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Number of Pages: 416
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Social History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Icon Books
Age Range: Adult
Author: James Riley
Language: English



About the Book



An intriguing, first-of-its-kind cultural history of the turn of the 1960s



Book Synopsis



'A history that makes perfect sense when the sky is falling down.' - The Sunday Times

Beneath the psychedelic utopianism of the sixties lay a dark seam of apocalyptic thinking that seemed to rupture into violence and despair by 1969.

Literary and cultural historian James Riley descends into this underworld and traces the historical and conspiratorial threads connecting art, film, poetry, politics, murder and revolt. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the Manson Family and Roman Polanski, ley-line hunters and Illuminati believers, Aldous Huxley, Joan Didion and the Beat poets, radical protest movements and occult groups all come together in Riley's gripping narrative.

Steeped in the hopes, dreams and anxieties of the late 1960s and early '70s, The Bad Trip tells the strange stories of some of the period's most compelling figures as they approached the end of an era and imagined new worlds ahead.



Review Quotes




'A fresh take on an altogether over-discussed, if rarely very carefully analysed, era. His chapter The Omega Men is particularly good at steering a path through cinema and publications that predicted a bleak future, or suggested how that might be averted.'--The Herald "The Herald"

'A meticulously researched look at how the hippies' rejection of rules opened the doors to drug abuse, occultism and some very dark deeds.'--Mark Radcliffe "Mark Radcliffe"

'Dense with conspiracies, chaos and apocalyptic death drives, The Bad Trip is a history that makes perfect sense when the sky is falling down.'--The Sunday Times "The Sunday Times"

'Essential reading for enthusiasts of 1960s transatlantic counter-culture, written with verve and brio. Riley is an expert tour guide'--Douglas Field "Douglas Field, senior lecturer in literature, University of Manchester"

'The Bad Trip is a good trip: an essay on the power of art in dark times. In our own dark times, half a century later, that's something worth reading.'--The Business Post "The Business Post"

'While the depth of knowledge is impressive ... it's the joining of the (micro) dots linking occult energies to these events which will keep 60s obsessives up at night'



About the Author



James Riley is a Fellow of English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge, focusing on modern and contemporary literature, popular film and 1960s culture. He co-edited The 1960s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2018). He also makes films and performs spoken word poetry.

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