Lunchtime Chat: Author of In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea and CHS Guest Curator Dennis McNally

Friday, June 16, 2017 11:30AM

Lunchtime Chat: Author of <em>In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea</em> and CHS Guest Curator Dennis McNally
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Join California Historical Society (CHS) for a rich conversation between Dennis McNally, Guest Curator of CHS’ exhibition, On the Road to the Summer of Love and Danny Goldberg, author of the new book, In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea. Hear Dennis and Danny discuss the complex and rich history of 1967 and then participate by posing questions during the Q&A.

After the Q&A purchase a copy of In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea and have it signed by the author.

About the Book:

Danny Goldberg’s new book is a subjective history of 1967, the year he graduated from high school. It is, he writes in the introduction, “an attempt at trying to remember the culture that mesmerized me, to visit the places and conversations I was not cool enough to have been a part of.” It is also a refreshing and new analysis of the era; by looking at not only the political causes, but also the spiritual, musical, and psychedelic movements, Goldberg provides a unique perspective on how and why the legacy of 1967 lives on today. 1967 was the year of the release of the Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and of debut albums from the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, among many others. In addition to the thriving music scene, 1967 was also the year of the Summer of Love; the year that millions of now-illegal LSD tabs flooded America; Muhammad Ali was convicted of avoiding the draft; Martin Luther King Jr. publicly opposed the war in Vietnam; Stokely Carmichael championed Black Power; Israel won the Six-Day War, and Che Guevara was murdered. It was the year that hundreds of thousands of protesters vainly attempted to levitate the Pentagon. It was the year the word “hippie” peaked and died, and the Yippies were born. Exhaustively researched and informed by interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Tom Hayden, Cora Weiss, and Gil Scott-Heron (one of many of Goldberg’s high school classmates who entered the culture), In Search of the Lost Chord is a mosaic of seminal moments in the psychedelic, spiritual, rock-and-roll, and political protest cultures of 1967.

About the Author:

Danny Goldberg is the author of How the Left Lost Teen Spirit and Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. Since 2007 he has been president of Gold Village Entertainment, whose clients include Steve Earle and Against Me. Previously, Goldberg was president of Gold Mountain Entertainment (Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers), CEO of Air America Radio, chairman of Warner Bros. Records, president of Atlantic Records, and vice president of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records.

About Dennis McNally

Dennis McNally was born in 1949 at Ft. Meade, Maryland. He earned his B.A in 1971 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1978 for a biography of Jack Kerouac which was published by Random House in 1979 under the title Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America.

He was selected as the Grateful Dead’s authorized biographer in 1980 and became the band’s publicist in 1984. in the process working on its behalf at the United Nations, the White House, and Congress, as well as every significant large performance venue in America. In 2002 he published his long-awaited history of the band, A Long Strange Trip/The Inside History of the Grateful Dead with Broadway Books, a division of Random House. It achieved the New York Times best- seller list.

His third book, On Highway 61/Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom was published in 2014, and won the Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson award for music writing from ASCAP. In 2015 Hachette published his edited compilation of interviews with Jerry Garcia, Jerry on Jerry, in both written and audio formats.

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