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Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

November 29, 2018

Two Books Reflect on Hip Communities in late 1960s and early 1970s Vancouver

Ian Ridgway, Jim Brown, and Pat Ridgway, A Carpenter’s Tale: A Life (Elphinstone, B.C.: Deluxe Gypsy Books, 2017), 232 pages, large-format paperback, photographs, $30. Orders: patridge201@gmail.com.

Jean Walton, Mudflat Dreaming: Waterfront Battles in 1970s Vancouver and the Squatters Who Fought Them (Vancouver: New Star Books, 2018), 203 pages, soft cover, photographs, $24.

“There’s something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.”– Buffalo Springfield, For What It’s Worth, 1966

The generation that came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s adopted the anti-war protest song For What It’s Worth as an anthem of the counterculture. It spoke to something inside us that cried out for freedom from all the restrictions inherent in the established social order. Now come two new and very different books to refresh our memories of those heady, hedonistic, and often confrontational times past.

To read the full review: https://bcbooklook.com/2018/12/11/444-carpenters-mudflats-and-vagabonds/ .


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