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James A. Mitchell is the author of "The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution" (December 2013, Seven Stories Press); "But for the Grace: Profiles in Peace from a Nation at War" (2009, Mansion Field); "It Was All Right: Mitch Ryder's Life in Music" (2008, Wayne State University Press); and "Applegate: Freedom of the Press in a Small Town (2002, University Press of America). A reporter and editor for more than thirty years in New York, Michigan, and as a US Army soldier-journalist, Mitchell's works on a wide range of subjects have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines.

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September marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first Detroit visit. But another key show by one of the Fab Four is a focal point in James A. Mitchell’s The Walrus & The Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution . In December 1971, Lennon played an Ann Arbor benefit for John Sinclair, who had been jailed f...

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The Walrus and the Elephants by James A. Mitchell
"I feel like this book helped bridge what I learned in history in high school to my real life. It was like putting history to a soundtrack that I know and love. I learned a lot and I enjoyed the writing. I felt like there was a good balance between..." Read more of this review »
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"REALLY interesting look at a really interesting piece of history, musical-political-social-activist history in particular. Leaves a hippie-loving, musically aware Gen X-er such as myself full of emotions and wondering why I wasn't born a decade ea..." Read more of this review »
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" Someone else caught a typo, which doesn't cause the personal concerns of the mistake you flagged. No, you're the first on that one - which I hope is a ...more "
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"A quick-reading, fast-paced but thorough account of Lennon's role in the counter-culture of the 60's and 70's in America. Included are his and Yoko's musical growth which was integral to that role. The Establishment (Nixon, Hoover et al) do not fa..." Read more of this review »
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" Early "Walrus" praise from music executive (Atlantic), manager (Nirvana) and author Danny Goldberg. Kind words, truly appreciated:

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“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.”
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“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.”
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Kurt Vonnegut
“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.”
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“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.”
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James Mitchell Early "Walrus" praise from music executive (Atlantic), manager (Nirvana) and author Danny Goldberg. Kind words, truly appreciated:

"James Mitchell carefully and lovingly has reconstructed an inspiring and poignant chapter both in John Lennon's odyssey and in the tangled flow of the American anti-war and other protest movements of the late nineteen sixties and early seventies. The Walrus and The Elephants is an indispensable window into an amazing time in American history and the history of rock and roll." – Danny Goldberg, author of Bumping Into Geniuses


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