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Nancy L. Cohen on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show!

Posted by >>>>> on February 17, 2012

Watch Nancy L. Cohen, author of Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution Is Polarizing America on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show.

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Washington Post Reviews Delirium

Posted by >>>>> on February 11, 2012

Washington Post Reviews Delirium

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Posted by >>>>> on February 9, 2012

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Posted by >>>>> on February 9, 2012

Touching: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire

Reading at Copperfield’s in Napa

February 11, 1-3 PM

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Posted by >>>>> on February 9, 2012

Touching: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire

Reading at Hippie Gypsy in Berkeley

February 10, 7  PM

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Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan

Posted by >>>>> on February 8, 2012

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In JUBILEE HITCHHIKER, acclaimed writer William Hjortsberg offers a nuanced and comprehensive portrait of his late friend, the poet a

nd writer Richard Brautigan.

When Richard Brautigan, the iconoclastic author of Trout Fishing in America; A Confederate General from Big Sur; and many other works, took his own life in September of 1984 his close friends and network of artists and writers were devastated though not entirely surprised. To many, Brautigan was shrouded in enigma, erratic and unpredictable in his habits and presentation. But his career was formidable, an inspiration to young writers like William Hjortsberg trying to get their start. Brautigan’s career wove its way through both the Beat-influenced San Francisco Renaissance in the 1950s and the “Flower Power” hippie movement of the 1960s, while he never claimed direct artistic involvement with either period.

JUBILEE HITCHHIKER also delves deeply into the spirited times in which Brautigan lived. As Hjortsberg guides us through his search to uncover Brautigan as a man the reader is pulled deeply into the writer’s world. Ultimately this is a work that seeks to connect the Brautigan known to his fans with the man who ended his life so abruptly in 1984 while revealing the close ties between his writing and the actual events of his life. Part history, part biography, and part memoir, JUBILEE HITCHHIKER etches the portrait of a man destroyed by his genius.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William Hjortsberg is the author of eight books, including Alp, Gray Matters, and Falling Angel, as well as the screenplays “Legend” and “Thunder & Lightning.” He lives in Montana with his wife, painter Janie Camp.

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Nancy L. Cohen on Uprising Radio

Posted by >>>>> on February 8, 2012

Watch Nancy L. Cohen discuss Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution Is Polarizing America on Uprising Radio.

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How The Pill forever changed American Politics

Posted by >>>>> on February 8, 2012

Read an excerpt of Nancy L. Cohen’s Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution Is Polarizing America.

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SAX MAN for the ROLLING STONES Pens New Autobiography!

Posted by >>>>> on February 2, 2012

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In EVERY NIGHT’S A SATURDAY NIGHT, BOBBY KEYS gives you a  backstage pass to the rock ’n’ roll life.

The saxophone player with The Rolling Stones for the last forty years, Bobby Keys has lived the rock ’n’ roll dream, with all of its highs and lows. Along with the Stones, Keys has played with John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Buddy Holly, Joe Cocker, Sheryl Crow, and many others. In EVERY NIGHT’S A SATURDAY NIGHT: THE ROCK ’N’ ROLL LIFE OF LEGENDARY SAX MAN BOBBY KEYS (Counterpoint Press, March 2012, Trade Cloth, Foreword by KEITH RICHARDS) he tells his remarkable story of working with, partying with, and sometimes even living with rock ’n’ roll royalty.

Born in Slaton, Texas, some 15 miles southeast of Lubbock, Keys bribed his way into Buddy Holly’s garage band rehearsals. He took up the saxophone because it was the only instrument left unclaimed in the school band, and he convinced his grandfather to sign his guardianship over to Crickets drummer J.I. Allison so that he could go on tour as a teenager.

Keys spent years on the road during the early days of rock ’n’roll with hitmakers like Bobby Vee and the various acts on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars Tour, followed by decades as a top touring and session sax man for the likes of John Lennon, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, and on to, most famously, his gig with The Rolling Stones beginning in 1970. EVERY NIGHT’S A SATURDAY NIGHT finds Keys setting down the many tales of an over-the-top rock ’n’roll life in his own inimitable voice.

