A magisterial, kaleidoscopic, riveting history of Los Angeles in the Sixties Histories of the US Sixties invariably focus on New York City, but Los Angeles was an epicenter of that decade’s political and social earthquake. LA was a launchpad for Black Power–where Malcolm X and Angela Davis first came to prominence and the Watts uprising shook the nation–and home to the Chicano walkouts and Moratorium, as well as birthplace of “Asian America” as a political identity, base of the antiwar movement, and of course, center of California counterculture. Mike Davis and Jon Wiener provide the first comprehensive history of LA in the Sixties, drawing on extensive archival research, scores of interviews with principal figures of the 1960s movements, and personal histories.

Following on from Davis’s award-winning LA history, City of Quartz, and picking up where the celebrated California historian Kevin Starr … More

Born OTD in 1914, primary figure of the Beat Generation & a major postmodernist author whose influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature, William S. Burroughs. In 1943, while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg & Jack Kerouac, and out of their mutual influence grew the foundation of the Beat Generation, which was later a defining influence on the 1960s counterculture.

This surreal fable, set in America’s Old West, features a cast of notorious characters: The Crying Gun, who breaks into … More

Born OTD in 1964, American rapper and filmmaker who was a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch – AKA MCA. Yauch was a practicing Buddhist. He became an important voice in the Tibetan independence movement. He created the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to Tibetan independence and organized several benefit concerts to support the cause, including the Tibetan Freedom Concert.

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop … More

The story is set in 1790 in the countryside around the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is renowned for its ghosts & the haunting atmosphere that pervades the imaginations of its inhabitants & visitors. Some residents say this town was bewitched during the early days of the Dutch settlement. Other residents say an old Native American chief, the wizard of his tribe, held his powwows here before the country was discovered by Master Hendrick Hudson.

The most infamous spectre in the Hollow is the Headless Horseman, said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper … More

Pre-order the new Beastie Boys book here. Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “AD-ROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album’s messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique.

For more than twenty years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting influence on popular culture. With a style … More