Rock - Revolution. My 60s
original edition: Another little piece of my heart. My life of rock - revolution in the 60's (Bloomsbury, New York, 2015)
English translation (United States): Nicolas Mesplède
Format:17 cm x 22 cm
Pagination: 224 pp.
Sale price: 23 euros TTC
Released: 4 October 2019
One of the first rock critics recounts this moment of rock change in the history of the United States (1965-1970) through the prism of the music scene and the protest movements.
Richard Goldstein has always been passionate about counterculture, through rock, political protest and gay rights. His style of New Journalism has been expressed, in addition to the Village Voice, in the New York Times, Harper's or The Nation. He is the author of, among others, The Poetry of rock, Reporting the counterculture and Homocons: The rise of the Gay right. He's a teacher at Hunter College in New York. This is his first book translated into French.
THE LIVE: Richard Goldstein is above all a music fan. Born in Manhattan in 1944, raised in the Bronx, he was, by his own admission, the first in his family to distinguish Hegel from a bagel! Under the influence of James Joyce and Tom Wolfe, he was twenty-two years old when he proposed to the Village Voice (co-founded by Norman Mailer) to write a column on current music. He became one of the first rock critics to hold a regular column, "Pop Eye's". His one-sided and committed style will be his brand, going so far as to exhaust the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper — which he later regretted — or other rock icons. Until 1969, he covered most of the news of rock, spending long periods of work and getting high with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, the Grateful Dead or the Doors during the recording of one of their records. He developed a particularly close relationship with Janis Joplin (which explains the original title of this book). The latter's death in October 1970, after that of Jimi Hendrix the previous month (Jim Morrison will follow them in July 1971), marks the end of his belief in the revolutionary potential of rock'n'roll. He then turned to more political topics: minority rights, black and homosexual in particular, gender issues, going hand in hand with his choice to fully assume his homosexuality. It will be close to Warhol's Factory, the Black Panthers and the Yippies, the organization of Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, an iconoclastic attempt to spread far-left ideas in Nixon's United States. He paints a portrait from inside The protesting America of his dreams and disillusions, with humour and lucidity.