There's A Riot Going On
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'An extraordinary book.Doggett emerges triumphant. Grab a copy - By Any Means Necessary.' (5 stars)-Mojo
Between 1965 and 1972, political activists around the globe prepared to mount a revolution. While the Vietnam War raged, calls for black power grew louder and liberation movements erupted everywhere from Africa to Western Europe. Demonstrators took to the streets, fought gun battles with police, planted bombs in public buildings and attempted to overthrow the world's most powerful governments.
Rock and soul music fuelled the revolutionary movement with anthems and iconic imagery. Soon the musicians themselves, from John Lennon and Bob Dylan to James Brown and Fela Kuti, were being dragged into the fray. Some joined the protesters on the barricades; some were persecuted for their political activism; some abandoned the cause and were dismissed as counter-revolutionaries.
Peter Doggett is one of the UK's leading rock writers and journalists. He was editor of Record Collector magazine for fifteen years, and currently writes for Mojo and Q among others. His most recent book is Are You Ready for the Country? (Viking), an authoritative history of country rock. He has also written biographies of John Lennon and Lou Reed.
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