Description - Imagine Nation by Peter Braunstein
The counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s remains a highly controversial and divisive topic in our society; virtually the only thing that anyone can agree on is its enormous impact on American life. Critics on the right complain of the shattering of cherished social norms, while those on the left take many movements to task for not going far enough and selling out. Amidst the recent flourishing of 1960s scholarship, this volume focuses solely on the counterculture. Its 14 provocative essays seek to unearth the complexity and rediscover the society-changing power of significant movements and figures. The topics covered include feminism, psychedelic drug experimentation, guerrilla theatre, the New Left, Jimi Hendrix, communal living, underground comics, and avant-garde film. As a whole, the book offers new interpretations of how the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s irrevocably changed American society.
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Author Biography - Peter Braunstein
Peter Braunstein is a journalist and cultural historian based in New York City. He writes about fashion, film, celebrity, the 1960s, music, technology, and pop culture for such publications as the Village Voice, Forbes, American Heritage, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Women's Wear Daily, W, and culturefront. He received his M.A. from New York University in 1992, having written a thesis on the Haight-Ashbury counterculture. Michael William Doyle worked in the new-wave food co-op movement during the 1970s while living communally on an organic farm he helped found in Wisconsin. He went on to earn a B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989), and a Ph.D. at Cornell University (1997). He is currently Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University at Muncie, Indiana. He is the author of Free Radicals: The Haight-Ashbury Diggers and the American Counterculture in the 1960s.