The Psychedelic Symphony: An Historical Novel 1968
Author: James Marinovich
Publication date : 2002
A novel set in the Summer of 1968.
The Psychedelic Symphony describes the changing lives of the inhabitants of Hastings Plain in the summer of 1968. The effects of Sixties counter-culture upon American society are witnessed through a cast of characters that includes Siegfried Underground - an acid-rock band - Cecil Hoffmann, a chronicler of adventures in realms accessed by psychedelic drugs, Angel, a Gypsy runaway/failed suicide, and young Jacob Rankovich, for whom the counter-culture represents nothing less than the promise of a new life. Although all elements of human life-natural and supernatural-are detailed in a style of magic realism, the Symphony achieves an authenticity quite rare in fiction dealing with Sixties culture
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