Takin' It To The Streets: A Sixties Reader

Editor: Alexander Bloom, Wini Breines

Publication date: 1994

Oxford University Press

The fourth edition of this book for published in 2020.

A collection of articles, essays and extracts from longer works that covers political, social and cultural aspects of the 1960's, with authors ranging from Richard Brautigan to Malcolm X to Richard Nixon.

Includes an article San Francisco Bray by Richard Goldstein which is about the San Francisco music scene in the late sixties and refers a number of times to the Grateful Dead. The article originally appeared in Village Voice.

This article is in the section of the book called "Eight Miles High": The Counterculture which also includes articles about Janis Joplin, the Diggers, hippies and the human be-in.

Publisher information about the 4th edition:

"The fourth edition of Takin' it to the streets revises the comprehensive collection of primary documents from the 1960s that has become the leading reader about the era. Adopted nationwide, this anthology brings together representative writings, many of which had been unavailable for years or had never been reprinted. Drawn from mainstream sources, little known sixties periodicals, pamphlets, public speeches, and personal voices, the selections range from the Port Huron Statement and the NOW Bill of Rights to speeches by Malcolm X, Richard Nixon, Robert Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, to private letters from civil rights workers and Vietnam soldiers. Introductions and headnotes by the editors highlight the importance of particular documents, relating them to each other and placing them within the broader context of the decade. The book focuses on civil rights, Black Power, the counterculture, the women's movement, anti war activity, gay and lesbian struggles, and the conservative current that ran counter to more typical sixties movements. These include both topics that fell outside the daily attention of the media and those that made front page news. Covering an extremely popular period of history, Takin' it to the streets remains the most accessible and authoritative reader of an extraordinary decade, one unlike any America had seen before or has experienced since"
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