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The Bad Trip Reviews

The Bad Trip by James Riley

The Bad Trip: Dark Omens, New Worlds and the End of the Sixties

James Riley

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1 review

Imprint: Icon Books Ltd
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Publication date: 8 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781785784538

An intriguing, first-of-its-kind cultural history of the turn of the 1960s - published on the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders

4 stars out of 5
Victoria Segal
4 Aug 2019

"The decade of love and peace turned sour well before the Manson murders."

A fascination with the dark side of the Sixties once seemed like a rebellion against the Baby Boomers’ insistent narrative that the era was the one true golden age, the unrepeatable peak of popular culture. Yet Riley, alert to all the connections into his shadow narrative, shows how the decade’s appeal endures, if not intensifies, when shown at its worst. If hemlines were once considered indicators of economic health, maybe the story subsequent generations tell themselves about the Sixties is an indicator of mental health. Dense with conspiracies, chaos and apocalyptic death drives, The Bad Trip is a history that makes perfect sense when the sky is falling down.