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Summer On Fire

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The temperature is scorching in Detroit during the summer of 1967 and so is everything happening in this fictionalized memoir by a staff member of the long-running Fifth Estate magazine.

The characters are thrust into tumultuous episodes of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, anti-war demonstrations, fighting fascists, rock and roll at the Grande Ballroom, drugs, anarchism, the Whi
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Paperback, First, 262 pages
Published March 12th 2021 by Black & Red Books
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Bob Calverley
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Peter Werbe’s book, Summer on Fire, is a Detroit novel, a Detroit history and absolutely compelling reading from start to finish.

It is unconventional fiction. When was the last time you read a novel with footnotes? A lot of footnotes, which thankfully don’t clutter up the story and instead can be found on Werbe’s website. https://www.peterwerbe.org My printer gobbled 13 sheets when I printed them out.

The novel also has a soundtrack. Eighty songs and musical artists get a mention in the story a
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May 24, 2021 rated it liked it
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Summer on Fire

In 1967, it was the Summer of Love in San Francisco. In Detroit, it was a Summer on Fire.
Review by Sunfrog (Andy "Sunfrog" Smith)

Fifth Estate # 409, Summer, 2021


Summer on Fire: A Detroit Novel by Peter Werbe. Published by Black & Red 2021

Summer on Fire, a debut novel from long time Fifth Estate staff member, Peter Werbe, takes place during seven weeks in 1967, the year I was born, during the months I lived in my radical mama’s belly. So, I definitely need the narrator’s front seat
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Pat Jankowski
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating account of the tempestuous summer of the 1967 Detroit riots. The book brings back memories of my young teen years living in a western suburb of Detroit during the Vietnam war. Interesting characters that speak in the language of the time and who take you with them on their rocky journey.
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Peter Werbe is a long-time figure in alternative and commercial media in Detroit, and a political activist.. He is a member of the editorial board of the Fifth Estate magazine.



His professional career was as a DJ on Detroit's major rock stations, WABX, WWWW. WRIF, and WCSX. He hosted Nightcall, WRIF's phone-in talk show, that was the longest running such program in U.S. radio history, 1970-2016.



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