San Francisco Books




The Theatre Is In The Street*The Theater Is in the Street: Politics and Performance in Sixties America 5 stars
This book examines the SNCC Freedom Singers, The Living Theatre, the Diggers, the Art Workers Coalition and the Guerrilla Art Action Group. These 1960s arts and cultural groups staged performances in public spaces, as art, theater, and politics converged and assumed a new visibility in everyday life. The book explains why these groups embraced public performance as a vehicle to express and advance their politics.


The Sixties Robert AltmanThe Sixties: Photographs by Robert Altman
Sensational Book of photos from the Daze!!!
(Sept. 1, 2007)5 stars
Robert Altman is a photographer who studied with Ansel Adams and is best known as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine.
 A leader in embracing digital photography, his recent work appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, The New York Times, People, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Francisco Examiner. Ben Fong-Torres worked as a writer and senior editor at Rolling Stone in the 1960s and as a rock deejay for San Francisco radio station KSAN-FM in the 1970s. He is the author of The Doors by the Doors, Hickory WindThe Hits Just Keep on Coming, and The Rice Room
They both live in San Francisco.

Fillmore EastLive at the Fillmore East: A Photographic Memoir
5 stars
more than 200 black-and white photographs as well as interviews with Bob Dylan, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Tina Turner, Pete Townshend, Carlos Santana, Elton John, and many others.  

Goota Have 'EmGotta Have 'Em
by R. Crumb , Arne Svenson, Grace Yu Ying Smith, Penn, Teller.
For the first time ever, his drawings of women are collected in one brilliantly offensive yet hilariously poignant volume, in chronological order, spanning the 38 years since his pen-and-ink beginnings. 0967236681


Art of Modern Rock *Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion 5 stars
by Paul Grushkin (Foreword), Dennis King
Authoritative, eye-popping, and massive, this is the first and last word on contemporary concert posters, with more than 1,600 exemplary rock posters and flyers from more than 200 international studios and artists.
The first and last word on today's concert posters and promotional art, featuring over 1500 exemplary rock posters from over 200 international studios and artists. A massive 492 pages long, this is the long anticipated sequel to Art of Rock.

*Graphic Agitation: Social and Political Graphics Since the Sixtiesby Liz McQuiston 5 stars
Graphic Agitation explores the many ways in which graphic art and design have addressed social and political issues around the globe.300 color photographs reproducing posters, billboards, ads, T-shirts and graffiti mostly feature dissent and agitation on behalf of human rights, environmentalism, anti-war and anti-nuclear protest, feminism, sexual politics, gay rights, AIDS awareness, the struggle for racial equality, the end of apartheid and poverty and drug abuse and homelessness. 

Freehand: Stanley Mouse
Freehand: The Art of Stanley Mouse4 1/2 Stars
by Stanley Mouse, Mickey Hart, Roger Williams (Editor)
A retrospective of the work of Stanley Mouse with 125 full color plates. Coverage of his music related art, for posters and album covers and examples of his early "Monster Car" paintings and his Zig Zag Man. Also includes joint works with Alton Kelly and Rick Griffin and stories from Mouse, Mickey Hart and others.  Out of Print.

The San Francisco Oracle (Facsimile Edition 5 stars
"The most beautiful newspaper ever seen on the streets of this planet."- Abbie Hoffman full-color re-creation in book form of all 12 issues of the psychedelic newspaper published in Haight-Ashbury from 1966 to 1968 (red book)

Legendary Bay Area Poet Allen Cohen, founder of the 60's Oracle, The Human BE-IN, editor of the award winning anthology "An Eye For An Eye, Poets on 9/11"
Allen Cohen Poetry

Kesey's Jail Journal*Kesey's Jail Journal: by Ken Kesey, Ed McClanahan (Introduction) 4 1/2 Stars
In 1968, Merry Prankster Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) served six months in the San Mateo jail for possession of marijuana. Transferred to an experimental low-security "honor camp" in the redwood forest, he spent six months clearing brush and immersing himself in the life of the jail community, attempting to "bring light and color" to it. "This is crazier here than the nuthouse ever was," Kesey noted, and proceeded to record the scene in numerous notebooks, illustrated with intense and brilliantly colored artwork. His friends smuggled in art supplies and smuggled out his work. The result is a jail journal like no other.
The book's introduction wrote that it demonstrated "a dozen times on every page that everything [Kesey] touched turned into art." Those unfamiliar with Kesey's artwork are in for a revelation. (Kesey, Viking Press, 2003.) 0670876933

High Societies: Psychedelic Rock Posters from Haight-Ashbury
by Sally Tomlinson, Walter Patrick Medeiros, D. Scott Atkinson   Out of Print.

I Want To Take You Higher
I Want to Take You Higher: The Psychedelic Era 1965-1969 (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum) 4star
Charles Perry, other editors: James Henke, and Barry Miles ~ This is a wonderful books, 200 images, many never published before from the greatest rock photographers of the era: Jim Marshall, Baron Wolman, Robert Whitaker, Michael Cooper, Herb Greene, Bob Seidemann and others.

High Art
*High Art: A History of the Psychedelic Poster
by Ted Owen, Denise Dickson 4 1/2 Stars
"High Art" explores both the creation of psychedelia and the imagery born of the movement. 250 color illustrations.

