The Sixties and Its Aftershocks
Alice Echols has never shied away from controversy. Long before it was fashionable, she wrote searing critiques of antiporn feminism. Her subsequent books about the 1960s are trenchant and provocative, and written with unflinching honesty. Now she maps an alternative history of contemporary American culture, taking on such subjects as hippies, gay/lesbian and women's liberation, disco and the racial politics of music, and artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell and Lenny Kravitz. Echols upends many of our bedrock assumptions about American culture since the 1950s, challenging in particular the notions that the '60s represented a total rupture with the past and that the '70s marked the end of meaningful change.
Much more than a rehashing of old work, Shaky Ground blends the familiar with the little known, injects some wry bits of personal and intellectual autobiography, and through the judicious selection and positioning of essays, delivers a work that is more than the sum of its parts.
This collection is compelling when Echols mines unusual spaces--the hidden compartments of sexual ambiguity, the sweaty floors of disco-theques--to trace the far-reaching reverberations of post-'60s social movements.
Compelling... Echols mines unusual spaces--the hidden compartments of sexual ambiguity, the sweaty floors of discotheques--to trace the far-reaching reverberations of post-'60's social movements.
Alice Echols makes brilliant, fresh, original sense of the contradictory Sixties--the music, the politics, the people. No one has done more to place the era in context--its own and ours.
[Echols'] essays on social change... are tightly argued and well researched... Intriguing.
Myra marx Ferree
Part I: Postwar America and the 1960s: The Long, Strange Trip
1. Hope and Hype in Sixties Haight-Ashbury
2. The Ike Age: Rethinking the 1950s
Part II: Feminism, Sexual Freedom, and Identity Politics
3. "We Gotta Get Out of This Place'': Notes Toward a Remapping of the Sixties
Part III: Turn the Beat Around
4. "Nothing Distant About It'': Women's Liberation and Sixties Radicalism
5. The Dworkinization of Catharine MacKinnon
6. "Totally Ready to Go'': Shulamith Firestone and The Dialectic of Sex
The Taming of the Id: Feminist Sexual Politics, 1968--1983
8. Queer Like Us?
9. "Thousands of Men and a Few Hundred Women'': Janis Joplin, Sexual Ambiguity, and Bohemia
10. Gender Disobedience, Academia, and Popular Culture
11. "Shaky Ground'': Popular Music in the Disco Years
12. White Faces, Black Masks
13. The Refuge of the Lions' Den: An Interview with John Paul Hammond
14. "Play That Funky Music'': An Interview with Lenny Kravitz
15. "The Soul of a Martian'': A Conversation with Joni Mitchell