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Love and Riot: Oscar Zeta Acosta and the Great Chicano Revolt
by Burton Moore
Brown Buffalo, as he was known in the barrios of Los Angeles among street people, at the height of the riots in in the late 1960's and 70's, was the epitome of the Movimiento. He was smart, rebellious, unpredictable, occasionally high on drugs, but terrifyingly honest to himself and the world. This is the story of the rage and fury that swept LA during the gestation of the ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 29th 2003 by Floricanto Press
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I came across this book while researching the Chicano movement in LA (and Ruben Salazar and Oscar Zeta Acosta). For anyone interested in that moment in history, I would say this book is a must-read. But I would add a caveat: read Acosta's novel, "Revolt of the Cockroach People," first. It took me a while to realize how autobiographical that novel is; this particular book, "Love & Riot," puts much of what happens in the novel into a larger context. It works well as a companion and as a footno ...more