San Fran '60s: San Francisco and the Birth of the Hippies
San Francisco in the Sixties, the Summer of Love, the birth of the hippies, experience it for yourself in San Fran 60s, a collection of autobiographical short stories. This is the first time a participant has used the devices of literary fiction to put you there, living it. LSD and free love, Haight-Ashbury and the Hell’s Angels, the Hip and the Straight, it’s all here. More
San Francisco in the Sixties, the Summer of Love, the birth of the hippies, experience it for yourself in San Fran 60s, a collection of autobiographical short stories. This is the first time a participant has used the devices of literary fiction to put you there, living it.
Here are just some of the recent responses to San Fran ‘60s:
“It's fun, with a quirky style… There's plenty of colour evoked and the language has a brisk and bold rhythm. There's an authenticity, an authority…” Simon Warner, PhD, author of Text, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll, published by Bloomsbury, and Lecturer, Popular Music Studies, University of Leeds, UnitedKingdom
“In San Fran ‘60s, Mark Jacobs brings the counter-culture of San Francisco in the 1960s to life through a sharply drawn collection of stories, which are frequently disturbing and surprising. Jacobs creates a montage of images and moments that capture the beat, sound and smell of the streets. Many of his characters are in search of truth or love—or at least release from the world around them--whether it’s dodging the draft, coping with drug addiction, treading the fine line between madness and mysticism, or finding the last barber on Haight Street. This is an engaging half-forgotten world of couch nomads, hipsters and the dispossessed in search of something that they themselves can’t articulate … I really loved this collection.” Douglas Field, PhD, lecturer in 20th Century American Literature at Manchester University, United Kingdom and a regular contributor to the London Times Literary Supplement. He is the editor of American Cold War Culture (2005) and the author of James Baldwin (2011)
“It is a very good portrait of a period.” Richard Olafson, editor of Pacific Rim Review
“It's entertaining to read. It condenses a complex reality into a fictional landscape that captures some of the rosy and bitter flavors of a time that continues to be mythologized.” Nadya Zimmerman, author of Counterculture Kaleidoscope: Musical and Cultural
Perspectives on Late Sixties San Francisco,teaches at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle
“This book does an unbelievably good job of capturing the feel of the 60s. The pace is perfect. The rhythm is perfect… And some of the images are searing - they stick with you for days after you read them.” Phil Kain, Phd, author of Nietzsche and the Horror of Existence, Professor of Philosophy, Santa Clara University
“I... found it very readable. It certainly brings back the era with an inside look. I think it could find readers in Germany.” Juergen Ploog, “Germany's last beatnik poet,“ novelist, author of Facts of Fiction. Essays on Contemporary Literature.
“Captures a particular time and place and youth very well.” Jennie Skerl, retired Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at West Chester University, author of William S. Burroughs (Twayne, 1985) and Reconstructing the Beats (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). She is a founding board member and former President of the Beat Studies Association (USA).
And it all really happened. The stories are based on the experiences and voluminous journals of author M.W. Jacobs. He has lived in San Francisco and environs since 1965 and presents himself, friends, and acquaintances as prime specimens. He wrote for the underground press in the Sixties, published regularly in the mainstream press in the Seventies, and had a book published by Doubleday on American cartoonists in the Eighties. Jumping Up and Down on the Roof, Throwing Bags of Water on People is still available on Amazon. He is now a retired English teacher living half of the year in Oaxaca, Mexico.