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The New Bohemia
Art, Music, Drama, Sex, Film, Dance
in New York's East Village
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John Gruen
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A Cappella Books
The New Bohemia gives an on-the-spot guide to the artistic world of the East Village of New York in the 1960s. Such seminal figures as Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, John Cage, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), and The Fugs, and institutions such as La Mama experimental theater company and The Film-Maker's Cinematheque are described through vivid words and photographs. These avant-garde masters laid the groundwork for the pop cultures -- of fashion, music, dance, theater, film, literature -- of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. For those wishing to relive the "happenings" of the past or for the next generation of Bohemians, this work is essential.

"John Gruen has squared off this mysterious region [the East Village] with tenacity of a Livingstone...In this pioneering work, Gruen has been handsomely served by photographer Fred W. McDarrah, who evokes the atmosphere of the whole scene."
-- Saturday Review of Literature

"The Intelligent Square's Guide to the East Village, complete with atmospheric photos by Fred W. McDarrah, the Bachrach of New York's Bohemia, and an excellent map showing where the action is, from Slug's avant-jazz bar to Kerista love-cult headquarters."
-- The New York Times Book Review