoughts.
But the artistic explosion of the 1960’s didn’t just get delivered from the heavens by aliens—it was the work of men and women who understood that they were part of an American tradition of “counter-culture”. Bob Dylan was no more a rebel than Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday or Orson Welles. But as the political establishment of America moved right, it served the culture warrior’s purpose to paint the artists that made American music and film the envy of the world as dangerous desperadoes. And in a sense they were. I call this movement The American Vanguard, using the English term for the French “Avant-Garde”. The spiritual godfather of the movement Henry David Thoreau wrote, “It is not so desirable to cultivate a respect for the law so much as for the right.” To which Bob Dylan replied, “To live outside the law, you must be honest.”
You need to read it on an I Pad, because it has more than 100 embedded videos of the artists. Enjoy