- AS the golden anniversary of the "Summer of Love" blooms before us, Broken Arrow artist MAT CALLAHAN illuminates an engrossing history to this cultural phenomenon and its origins, in his new book The Explosion of Deferred Dreams - Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965 - 1975 (PM Press).
The book provides a fascinating and educational reexamination of a period which shaped San Francisco’s global reputation over the subsequent fifty years, exploring dynamic music and political links between the Black Panther Party and Sly and the Family Stone, the United Farm Workers and Santana, the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the New Left and the Counterculture. Callahan reframes the political and social contexts for the San Francisco Sound, and the vibrant subcultural uprisings with which it is associated.
A must-read for anyone who "was there", or longed to have been! Explosion invites us to rethink an era that assumes a mythical role in contemporary American culture. Callahan will be doing a promotional tour for the book in Spring, 2017, and be sure to check out his wonderful album
A Wild Bouquet featuring Les Claypool (Primus), Brain (Tom Waits) and Joe Gore (PJ Harvey).
"In this landmark work, Mat Callahan painstakingly braids disparate threads of the rich tapestry of San Francisco - music, politics, race, culture. In this vast, panoramic portrait, Callahan digs out social/political undercurrents that have never been more thoroughly explored."
- Joel Selvin, longtime chief music critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, and
author of Summer of Love: The Inside Story of LSD, Rock & Roll, Free Love and High Times in the Wild West;
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