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This paperback edition of Goldberg’s highly acclaimed homage to 1967 includes a new afterword and twenty beautiful and evocative photographs.

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What people are saying…

“Antiwar radicals, recoiling from soullessness, challenged the church of technocratic rationality. Taking this challenge seriously, recovering the mood of an extended moment, requires beginning earlier and ending later than 1968. Cultural upheaval cannot be confined by the calendar. At least one contribution to the literature, the music industry executive Danny Goldberg’s In Search of the Lost Chord, treats 1967 as the defining moment when ‘the hippie idea’ still held transformational promise, and countercultural protest had not yet succumbed to police violence, undercover provocateurs, or media caricature—while 1968, in contrast, was a dark time of assassinations, riots, and the resurgence of the right.”
New York Review of Books

“Out now in paperback, In Search of the Lost Chord contains a good bit of reflection and nostalgia, not from the perspective of a participant in the events of 1967 but from a teenager observer in New York, feeling the vibes and watching as the world tilted on a different angle.”
Shepherd Express

Selected praise for the hardcover edition of In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea:

“A legendary steward of the hip musical world . . . Goldberg plunges into a thorough, panoramic account of the culture, politics, medias, music and mores of the year to demolish the idea that it was trivial . . . Goldberg’s deep purchase on his subject and his storytelling ease make it fresh.”
New York Times Book Review

“[Goldberg’s] newest book, In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea, explores and fuses together the musical, political and spiritual revolutions of the time into a narrative about a moment when ‘there was an instant sense of tribal intimacy one could have even with a stranger.'”
Rolling Stone

“Goldberg brings a personal passion that itself illustrates the lasting resonance of the hippie era.”
Publishers Weekly

“A reminiscence of the time that brought us Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love . . . [A] genial you-were-there memoir of a golden age.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Written with the acuity of someone who lived through the times he writes about, this is a thoughtful and wide-ranging exploration not just of one year in history but also of a culture and a way of thinking that continues to reverberate today.”
Booklist

“[Goldberg’s] analysis of what it meant to be a hippie in 1967—sans cartoon clichés—recounts the pursuit of wisdom and joy, as well as a crazy quilt of counterculture cool. And despite the demarcation insisted on by some, he shows that spirituality, activism and business are not incompatible.”
High Times

“[Goldberg] conducts a survey of the hippie universe of that particular moment, touching on the rival hippiedoms of San Francisco and New York, the philosophical avatars of LSD, the wisdom of Allen Ginsberg, the grandeur of the Grateful Dead and other exemplars of the ‘San Francisco Sound,’ the New Left radicals and Black Power militants (as seen from a hippie standpoint), and the underground press.”
Tablet Magazine

“Danny Goldberg is a relentless tracker of people. However elusive this Lost Chord may be, Danny G. searches it out and nails it to the tree flesh. Eternity now! 1967 forever!”
—Wavy Gravy


Description

This page is for the September 2018 paperback edition of In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea. For the June 2017 hardcover edition, click here.

In Search of the Lost Chord is a subjective history of 1967, the year Danny Goldberg graduated from high school. It is also a refreshing and new analysis of the era; by looking at not only the political causes, but also the spiritual, musical, and psychedelic movements, Goldberg provides a unique perspective on how and why the legacy of 1967 lives on today.

1967 was the year of the release of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and of debut albums from the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin, among many others. 1967 was also the year of the Summer of Love; the year that millions of now-illegal LSD tabs flooded America; Muhammad Ali was convicted of avoiding the draft; Martin Luther King Jr. publicly opposed the war in Vietnam; Stokely Carmichael championed Black Power; Israel won the Six-Day War; and Che Guevara was murdered. It was the year that hundreds of thousands of protesters vainly attempted to levitate the Pentagon. It was the year the word “hippie” peaked and died, and the Yippies were born.

Exhaustively researched and informed by interviews and conversations with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Tom Hayden, Cora Weiss, Grace Slick, and others, In Search of the Lost Chord is a mosaic of seminal moments in the psychedelic, spiritual, rock-and-roll, and political protest cultures of 1967.

This paperback edition includes a brand-new afterword by the author, along with twenty photographs by Peter Simon.

Read an interview with Danny Goldberg at Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Listen to an interview with Danny Goldberg on The Bob Lefsetz Podcast and on the KQ Morning Show (Minneapolis, MN).


Book Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Published: 9/4/18
  • IBSN: 9781617756689
  • e-IBSN: 9781617755743

Author

DANNY GOLDBERG is a longtime music business executive who began his career as a journalist. The New York Times called his memoir Bumping into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business “an engaging, droll and . . . largely demystifying look at the evolution of the rock trade from Woodstock to grunge.” Since 2007 Goldberg has been president of Gold Village Entertainment. He is also the author of Dispatches from the Culture Wars: How the Left Lost Teen Spirit. His latest is the paperback edition of In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea.

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