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West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California


Manufacturer: PM Press

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"The pulse of radical energies code-named 'the sixties' inspired thousands to reject their assigned roles in the American century, taking their refusal into the streets or back to the land, and seeking to build another world. Either way, in city or country, the projects were communal. Focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area and hinterlands, with a deep history and rich legacy of cooperative schemes, West of Eden uses interviews and historical research to present vivid portraits of the rural communes of Mendocino and Sonoma, the Black Panther households in Oakland, the Diggers of Haight-Ashbury, the Native American occupation of Alcatraz, and the hippies' love affair with the Bucky dome. West of Eden is a utopian potlatch to the coming generation who will find here, in the rubble of the twentieth century, a past they can use—indeed one they will need—in the passage from the privations of commodity capitalism to an ample life in common."

Edited by Iain Boal, Janferie Stone, Michael Watts, and Cal Winslow. PM Press, 2012.

Product Code: 9781604864274

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