Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-...

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Title:Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968
Author:Ryan H. Walsh
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Genres:Music
ISBN:0735221340
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 Reviews

  • Tad Richards
    Mar 18, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

  • Matt
    Mar 09, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

  • Casey
    Apr 22, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

    This book a treat to read if you're a 60s head and have seen a lot of films and documentaries about Woodstock, Leary and the usual subjects. This book uses these usual 60s references as time markers to tell you deeper, lesser known facts. It is a kaleidoscope of recollections fro...

    Whenever I ponder my favorite albums, Astral Weeks has consistently been near the top. I really wanted to like this book but it was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more mostly about Van Morrison, his career at that point, and the recording sessions for the album. ...

    Maybe its because I was part of the Boston rock scene in the mid-sixties and knew or knew of many of the characters and events in this book, but this is one of the most engrossing works of nonfiction I have ever read. Ryan Walsh does a masterful job of weaving together many seemingly u...

    Not for the casual fan of Van the Man, but people who love Astral Weeks (the album) or follow the Boston music scene will appreciate this detailed history. I reviewed Astral Weeks (the book) for The Current. ...

    Just what I needed to read. Sometimes to0 much detail - for me, as I was hoping for more of the mystical and less of the commune & such details, but overall, very good. Yay, Boston. And so interesting a concept, using Van Morrison as a nexus. ...

    Easy 5 star rating for this one. One of THE best music-related books I have ever read. Ryan is equal parts: reporter, investigator, historian, critic and fan. I highly recommend this book - you do not need to be a Van Morrison fan to enjoy this amazing story! ...

    A mistake Should have read the description more carefully. If you care about Van Morrison or folk music scene in Boston in 1968, it's probably good. I'm not at all interested in either. ...

    This was really awesome. (it happens to be about one of my top 5 albums and a place I've lived so the subject matter was a sure hit but it surpassed my expectations) ...

    Should really be more clear up front that it is more about the Boston scene in 68 than anything else. Super misleading. ...

  • Eric
    Apr 20, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

  • Whitney
    Apr 08, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

  • Jay Gabler
    Mar 21, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

    This book a treat to read if you're a 60s head and have seen a lot of films and documentaries about Woodstock, Leary and the usual subjects. This book uses these usual 60s references as time markers to tell you deeper, lesser known facts. It is a kaleidoscope of recollections fro...

    Whenever I ponder my favorite albums, Astral Weeks has consistently been near the top. I really wanted to like this book but it was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more mostly about Van Morrison, his career at that point, and the recording sessions for the album. ...

    Maybe its because I was part of the Boston rock scene in the mid-sixties and knew or knew of many of the characters and events in this book, but this is one of the most engrossing works of nonfiction I have ever read. Ryan Walsh does a masterful job of weaving together many seemingly u...

    Not for the casual fan of Van the Man, but people who love Astral Weeks (the album) or follow the Boston music scene will appreciate this detailed history. I reviewed Astral Weeks (the book) for The Current. ...

  • Richard
    Mar 11, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

    This book a treat to read if you're a 60s head and have seen a lot of films and documentaries about Woodstock, Leary and the usual subjects. This book uses these usual 60s references as time markers to tell you deeper, lesser known facts. It is a kaleidoscope of recollections fro...

    Whenever I ponder my favorite albums, Astral Weeks has consistently been near the top. I really wanted to like this book but it was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more mostly about Van Morrison, his career at that point, and the recording sessions for the album. ...

    Maybe its because I was part of the Boston rock scene in the mid-sixties and knew or knew of many of the characters and events in this book, but this is one of the most engrossing works of nonfiction I have ever read. Ryan Walsh does a masterful job of weaving together many seemingly u...

    Not for the casual fan of Van the Man, but people who love Astral Weeks (the album) or follow the Boston music scene will appreciate this detailed history. I reviewed Astral Weeks (the book) for The Current. ...

    Just what I needed to read. Sometimes to0 much detail - for me, as I was hoping for more of the mystical and less of the commune & such details, but overall, very good. Yay, Boston. And so interesting a concept, using Van Morrison as a nexus. ...

    Easy 5 star rating for this one. One of THE best music-related books I have ever read. Ryan is equal parts: reporter, investigator, historian, critic and fan. I highly recommend this book - you do not need to be a Van Morrison fan to enjoy this amazing story! ...

    A mistake Should have read the description more carefully. If you care about Van Morrison or folk music scene in Boston in 1968, it's probably good. I'm not at all interested in either. ...

    This was really awesome. (it happens to be about one of my top 5 albums and a place I've lived so the subject matter was a sure hit but it surpassed my expectations) ...

