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There's A Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of '60s Counter-Culture

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Between 1967 and 1973, political activists around the globe prepared to mount a revolution. While the Vietnam War raged, calls for black power grew louder and liberation movements erupted everywhere from Africa to Western Europe.Demonstrators took to the streets, fought gun battles with police, planted bombs in public buildings and attempted to overthrow the world's most p ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published October 4th 2007 by Canongate Books (first published 2007)
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Apr 12, 2009 Tim rated it really liked it
An excellent year-by-year social history of the 60s, with special focus on the intersections of politics and music. Each chapter/year covers the student/anti-Vietnam movement, civil rights & black power and women's lib in the U.S., as well as uprisings and protests around the world. Doggett is a very engaging writer, and his sober judgment and myth-deflating of events and personalities make for a fascinating read. (You'll never think of John Lennon or Mick Jagger and their cronies as icons o ...more
Craig Werner
Dec 13, 2011 Craig Werner rated it liked it
Shelves: music, sixties
Disappointing. Doggett falls victim to exactly the problem he identifies as the downfall of Sixties rock "revolutionaries": confusing their insular universe with the larger political landscape. There's a ton of fascinating detail about the relationship between rock musicians and the more radical wings of the movement. But Doggett's roughly as deluded about the importance of fringe elements of various Marxist groups as the musicians he criticizes. If you accept his take, A.J. Weberman (wackdoodle ...more
Darcia Helle
Mar 13, 2010 Darcia Helle rated it really liked it
This book follows the counter-culture's various political movements from 1965 to 1972. Most of the information focuses on the happenings in the U.S., though Peter Doggett does touch upon other countries and how the turmoil connected. Doggett covers the Weathermen, the Black Power groups, Yippies, the start of the Women's Movement, the political activists such as Abbie Hoffman, and the musicians who got involved.

Doggett gives us insight into why the underground movements took off the way they di
Sep 30, 2008 Justin rated it liked it
This was a good, but not great, survey of the ongoing dialog (for lack of a better term) between the music community and the peace/civil rights movement between the mid-60s through 1972. Doggett carefully avoids lionizing his subjects - Rubin, Hoffman, Dylan, Lennon, etc. - and is extremely critical (for good reason) of the lack of attention gave to the feminist and gay rights movements by the rock community. Kudos also are due for not restricting to the traditional rock cannon, but also touchin ...more
Aug 19, 2008 Tosh marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
We just got this in the bookstore. The American edition is now released, and it looks very interesting. Right now reading Richard Brody's crit-bio on Jean-Luc Godard and even though I was a little tot, I remember the late 60's being such an interesting era in radical politics of all sorts and stripes. Godard was one of the main figures in that era, as well as a cast of thousands.

I think what's so sad right now is the mass population (at least in America) is so conservative in its thinking and a
Jul 03, 2015 Karrie rated it it was ok
this book was a waste of time. a discredit to the movments of the 60s. very poor research on the Black Panthers. paints musicians in a terrible light. really a terrible read as well.
Liz Wollman
Oct 05, 2009 Liz Wollman rated it it was ok
Had a lot of promise but ended up being something of a scrambled mess. I gave up.
Dec 01, 2016 Ari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
The challenge reading something like this is not having a stand-alone knowledge base to work off of that matches the scope that the book covers. That being said: I learned a lot.

I would love to see something like this written post-2016; the parallels seem too clear to ignore.
Matti Karjalainen
Jul 26, 2011 Matti Karjalainen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matti by: Mojo Magazine
Peter Doggettin erinomainen "There's a Riot Going On" käsittelee vuosien 1966-1972 vallankumouksellista ilmapiiriä, yhteiskunnallis-poliittisia ja kulttuurillisia aatesuuntauksia ja kaiken taustalla soivaa populaarimusiikkia.

Teoksessa käsitellään aihetta laajasti: palstatilaa saavat niin mustien kansalaisoikeustaistelu, Vietnamin sotaa vastustanut liikehdintä kuin feministien ja homoseksuaalien käymä kamppailu omien oikeuksiensa puolesta. Vähän yli viidensadan sivun aikana lukijalle tulevat tutu
The author came of age in the early 1970s, during the beginning of the perceived decline of the hippie subculture which I guess kinda informs his perspective in many ways. In a way, the book does almost as much to de-romanticize that era as Hunter Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice". Many of the people involved in the countercultural movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s come across as either incredibly naïve, downright hypocritical or just givi ...more
Feb 11, 2009 Vince rated it it was ok
I'll give the author credit for trying to wrap together so many different concepts and actions that could loosely be labeled "youth rebellion" and try to create a coherent whole. That being said he misses the mark wildly. He bounces back and forth with no rhyme or reason and spends more time examining Prague, 1968 which really affected the left in the USA very little than he does paris 68 which did. Outside of rock music he touched very little on other US trends of the period, art, fashion etc. ...more
Oct 06, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
This is a compelling and detailed history of politics and music of the sixties and there relationship.

What I found limited was its over all emphasis on failure, as if "the revolution" should have been achieved - and sustained. I want to hear about how ongoing all those innovations have also been: the way it has changed many aspects of global culture indelibly How positive many of those changes have been.

To use an analogy: just because we brought the flowers and the songs to the wedding didn't
Michael D
Oct 02, 2014 Michael D rated it really liked it
Functional chronological roll-call of most of the revolutionary protest groups and their actions from 1965 to 1972 that is grim to read but interesting enough. Nixon's massive landslide election win in 72 is presented as the endgame - the moment 'the man' shafted the 60's spirit conclusively and rendered so-called revolutionary figures as Hoffman, Rubin et al meaningless.

Allen Ginsberg's quote sums up the author's view nicely it seems - "More and more, by hindsight, I think all of our activity i
Sum Doood
Aug 29, 2013 Sum Doood rated it it was amazing
Yes, five stars. Unputdownable, close to fascinating if this period of history interests you, and it should, or if you simply wonder why the revolutions didn't produce many, if any, of the good changes we still need. Astonishingly well written.
Philip Craggs
Jan 26, 2013 Philip Craggs rated it really liked it
Really interesting record of the 60s counter-culture which isn't afraid to be critical of major figures, whether members of the Black Panthers or John Lennon.
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Jul 16, 2009 Tracey Wilde rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This book assumes a level of knowledge about the subject that I just didn't have. Its very, very detailed and I soon lost track of who was who and what group they belonged to.
Mar 23, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
If you ever thought that '60s were a shagadelic fashion party, check this book. You may not like it.
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Peter Doggett has been writing about popular music, the entertainment industry and social and cultural history since 1980. A regular contributor to Mojo, Q and GQ, his books include The Art and Music of John Lennon, a volume detailing the creation of the Beatles’ Let It Be and Abbey Road albums; the pioneering study of the collision between rock and country music, Are You Ready for the Country? an ...more
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“I don’t really understand what politics are … I’m concerned with injustice … I’m not attuned to politics, I’m just attuned to people.’ He” 1 likes
“The exact identity of those oppressed souls was a matter of subjective opinion. Feminists sought the liberation of women from male dominance and aggression. African-Americans wanted an end to racism and, in many cases, the establishment of their own exclusive homeland. Students in Paris and New York fantasised about the overthrow of the restrictive educational system that, in their view, smothered free thought and expression. Committed Marxists required nothing less than the toppling of global capitalism, and thereafter an end to imperialism. Africans dreamed of the day when their colonial masters were banished from the continent. And across the world, all these forces were united in the campaign to end the Vietnam War, and exile America’s soldiers and ‘advisers’ from South-East Asia.” 0 likes
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