VOICES FROM THE LOVE GENERATION by Leonard Wolf

VOICES FROM THE LOVE GENERATION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

These voices are from the streets of Haight-Ashbury and while sometimes there's a discordant note, there's also a common chord: the proclamations, the philosophies, the attitudes all evolve out of an instinctual innocence the like of which has not been seen since the children of Hamlin skipped town. Mr. Wolf has gotten closer to the leaders of the movement than anyone so far; notably Peter Cohen and Peter Berg, Mime Troupe members who helped found the San Francisco Diggers with Cohen the diffident spokesman and Berg the intellectual revolutionary. Then there are the street children with life stories that would drive their parents to the bottle even if they haven't been there before. There is much talk about drugs and drug talk as the interviewees try to explain their wholly communion. But the real value here for people who are anxious to interpret and understand the phenomenon is in the author's perceptive introduction as he dissects the disillusionment and the search for self that has driven the young people into the mystical and often horrible by-ways of the Haight district; and why this generation is so different from the Beat boys and girls of yesteryear. Voices . . . well worth listening to.

Pub Date: May 22nd, 1968
Publisher: Little, Brown