If you’ve been following the Blog, you will know this was not planned, but as if to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Monterey, my new book, Autumn of Love: How the Swinging Sixties & the Counterculture came to Portsmouth arrived late, yesterday, and so is officially published today. It will find its way into a few shops and other sales locations at £9.95 and I’ll let you know about those, but if you want a copy and can make it to the FREE ‘Summer of Love’ event at Portsmouth Guildhall on Tuesday (see first Comment for details) it’ll only cost you a fiver – with all profits from sales going to the Guildhall Trust to support young musicians and the PME Exhibition.
Press Release Synopsis
Autumn of Love tells the familiar story of the ‘swinging sixties’, 1967’s ‘Summer of Love’ and the counterculture, but with an unusual focus on provincial Portsmouth, arguing that contrary to popular belief, ‘everything’ was not happening simply in the major cities of the UK and USA. Here’s another version, from beatniks, to mods and hippies and beyond – including the legacy of those days and their impact on us, now.
(Warning for the squeamish – the book does contain passages of what Mr G might describe as “silly nonsense time”.)