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Did It! From Yippie To Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary

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This overstuffed book is not only the first biography of the infamous and ubiquitous Jerry Rubin — co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War activist Chicago 8 defendant, social-networking pioneer, and a proponent of the Yuppie era — but an overstuffed chronicle of Rubin’s life (and ours) through those tumultuous times, including correspondence with Abbie Hoffman, Norman Mailer, John & Yoko, Eldridge Cleaver, the Weathermen, countless candid photos, personal diaries, and lost newspaper clippings. Thomas interviewed more than 75 of Rubin’s friends, foes, and comrades including Chicago 8 defendants, participants in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Paul Krassner, Judy Gumbo, John Sinclair, Rennie Davis, and many others. It reveals Rubin’s and the Yippies’ historical yet bizarre personal interactions with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Timothy Leary, Charles Manson, Mick Jagger, and other iconic figures of the era, and explores the often-misunderstood relationship between Rubin and his partner-in-crime Hoffman, with new insights into their Yippie vs. Yuppie debates.

Pages:
272
Colors:
full color
Format:
Hardcover
Dimensions:
11" x 12"
ISBN-13:
978-1-60699-892-2
Year:
2017

Press Highlights:

"An eye-opener for those who remember the ’60s; for everyone else, a welcome introduction to that tumultuous time as illustrated through one of its most memorable personalities." — Kirkus Reviews

"Thomas’ tribute is as dynamic as its subject." — Booklist

"Did It! is not only an important historical document, it’s a deeply engaging and entertaining book." — PopMatters

"Did It! is a big, gorgeous book about Sixties/Seventies cultural revolutionary superstar, Jerry Rubin that finally accords him his place in American history." — Huffington Post

"In this beautifully designed coffee-table scrapbook, Thomas has stitched together one of the most exciting countercultural chronicles." — High Times

"This tome is a unique oral and visual history heavy enough to sink into your coffee table." — LA Times

"Creatively presented in an anecdotal scrapbook style combining text, posters, flyers, diaries, calendars, photographs, and assorted ephemera, the book draws from 75 original interviews with Rubin’s friends and foes to create an oral-history-style biography. Along the way, Thomas captures electrifying moments from the last half century of American history." — Publishers Weekly

"Pat Thomas’s biography on Yippie radical Jerry Rubin — the first ever, as it turns out, and a long-time comin’ — is nearly overwhelming in its overview of Rubin’s life, views, visions, comrades, and many achievements, much to the chagrin of “The Man." ... Thomas clearly went to great lengths to put together this remarkably readable and interesting book." — Red Dirt Report

Read an exclusive excerpt on Variety

Read Thomas' interview with Deborah Kalb

This overstuffed book is not only the first biography of the infamous and ubiquitous Jerry Rubin — co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War activist Chicago 8 defendant, social-networking pioneer, and a proponent of the Yuppie era — but an overstuffed chronicle of Rubin’s life (and ours) through those tumultuous times, including correspondence with Abbie Hoffman, Norman Mailer, John & Yoko, Eldridge Cleaver, the Weathermen, countless candid photos, personal diaries, and lost newspaper clippings. Thomas interviewed more than 75 of Rubin’s friends, foes, and comrades including Chicago 8 defendants, participants in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Paul Krassner, Judy Gumbo, John Sinclair, Rennie Davis, and many others. It reveals Rubin’s and the Yippies’ historical yet bizarre personal interactions with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Timothy Leary, Charles Manson, Mick Jagger, and other iconic figures of the era, and explores the often-misunderstood relationship between Rubin and his partner-in-crime Hoffman, with new insights into their Yippie vs. Yuppie debates.

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