Join James Riley as he presents his new book, The Bad Trip: Dark Omens, New Worlds and the End of the Sixties at this special event hosted by Heffers, Cambridge.
James will be discussing and reading from the book, there’ll be a Q+A as well as a signing session. Copies of the book will be on sale. Advance booking is recommended. For details and tickets, see:
The Bad Trip is a new cultural history of the late-1960s and early 1970s, that looks at the various ideas of catastrophe associated with 1969. Key points of focus include the Charles Manson murders and the Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway.
Published by Icon Books, The Bad Trip combines narrative with critical
analysis, to tell the strange story of the ‘end of the Sixties’. It also
unpacks and interrogates this motif via a larger reading of the anxieties
and tensions permeating the 1960s as a whole. As well as Manson, there’s a
large cast that includes Yoko Ono, Joan Didion, Peter Whitehead, Mia
Farrow, Kenneth Anger and others.
Icon timed the book’s release to coincide with the 50th anniversary of 1969. For more information see: https://iconbooks.com/ib-title/the-bad-trip/. Follow The Bad Trip on Twitter: @EndOfSixties.
‘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
‘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
‘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