Pat Thomas to Hold Book Signings in Portland and Seattle for his New Work, Did It! From Yippie To Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary

World-renowned cultural historian, author and longtime friend of East Portland Blog, Pat Thomas, will soon be coming to Portland and Seattle to celebrate the release of his new book, Did It! From Yippie To Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary.

Did It has received many excellent reviews and write-ups, including this article in one of the last print editions of the Village Voice.

Thomas’ previous book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 likewise received enthusiastic reviews along with widespread acceptance and success. (CD Preview)

Here are Thomas’ Northwest appearances:

Thursday October 19th 7:00 pm

Mother Foucault’s 740 SE Morrison St, Portland

Friday October 20th 7:00 pm

Elliott Bay Books 1521 10th Ave, Seattle

Fantagraphics, the publisher of Did It, describes the work in this way:

“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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