Augmented by exclusive contributions with famous friends and fellow travelers like Keith Richards, Joe Cocker, and Jim Keltner, EVERY NIGHT’S A SATURDAY NIGHT paints a unique picture of the coming-of-age of rock ’n’ roll itself while celebrating how Keys’s raw talent and outsized personality have elevated him from sideman to rock ’n’ roll icon.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Bobby Keys has been an in-demand session and touring saxophone player since the 1950s. He has toured and recorded with the Rolling Stones since 1970, and has played on record or onstage with Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly’s Crickets, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Warren Zevon, and Sheryl Crow, among countless others. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bill Ditenhafer is the former editor of Nashville Lifestyles magazine and has worked as a features writer, arts writer, critic and editor at weekly newspapers from Nashville, Tennessee to Warsaw, Poland. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two children.
WEB: BobbyKeys.net/

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DELIRIUM: HOW THE SEXUAL COUNTERREVOLUTION IS POLARIZING AMERICA

Posted by >>>>> on February 1, 2012

ImageIn DELIRIUM: HOW THE SEXUAL COUNTERREVOLUTION IS POLARIZING AMERICA by (Counterpoint Press, February 2012, Trade cloth), Nancy L. Cohen tells the story of a little-known shadow movement that has shaped the American political landscape. From the Age of Nixon to the Age of Obama, she shows, one of the prime forces fueling America’s political wars has been the reaction against the sexual revolution and the progressive movements which emerged from it. DELIRIUM charts the birth and the career of the sexual counterrevolution: how conflicts about sex, women’s rights and women’s roles, gay civil rights, and family values drove Americans into irreconcilable warring camps, polarized national politics, and shattered and remade our political parties. DELIRIUM presents a riveting and original account of how America’s politics came to be the way it is today.

Meticulously researched, DELIRIUM illustrates that our current political entrenchment is at its core not about the economy nor the deficit. It is instead deeply tied to the efforts of a highly organized and active political minority that has co-opted discourse and created a state of unprecedented dysfunction. DELIRIUM will become essential reading during the 2012 presidential election season, and
For anyone who wants to understand contemporary American politics.

In the book, Cohen reveals how:

*  The Republican party has been hijacked by a small group who believe that America’s problems are all connected to issues around sex;

*  The GOP Congress’s obstructionism can be traced to the sexual fundamentalists’ demands for orthodoxy on gays, abortion, sex and birth control;

*  Within the Democratic Party, the sexual counterrevolution has been a major source of paralysis and self-defeating division;

*  Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are the latest incarnation of the cynical bargain that the economic elite made many years ago with the sexual fundamentalists in the GOP base;

*  The Tea Party was little more than a rebranding campaign by the sexual fundamentalists of the Christian Right;

*  Barack Obama ignored the seductive political myths of the bipartisan sexual counterrevolution and the role this played in propelling him to victory.
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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nancy L. Cohen is a historian, author, and contributor to The Huffington Post. Her books include The Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865-1914. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles
Times, the Chicago Tribune, Business History Review, and elsewhere. Cohen received her PhD at Columbia University. She has taught history and American politics at Binghamton University, SUNY, and Cal State University Long Beach, and has held positions as a visiting scholar at UCLA and a senior policy analyst at LAANE. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two daughters and four stepchildren.

MORE PRAISE FOR DELIRIUM
“With abortion rights, birth control, and gay marriage still roiling American politics, it is obvious that the conservative reaction against the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s remains a
powerful force in our world today. Nancy L. Cohen, a lively writer and excellent historian, places our current situation in historical perspective, tracing how over the past forty years the sexual
counterrevolution has helped shape the political landscape. A fascinating and disturbing book.”

–Eric Foner, Columbia University

“In her critique of bipartisan extremism, historian Cohen expertly details its rise within the Democratic and Republican parties by mining seven presidential elections … Cohen uses quantitative evidence to claim, quite cogently, that the sexual counterrevolution has overplayed its hand and that “cultural progressivism is the new American way,” making this book an impressive contribution to the
political dialogue.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Nancy L. Cohen narrates the history and continued salience of the sexual backlash with the wisdom of a fine historian and the passion of a liberal activist. Delirium is an indispensable source for
understanding how profoundly the politics of the body has swayed the body politic.”

–Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a
Nation and professor of history, Georgetown University

“Nancy L. Cohen’s Delirium is a provocative and original examination of the politics of equality–those who believe in our basic rights, and those who do not. She deftly takes us through forty years of
history to explain why our country feels so divided, and, more importantly, how we can find our way back to rational political discourse. Anyone who cares about civil rights and the future of the
country needs to read this book.”

–Lisa Bloom, Legal Analyst and New York Times bestselling author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Delirium
Subtitle: How the Sexual Counterrevolution Is Polarizing America
Author: Nancy L. Cohen
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 978-1-58243-801-6
Format: Trade cloth, 6 x 9, 356 pages
Pub date: February 2012
US Price: $27.00
Canada Price: $29.50
Category: Current Affairs & Politics

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