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Famous Long Ago

Mungo, Raymond

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ISBN 10: 0807061832 / ISBN 13: 9780807061831
Published by Beacon, Boston, 1970
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SUBTITLED : ` My Life and Hard Times with Liberation News Service '. The author of these 202 pages was bright enough to earn a grad school fellowship to Harvard. Instead he hooked up with Marshall Bloom and started an alternative `news service'. It was during the time of LBJ and the protests of the war in Vietnam. Racial unrest on the West Coast made newspaper front pages. In heady times, all things left-wing seemed probable - or only possible ?? Illustrated by b/w photographs at the outset - mostly of the cast of characters: Michele Clark, Verandah Porche, Peter Simon and Bala-Bala, etc. LEARN more about : YIP, freaks, muggers, Vilgar Marxists, ped-xer, police-per-person ratio and East Village Other. Cond : Paper wrapper is white with a b/w photo cover. The author and a female companion pose in a send-up of an iconic farmer & wife painting. Worn at all edges, rubbed and lightly soiled. Binding tight. P/O bookplate verso front cover. No tears, no marks in textblock. Nostalgic and collectible look-back at the late Sixties protest movement - as seen from Boston and . Quote (p. 58) : " So it went in January. There was always too much work to do and we worked all the time with a growing seriousness as the presidential elections approached, the Black Panthers emerged in California, Eugene McCarthy began cutting into our constituency (LNS disavowed his ._._._.) . .". Bookseller Inventory # 007247

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Title: Famous Long Ago

Publisher: Beacon, Boston

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 3'rd Printing

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Originally published in 1970, Raymond Mungo's picaresque account of his adventures with Liberation News Service in the wild years of 1967 and 1968 has been variously described as youthful, passionate, lyrical, demented, and an iconic symbol of the sixties counterculture. A review in The Nation described it as "hip Huck Finn."

A college editor at the height of the Vietnam War, Mungo found himself smack in the middle of a mad swirl of activism and dissent, vigorously protesting every-thing from the draft to abortion laws to the university itself. Then he connected with Marshall Bloom to cofound LNS in Washington, D.C., as a news service catering to the burgeoning underground press. One thing led to another, until LNS, like so many other radical organizations, eventually disintegrated into violently warring factions. Mungo's memoir tracks its development and destruction with wicked humor and literary panache.

In an introduction to this new edition, John McMillian discusses the enduring appeal of Famous Long Ago and situates it within its broader historical context, while the author provides his own retrospective take in a new afterword.

About the Author:

Raymond Mungo is the author of fifteen books, including Total Loss Farm: A Year in the Life; Cosmic Profit: How to Make Money without Doing Time; and Confessions from Left Field.

John McMillian is assistant professor of history at Georgia State University and author of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America.

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