In 1969, man landed on the moon; the “Miracle Mets” captivated sports fans; students took over college campuses and demonstrators battled police; America witnessed the Woodstock music festival; Hollywood produced Easy Rider; Kurt Vonnegut published Slaughterhouse-Five; punk music was born; and there was murder at Altamont Speedway. Compelling, timely, and a blast to read, 1969 chronicles the year in culture and society, sports, music, film, politics, and technology. This rich, comprehensive history is perfect for those who survived 1969 or for those who simply want to feel as though they did.
Rob Kirkpatrick is a senior editor with Thomas Dunne Books at St. Martins Press. He is the author of 1969, The Quotable Sixties, Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators, and Magic in the Night: The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen. He lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
"The year, and a book, that defined an era
The subtitle of his new book, 1969: The Year Everything Changed, may sound hyperbolic, but Kirkpatrick makes a good case that it was a year of landmark achievements, cataclysmic episodes and generation-defining events.'"-USA Today