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Carbondale After Dark And Other Stories: Expanded Edition

Carbondale After Dark And Other Stories: Expanded Edition

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From panty raids to riots, "Carbondale After Dark" is a profusely illustrated anthology of history, essays and short stories that chronicles how a sleepy little college town in the Midwest became a hippie haven and radical outpost during the 1960s and '70s. Some call that Carbondale's golden age, while others say it was the city's hippie phase. Either way, it left a mark on the town and those who went through those tumultuous times, and it remains a period of interest to those who came after.

First published in 1982, the book has become a touchstone for those who were there, and a revelation for those who were not. Author H.B. Koplowitz provides a blow-by-blow account of the political and cultural upheavals that led to the May 1970 riots in Carbondale, and how protests evolved into street parties and a massive Halloween celebration.

The first third of the book focuses on the notorious downtown "strip" during the 1960s and '70s, when Carbondale was invaded by hippies, freaks, massive protests and even more massive street parties. It also chronicles streakers, bands, bars, hangouts, protest movements and street people, and efforts by city and school officials to control the madness. In other words, all the things that get left out of official histories and Chamber of Commerce brochures.

Amply illustrated with historic photos and graphics, the anthology also includes period essays and short stories with such titles as "Kidnapped by Jesus Freaks" and "Kid Clyde: An Existentualist's Horror Story"; rants on such subjects as women's lib and "afrophobia"; and a poem of teenage angst, "The Horny Blues."

The expanded third edition adds three new stories: "Carbondale Before Dark" describes growing up in Carbondale in the 1950s and early '60s. "Bucky's Dome" is about living in futurist Buckminster Fuller's dome home in the early 1980s. "Ghosts of Carbondale Past" is a reflection on a 2017 reunion concert of 1970s Carbondale bands.

Chocked full of history and memories, Carbondale After Dark makes a great gift for anyone who has lived in Carbondale or gone to SIU.

Author: H. B. Koplowitz
Publisher: Dome Publications
Published: 05/24/2018
Pages: 168
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.91lbs
Size: 9.21h x 6.14w x 0.44d
ISBN: 9780979139383

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