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Rites of Passage

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
On a hot summer night in 1963, a teenager named Walt Crowley hopped off a bus in Seattle's University District, and began his own personal journey through the 1960s. Four years later at age 19, he was installed as "rapidograph in residence" at the Helix, the region's leading underground newspaper. His cartoons, cover art, and political essays helped define his generation's ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by University of Washington Press (first published October 1st 1995)
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Feb 01, 2009 Erik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crowley makes it clear that his memoir is about the Sixties in Seattle, and not the other way around -- Seattle in the Sixties. Which makes perfect sense, as he details a turbulent decade that he spent as first a high school student at Nathan Hale (my alma mater), and then as a UW student (of which I’m also an alumni) and leftist political activist behind the short-lived political newspaper Helix.

While the first half of the book was more about the impact of national and world events on Seattle p
Aug 29, 2009 Janet rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this lively, well-written memoir. Crowley's legacy also includes, and in this book he did an excellent job of giving the historical and intellectual context for events in Seattle and on the national stage, so it's a great read even for non-Seattlites who are interested in the sixties, or for anyone interested in the history of the city (particularly the U District).
I was witness to many of the events, and some of the individuals, mentioned in this "memoir of the Sixties in Seattle." The book shines when Crowley relates events that he was personally involved in, but gets bogged down in too many names and events on the national, and sometimes international, scene. However those events help to place the events in Seattle in perspective.
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