The Angel Clark Show With DAVID TALBOT, FOUNDER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF SALON.COM – Episode 205 – 5/29/12

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San Francisco was the cradle of the 1960s, giving birth to everything from rock legends like Janis Joplin to new ideas like consumer safety and gay marriage. It also brought us murder and mayhem from Charles Manson to kool-aid at Jonestown, all while bringing us closer to the inevitable clash between conservative America and the nation’s youngsters proclaiming free love.

In SEASON OF THE WITCH (Free Press; May 8, 2012; Hardcover; $28.00), New York Times bestselling author of Brothers and Salon founder and CEO David Talbot recounts the gripping story of rock music, drugs, and violence which transformed both San Francisco and the entire country. From its Irish Catholic roots and conservative city hall, to the fiery Harvey Milk and burgeoning music scene, Talbot brings this era’s characters to life and shows how this city brought an openness to change to America. With intimate portraits of larger than life people like Jerry Garcia and “The Napoleons of Rock” Charles Sullivan and Bill Graham, we can live and breathe one of the most radical times in American history.

David Talbot is uniquely poised to tell his city’s story, and in his book he discusses:

· Tales of drugs and rock music that were the birth of legends from Janis Joplin to The Grateful Dead

· Real life looks at the people behind the fame, from Harvey Milk to Jim Jones

· SF’s Irish Catholic values that solidified in the 1930’s, which came into violent clashes with the young people promoting 1960’s values

· How the nation’s children began running away in droves to SF, which culminated in everything from gay liberation to consumer protections

· How Haight-Asbury became the front line of battle between controlling, religious City Leaders and the people fighting for liberal values

· The manifestation of “The Diggers” who embodied San Francisco values and became the foundation of SF counterculture

· The movers and shakers of SF’s burgeoning music scene, like Charismatic Charles Sullivan who built up The Filmore and whose murder is still shrouded in mystery, and his successor, the dynamic Bill Graham who carried the mantle and worked with Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and many other legendary bands

Embodying a piece of San Francisco’s soul, David Talbot has managed to capture the essence of the people, events, and time period that shaped the city, and continues to shape the nation. Speak with David Talbot for an inside look at the powerful forces that created San Francisco values, and how they are currently clashing with America’s other values for a heated Culture War.

About The Author

David Talbot, founder and CEO of the San Francisco based web magazine Salon, is uniquely poised to tell his iconic city’s story in all its terrible glory. Talbot is the author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, and has been hailed as a “pioneer of online journalism” by The New York Times. He has worked as a senior editor for Mother Jones magazine and as a features editor for the San Francisco Examiner. Talbot has written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone,TIME among other publications. He lives with his family in San Francisco.


Season of the Witch

Salon Magazine



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