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In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea


Fifty years after 1967, Goldberg explores the continued relevance of political and cultural movements from that pivotal year in history.

Forthcoming: 6/6/17

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What people are saying…

“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

“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

“Danny Goldberg’s deeply personal and political history of 1967 and the hippie idea weaves together rollicking, rousing, wonderfully colorful and disparate narratives to remind us how the energies and aspirations of the counterculture were intertwined with protest and reform. There is a direct line from many of the events, movements, and people of 1967 to our times. Goldberg draws the line for us with mesmerizing storytelling, characters, and conversations.”
—Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation

“Danny Goldberg has written a lively, well-researched, kaleidoscopic account—at once openhearted and levelheaded—of a spiritual, pharmacological, political, and musical supernova whose reverberations are still strongly felt a half-century later.”
—Hendrik Hertzberg

“Danny Goldberg is probably one of the purest, most reasonable guides you could ask for to 1967.”
—Andrew Loog Oldham, author of Rolling Stoned

“Hippie 101—a kaleidoscopic snapshot of the Big Bang fifty years ago, three parts social and musical history, one part personal memoir, a sweeping overview that also manages to be up close and personal. Bravo.”
—Joel Selvin, author of Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day

“Danny Goldberg has done something I would not have thought possible: with diligent research, sharp prose, a clear mind, and an open heart, he has rescued a period of history from the clichés that had previously defined it. I began this book thinking hippies ridiculous. I ended it with a far more complex view, and one that showed me how little I had known or understood—a truly impressive achievement.”
—Eric Alterman, author of The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama

“This extraordinary book transports us back to a ‘moment’ when, as Goldberg writes, the phrase ‘”peace and love” was not meant or taken ironically.’ Beginning at sixteen, Goldberg was a participant in the rise and cresting of the hippie movement, the hippie ideal, which has been trivialized and disparaged in later decades. He cuts through the obfuscation and recreates the sense of magic, wonder, intimacy, and community that was in the air and you could breathe it in. If you want to know, or remember, what it was like to be alive and part of that historic wave, I can think of no better guide than In Search of the Lost Chord.”
—Sara Davidson, author of Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties

“In a time of the harshest dissonance, Danny Goldberg’s In Search of the Lost Chord arrives like soma from a heaven that is still up there if you look hard enough. One the great gambits of the rightist culture has been to paint the 1960s, and the hippie movement in particular, as some stammering, slothful stoner movie. As an eyewitness, I can testify it was much, much more. Danny Goldberg’s highly informative missive from that long, strange trip not only reminds veterans of the glorious possibilities of the age but also serves as an excellent primer to onward generations.”
—Mark Jacobson, author of The Lampshade

Praise for How the Left Lost Teen Spirit:

“Years from now, if the Democrats have long faded from American memory, anthropologists and historians will ask, Didn’t any of them read this book by Danny Goldberg?
—Michael Moore

“Danny Goldberg’s memoir contains the powerful reflections of the most progressive activist in the recording industry. His candor, vision, and sense of humor are infectious.”
—Cornel West

Praise for Bumping into Geniuses:
“Goldberg believes in the transcendental power and beauty of rock and roll and at the same time has a unique perspective on the business which has presented and preserved it.” —Patti Smith


Danny Goldberg’s new book is a subjective history of 1967, the year he graduated from high school. It is, he writes in the introduction, “an attempt at trying to remember the culture that mesmerized me, to visit the places and conversations I was not cool enough to have been a part of.” 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’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and of debut albums from the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, among many others.

In addition to the thriving music scene, 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 with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Tom Hayden, Cora Weiss, and Gil Scott-Heron (one of many of Goldberg’s high school classmates who entered the culture), 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.

Read an excerpt from In Search of the Lost Chord at the Nation.

Listen to an interview with Danny Goldberg on The Zero Hour with Richard Eskow.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Published: 6/6/17
  • IBSN: 9781617756153
  • e-IBSN: 9781617755743


Danny Goldberg is the author of How the Left Lost Teen Spirit and Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. Since 2007 he has been president of Gold Village Entertainment, whose clients include Steve Earle and Against Me. Previously, Goldberg was president of Gold Mountain Entertainment (Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers), CEO of Air America Radio, chairman of Warner Bros. Records, president of Atlantic Records, and vice president of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records. In Search of the Lost Chord is his latest work.

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