    Should really be more clear up front that it is more about the Boston scene in 68 than anything else. Super misleading. ...

    This was a truly absorbing read. A model of blending cultural & music history. ...

  • Larry
    Mar 15, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

    This book a treat to read if you're a 60s head and have seen a lot of films and documentaries about Woodstock, Leary and the usual subjects. This book uses these usual 60s references as time markers to tell you deeper, lesser known facts. It is a kaleidoscope of recollections fro...

    Whenever I ponder my favorite albums, Astral Weeks has consistently been near the top. I really wanted to like this book but it was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more mostly about Van Morrison, his career at that point, and the recording sessions for the album. ...

    Maybe its because I was part of the Boston rock scene in the mid-sixties and knew or knew of many of the characters and events in this book, but this is one of the most engrossing works of nonfiction I have ever read. Ryan Walsh does a masterful job of weaving together many seemingly u...

    Not for the casual fan of Van the Man, but people who love Astral Weeks (the album) or follow the Boston music scene will appreciate this detailed history. I reviewed Astral Weeks (the book) for The Current. ...

    Just what I needed to read. Sometimes to0 much detail - for me, as I was hoping for more of the mystical and less of the commune & such details, but overall, very good. Yay, Boston. And so interesting a concept, using Van Morrison as a nexus. ...

    Easy 5 star rating for this one. One of THE best music-related books I have ever read. Ryan is equal parts: reporter, investigator, historian, critic and fan. I highly recommend this book - you do not need to be a Van Morrison fan to enjoy this amazing story! ...

    A mistake Should have read the description more carefully. If you care about Van Morrison or folk music scene in Boston in 1968, it's probably good. I'm not at all interested in either. ...

    This was really awesome. (it happens to be about one of my top 5 albums and a place I've lived so the subject matter was a sure hit but it surpassed my expectations) ...

  • Jason Rabin
    Apr 07, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

  • Christine
    Jan 20, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

  • Alan
    May 05, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

  • Sarah
    Apr 14, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

    This book a treat to read if you're a 60s head and have seen a lot of films and documentaries about Woodstock, Leary and the usual subjects. This book uses these usual 60s references as time markers to tell you deeper, lesser known facts. It is a kaleidoscope of recollections fro...

    Whenever I ponder my favorite albums, Astral Weeks has consistently been near the top. I really wanted to like this book but it was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more mostly about Van Morrison, his career at that point, and the recording sessions for the album. ...

    Maybe its because I was part of the Boston rock scene in the mid-sixties and knew or knew of many of the characters and events in this book, but this is one of the most engrossing works of nonfiction I have ever read. Ryan Walsh does a masterful job of weaving together many seemingly u...

    Not for the casual fan of Van the Man, but people who love Astral Weeks (the album) or follow the Boston music scene will appreciate this detailed history. I reviewed Astral Weeks (the book) for The Current. ...

    Just what I needed to read. Sometimes to0 much detail - for me, as I was hoping for more of the mystical and less of the commune & such details, but overall, very good. Yay, Boston. And so interesting a concept, using Van Morrison as a nexus. ...

  • Martin
    Apr 29, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

  • John Heiskell
    May 06, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

    This book a treat to read if you're a 60s head and have seen a lot of films and documentaries about Woodstock, Leary and the usual subjects. This book uses these usual 60s references as time markers to tell you deeper, lesser known facts. It is a kaleidoscope of recollections fro...

    Whenever I ponder my favorite albums, Astral Weeks has consistently been near the top. I really wanted to like this book but it was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more mostly about Van Morrison, his career at that point, and the recording sessions for the album. ...

  • Django Laić
    Apr 24, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

  • Dachokie
    Mar 25, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

  • Andrea
    Mar 30, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

  • Sumeet
    Apr 29, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

    This book a treat to read if you're a 60s head and have seen a lot of films and documentaries about Woodstock, Leary and the usual subjects. This book uses these usual 60s references as time markers to tell you deeper, lesser known facts. It is a kaleidoscope of recollections fro...

  • Jeff
    Mar 25, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

    This book a treat to read if you're a 60s head and have seen a lot of films and documentaries about Woodstock, Leary and the usual subjects. This book uses these usual 60s references as time markers to tell you deeper, lesser known facts. It is a kaleidoscope of recollections fro...

    Whenever I ponder my favorite albums, Astral Weeks has consistently been near the top. I really wanted to like this book but it was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more mostly about Van Morrison, his career at that point, and the recording sessions for the album. ...

    Maybe its because I was part of the Boston rock scene in the mid-sixties and knew or knew of many of the characters and events in this book, but this is one of the most engrossing works of nonfiction I have ever read. Ryan Walsh does a masterful job of weaving together many seemingly u...

