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How the Left Lost Teen Spirit


Includes Goldberg’s groundbreaking book Dispatches from the Culture Wars, plus a new author introduction and additional chapters.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Danny Goldberg!

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What people are saying…

“Danny Goldberg’s new book is a stirring, brilliant, last-chance plea to Democrats that if they are unwilling to do their job—be a voice for working people, young people, women, the elderly, the poor, and people of color, (in other words from the MAJORITY of the country)—then their days as a Party are numbered. 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 searing insights should be required reading for anyone concerned with the state of democratic politics in this country.”
—Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

“. . . lively and intelligent . . . Goldberg reminds us once again how the battle for freedom of expression needs to be re-fought every day.”
—Eric Alterman

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

“If Lester Bangs and Maureen Dowd had a love child, he’d have written this book.”
—Arianna Hufflington


An RDV Books publication.

When did American government become the enemy of American pop culture?

Music insider and progressive activist Danny Goldberg has spent decades tuning in to the rhythms and voices that speak straight to the hearts and desires of America’s youth. In that time, one fact has become increasingly clear: Our venerable political leaders are too often tone deaf. In this startling, provocative book, Goldberg shows how today’s professional public servants have managed to achieve nothing less than the indefensible, wholesale alienation of an entire generation.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Published: 5/1/05
  • IBSN: 9780971920682
  • e-IBSN: 9781617750519


DANNY GOLDBERG is the author of the acclaimed books How the Left Lost Teen Spirit, Bumping into Geniuses, In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea (Akashic, 2017) and Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain. He began his career in 1969 with Billboard, for whom he reviewed the Woodstock Festival, and later wrote for Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy. He worked as a personal manager for Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers Band, and Sonic Youth, and was president of several major record companies. He currently runs Gold Village Entertainment, a management company whose clients include Steve Earle, Martha Wainwright, and the Waterboys. Goldberg is former chair of the ACLU of Southern California, serves on the board of Public Citizen, and frequently writes about politics and culture for the Nation. His latest work is Bloody Crossroads 2020: Art, Entertainment, and Resistance to Trump.

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