* The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music
by Anthony Decurtis 4star

Magic of the SixtiesMagic of the Sixties by Gene Anthony
Relive one of the most magical times in history, a time that saw profound cultural and spiritual change throughout the world, but nowhere more than in the San Francisco Bay of the mid to late 1960's. Author and photographer Gene Anthony was there...
Anthony, who trained under well-known photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, documented the people, music, political events, and extraordinary culture of the sixties, especially in San Francisco. This volume contains startlingly vivid photos by Anthony--many of well known musicians, poets, and writers--and his text, which is part history, part memoir...Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Art of Rock
 * The Art of Rock Posters from Presley to Punk
by Paul D. Grushkin
A colorful riot of rock concert posters is reproduced in small format in this lavishly illustrated book that's perfect for fans of rock. Over 1,500 illustrations. 100 photos

Fillmore ArtThe Art of the Fillmore: The Poster Series 1966-1971
by Gayle Lemke, Jacaeber Kastor 4 star
This intoxicating book highlights for the first time in a single volume the original Bill Graham numbered and unnumbered series created especially for the San Francisco and New York concerts. Over 400 handdrawn poster with info about the talented artists who created them and the performers who share their early impressions of those daze. This is an awesome book!! Out of Print.


Robert Crumb* Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me: Robert Crumb Letters 1958-1977 by Robert Crumb
5 stars

*Book of Mr. Natural by R. Crumb
The stories of R. Crumb's most popular character, the white-bearded sage-cure-charlatan, Mr. Natural, are collected into one place with this volume. Covering his earlier, more whimsical appearances from the early '70s through his more controversial strips from the '90s (as seen in the Crumb documentary), it's all here.

*The R. Crumb Handbook Limited Edition by R.Crumb, Robert Crumb, Peter Poplaski 5 stars

Art, Politics, and Dissent*  Art, Politics and Dissent: Aspects of the Art Left in Sixties America by Frascina, Francis 5 stars
Art, politics, and dissent provides a counter history to conventional accounts of American art. Close historical examinations of particular events in Los Angeles and New York in the 1960s are interwoven with discussion of the location of these events, normally marginalised or overlooked, in the history of cultural politics in the United States during the postwar period. Out of Print.

* Earthworks: Art and the Landscape of the Sixties
By Boettger, Suzaan 5 stars
An enlightening social history of political graphics and a rich resource for artists, designers and activists. Examining the art, the artists, their dealers and proponents, Boettger interprets Earthworks as a manifestation both of artists' personal stories and of the late 1960s social and political tumult. This book merges art, social, and political history.

Jerry Garcia: The Collected ArtworkJerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork 5 stars
by Jerry Garcia (Author), Mickey Hart (Foreword), April Higashi (Editor), Bob Dylan (Preface)


San Francisco Oracle, Collectors  Edition* The San Francisco Oracle, Collectors Edition: the psychedelic newspaper of the Haight-Ashbury, 1966-1968 by Allen Cohen, Editor 5 stars
The fantastic graphics of the Oracle, many wrapped around pages or double spreads of text, were mostly printed in black and white, but many glowed in deep reds, fuchsias, blues, oranges and yellows produced in a printing process now extinct.   Rare and Out of Print.

* The San Francisco Oracle / The Psychedelic Newspaper of the Haight Ashbury (Digital Re-Creation) 5 stars
The S.F. Oracle, published straight outta Haight Ashbury from 1966 to 1968, was one of the most unique and beautiful publications of the '60s. It will be remembered for its extraordinary
graphic design (by major S.F. artists),
its groundbreaking printing techniques, and for capturing the cultural explorations that would define the 60's through articles, interviews and poetry. Now, all 12 issues are available again, on cd-rom, with restored brilliance! View every page exactly as they appeared back in the
day, then print 'em out and read it on the bus if you choose. And you're either on the bus or off the bus. Also included is
a 30 minute DVD interview with publisher Allen Cohen


*Festive Revolutions: The Politics of Popular Theater and
the San Francisco Mime Troupe
by Claudia Orenstein
The San Francisco Mime Troupe is a modern link in the long history of public performances that have a merry air but have a voice of political protest and social comment. Every summer since 1962 the Troupe has taken free outdoor performances to public parks in the Bay Area.

Hippie Drawings * Richard Prince: Hippie Drawings
by Richard Prince, Richard Brautigan


Not Fade Away
* Not Fade Away: The Rock & Roll Photography of Jim Marshall 5 stars
by Jim Marshall(Photographer), David Fahey(Editor), Michael Douglas
The world's premier music photographer takes us on an electrifying journey through rock history--from the early 1960s to the present. Not Fade Away collects the best of Jim Marshall's photography for the first time--and offers a visual history unprecedented in its intimacy, immediacy, and impact. The 124 duotone images include virtually every artist in the
rock pantheon, including the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters, the Allman Brothers, Jackson Brown, and more.
Out of Print.

Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions*  Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions
by Victor Moscoso
This book is Moscoso's first major career spanning retrospective, from his posters in the 60's advertising the Avalon Ballroom and the Matrix, his work in Zap Comix, album covers, illustrations and previously unpublished artwork.

* Rock Posters of Jim Phillips 5 stars
This retrospective brings insight into hundreds of stunning rock posters by Jim Phillips made over 40 years, from 1965 to 2005, and counting. Phillips tells his life story and how the posters record an evolution of Rock Age music. Containing iconic images that advertise concerts featuring both emerging and established musicians, this collection will delight and astound you. Jim’s original, ground-breaking computer painted posters, along with his old-world style techniques are a real wonder sure to bring a smile.

Art of Rick Griffin
* The Art of Rick Griffin 5 stars
Rick Griffin, Gordon McClelland



The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool * The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool: A Celebration of the Grooviest People, Events, and Artifacts of the 1960sT
5 stars by Chris Strodder, Michelle Phillips(Foreword)
this encyclopedia profiles the 250 most interesting personalities who significantly changed popular culture, including musicians, actors, directors, artists, athletes, politicians, writers, and astronauts.

* Off the Wall: Psychedelic Rock Posters from San Francisco by Amelie Gastaut, Jean-Pierre Criqui



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