The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965–1975.
Offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings in San Francisco in the Sixties. The book explores the dynamic links between the Black Panthers 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.
Using dozens of original interviews, primary sources, and personal experiences, the author shows how the intense interplay of artistic and political movements put San Francisco, briefly, in the forefront of a worldwide revolutionary upsurge.
This is a must-read for any musician, historian, or person who “was there” (or longed to have been), inviting us to reinvigorate our historical sense-making of an era that assumes a mythic role in the contemporary American zeitgeist.