    Not for the casual fan of Van the Man, but people who love Astral Weeks (the album) or follow the Boston music scene will appreciate this detailed history. I reviewed Astral Weeks (the book) for The Current. ...

    Just what I needed to read. Sometimes to0 much detail - for me, as I was hoping for more of the mystical and less of the commune & such details, but overall, very good. Yay, Boston. And so interesting a concept, using Van Morrison as a nexus. ...

    Easy 5 star rating for this one. One of THE best music-related books I have ever read. Ryan is equal parts: reporter, investigator, historian, critic and fan. I highly recommend this book - you do not need to be a Van Morrison fan to enjoy this amazing story! ...

    A mistake Should have read the description more carefully. If you care about Van Morrison or folk music scene in Boston in 1968, it's probably good. I'm not at all interested in either. ...

  • Jennifer
    May 25, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

  • Glenn
    Apr 12, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

  • Ed Mckeon
    Mar 21, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

  • Faith
    Mar 31, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

  • Joseph Norton
    May 26, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

    This book a treat to read if you're a 60s head and have seen a lot of films and documentaries about Woodstock, Leary and the usual subjects. This book uses these usual 60s references as time markers to tell you deeper, lesser known facts. It is a kaleidoscope of recollections fro...

    Whenever I ponder my favorite albums, Astral Weeks has consistently been near the top. I really wanted to like this book but it was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more mostly about Van Morrison, his career at that point, and the recording sessions for the album. ...

    Maybe its because I was part of the Boston rock scene in the mid-sixties and knew or knew of many of the characters and events in this book, but this is one of the most engrossing works of nonfiction I have ever read. Ryan Walsh does a masterful job of weaving together many seemingly u...

    Not for the casual fan of Van the Man, but people who love Astral Weeks (the album) or follow the Boston music scene will appreciate this detailed history. I reviewed Astral Weeks (the book) for The Current. ...

    Just what I needed to read. Sometimes to0 much detail - for me, as I was hoping for more of the mystical and less of the commune & such details, but overall, very good. Yay, Boston. And so interesting a concept, using Van Morrison as a nexus. ...

    Easy 5 star rating for this one. One of THE best music-related books I have ever read. Ryan is equal parts: reporter, investigator, historian, critic and fan. I highly recommend this book - you do not need to be a Van Morrison fan to enjoy this amazing story! ...

  • Maxwell Octigan
    May 18, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

  • Ian Hamilton
    Mar 22, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

  • John Spiller
    Apr 30, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

  • Jack Saltzberg
    Apr 05, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

  • Ted Myers
    Apr 29, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...

    You Had to Have Been There ? This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book. When I think of the counter-culture in the late 1960s, the city of Boston doesn?t come to mind, but Ryan Walsh?s book, ASTRAL WEEKS, proves Boston ha...

    There are a lot of books out there about the 60?s, hippie counterculture, LSD, race relations and Vietnam. Yes San Francisco was the hub of it all, but it is refreshing to read something that isn?t Haight Ashbury or Grateful Dead related. 1968 Boston brought mystics and creatives, ...

    Walsh doesn't really succeed at formulating an effective overarching thesis. There are too many disparate ideas that make the read a little disjointed. Too much emphasis is placed on the Fort Hill Community; I think there's a good reason why this group has been largely forgotten by his...

    I started this book thinking it was going to focus solely on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks which I was into....but it ended up being a more comprehensive history of Boston in 1968. I really liked it though. It was very well researched and I learned lots about the city that I did not k...

    This book a treat to read if you're a 60s head and have seen a lot of films and documentaries about Woodstock, Leary and the usual subjects. This book uses these usual 60s references as time markers to tell you deeper, lesser known facts. It is a kaleidoscope of recollections fro...

    Whenever I ponder my favorite albums, Astral Weeks has consistently been near the top. I really wanted to like this book but it was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more mostly about Van Morrison, his career at that point, and the recording sessions for the album. ...

    Maybe its because I was part of the Boston rock scene in the mid-sixties and knew or knew of many of the characters and events in this book, but this is one of the most engrossing works of nonfiction I have ever read. Ryan Walsh does a masterful job of weaving together many seemingly u...

  • Steve Sanders
    Mar 26, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

    In Astral Weeks, Ryan Walsh gives us parallel portraits of two gifted musicians ?Van Morrison and Mel Lyman?and the divergent ways in which they responded to what Philip Roth called ?indigenous American berserk.? Lyman channeled the rhetoric of utopia and transcendence into the...