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The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture

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In his 1967 megahit "San Francisco," Scott McKenzie sang of "people in motion" coming from all across the country to San Francisco, the white-hot center of rock music and anti-war protests. At the same time, another large group of young Americans was also in motion, less eagerly, heading for the jungles of Vietnam.
Now, in The Republic of Rock, Michael Kramer draws on new
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Hardcover, 292 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Josh
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: viet-war
Kramer argues that a symbiotic relationship existed between the counterculture in the United States and the U.S. military intervention in southeast Asia. The war in Vietnam became a metaphor suffusing various aspects of the counterculture—for example, concert venues were labeled "induction centers" because it was at those sites where youth were "inducted" into the counterculture. On the other hand, Kramer acknowledges that "the commodification of phenomena such as hippies . . . allowed the US mi ...more
Steve
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very interesting new study of the roll of rock in forging community and new paradigms of citizenship in San Francisco and Vietnam. Not your typical 1960s rock tome, this one has an academic/historical slant, coming at the music through the a fascinating variety of point-of-view. including hip capitalism and hip militarism. I knew nothing about the KMPX strike, the aborted Wild West Festival, Vietnam pirate "bullshit band" underground radio, the CBC band and the drive toward a "transnational" Woo ...more
Leslie
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music-culture
I picked up The Republic of Rock mainly because of my interest in the Vietnam War, but as it turned out, it offered new insights on my own, post-Vietnam War generation.

Kramer's thesis is that, during those years, rock music became the platform for a profound inquiry into the nature of American citizenship. Being both a product of the American Cold War military-industrial capitalist culture and a site of rebellion against it, rock posed contradictions that necessitated constant consideration. Kra
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Maxwell Octigan
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very interesting study of how rock music impacted society and the counterculture in San Francisco as well as Vietnam. Kramer dives deep into events and people that not many know about such as the KMPX strike and abortion of the Wild West Festival. The book is a bit repetitive and is written like a text book making for a long and sometimes boring read. Interesting a book about a very interesting time, but it didn’t blow me away.
Craig Werner
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sixties
Focusing on San Francisco in the late 60s and Vietnam in the late 60s and early 70s, Kramer builds an argument concerning the relationship of "hip capitalism" and "hip militarism" to the democratic aspirations of rock music (by which he mostly means psychedelic/acid rock). Attentive to the tensions and contradictions, he's sympathetic to the aspirations of many of the musicians and audiences, but presents a clear-eyed analysis of the way the scenes were implicated in the very systems they set th ...more
Pep Bonet
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: música, assaig
Certainly not easy reading, this is an academic book, with all the stuff this entails. Basically it's about hip, how hip music was incorporated in hip capitalism and hip militarism. It speaks of delusions of an era, the late 60s, when love and flowers would produce something different. It speaks about the capacity of capitalism to absorb everything, even counterculture. And it speaks of this wonderland upon Mekong which was the 'Nam. The author searches for similarities between Saigon and the Ha ...more
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