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The Battle of the Beanfield - Edited by Andy Worthington

The Battle of the Beanfield - Edited by Andy Worthington (ISBN 0 9523316 6 7)

On June 1st 1985, a convoy of new travellers, peace protestors, green activists and festival-goers set off from Savernake Forest in Wiltshire to establish the 12th annual free festival at Stonehenge. There were around 450 people in total, and they included a number of women and children.

They never reached their destination.

Eight miles from the Stones they were ambushed, assaulted and arrested with unprecedented brutality by a quasi-military police force of over 1,300 officers drawn from six counties and the MoD.

That event has gone down in history as ‘The Battle of the Beanfield’. This book is the combined effort of a large number of people who feel passionately that only through reaching an understanding of what actually occurred before, during and after ‘The Battle of the Beanfield’ can a proper ‘closure’ take place for those involved and the many people who have been in some way touched by it.

The 14 chapters feature extracts from the police radio log and in-depth interviews with a range of people who were there on the day — including travellers Phil Shakesby and Maureen Stone, journalists Nick Davies and Kim Sabido, the Earl of Cardigan and Deputy Chief Constable Ian Readhead — as well as Lord Gifford QC, who represented 24 of the travellers at the Beanfield trial in 1991. These accounts cut through the myths, misconceptions and propaganda that have built up around ‘The Battle of the Beanfield’ to present a detailed picture of what actually did happen.

The Beats: From Kerouac to Kesey, an Illustrated Journey Through the Beat Generation

The Beats: From Kerouac to Kesey, an Illustrated Journey Through the Beat Generation - Mike Evans
(ISBN 13: 9780762430482)

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the seminal masterpiece of the Beat Generation, a visual record of the era features more than two hundred rare illustrations that chronicle the evolution of the Beat Generation from its underground origins to its worldwide acclaim in the works of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Cassady, and others.

Beneath the Diamond Sky: Haight Ashbury

Beneath the Diamond Sky: Haight Ashbury -
Barney Hoskyns (ISBN:9780762826643)

The story of Haight Ashbury in the years 1965-1970, the period "The Haight" emerged as the Mecca of the countercultural scene.

The book begins with a cultural and visual history of this eight-block-wide area during the Beat period, which created the aesthetic for the psychedelic era that followed.

It ends with the defining moment of the Altamont Festival.

Between these signal events, Hoskyns celebrates and analyzes the place and the people that became the catalyst for the greatest social revolution of the 20th century.

Bomb Culture - Jeff Nuttall

Bomb Culture - Jeff Nuttall (ISBN-13 : 978-0586080016)

Jeff Nuttall's Bomb Culture has achieved legendary status as a powerful, informative, and spirited exploration of 1960s alternative society and counterculture. Nuttall's confessional account of the period investigates the sources of its radical art, music, and protest movements as well as the beliefs, anxieties, and conceits of its key agitators, including his own. Nuttall argued that a tangible psychic dread of nuclear holocaust pervaded both high and low cultures, determining their attitude and content, much as the horrors of World War I had nourished the tactics and aesthetics of Dadaism.

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
(ISBN-13 : 978-0060850524)

Aldous Huxley's tour de force, Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future—where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying entertainment.

Busted: The inside story of the UK's biggest ever drugs bust

Busted: The inside story of the UK's biggest ever drugs bust - Martyn Pritchard
(ISBN-13 : 978-1912624058)

Drug squad detective Martyn Pritchard reveals the inside story of living undercover as a drug-dealing hippy for more than 5 years during the 1970s.

Martyn and Eddie Laxton, the journalist chasing the big story, found themselves at the centre of Operation Julie, and together became entrenched in the biggest drugs scandal Britain has ever known.

This is a truly unique real crime story revealing the secrets, perils and rigours of living and working undercover in the 70s drugs scene, the massive LSD drugs bust, the launch of the Reading Music Festival and the capture of Howard 'Mr Nice' Marks.

Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless: Volume 1 - Johnny Rogan

Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless: Volume 1 - Johnny Rogan
(ISBN-13 : 978-0952954088)

Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless: Volume 1 The most ambitious rock biography ever written, Rogan's epic study of the Byrds is the product of over 35 years work. It tells the complete story of the group, looking at every aspect of the Byrds' tragic lives, music and continuing importance. Full of dramatic intrigue, this saga includes a cast of thousands which includes David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons and many more.

Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless: Volume 2

Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless: Volume 2: The Lives of Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, Kevin Kelley, Gram Parsons, Clarence White and Skip Battin - Johnny Rogan
(ISBN-13 : 978-9529540952)

One of the most ambitious and expansive rock biographies ever written, Requiem For The Timeless, Volume 2 continues this epic study of the Byrds. Rogan s previous Byrds book was highly acclaimed

The second volume focuses on the solo careers of the deceased members of the band, including co-founder and songwriter Gene Clark, cult figure Gram Parsons and the acclaimed guitarist Clarence White.

Taken as a whole, these obituaries confirm that the Byrds were not simply a legendary group but something closer to a movement that defined LA rock. Their individual lives are a moving and salutary tale of the rise and fall of a generation s hopes and dreams.