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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

  • 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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...

  • Jennifer Ozawa
    Jul 02, 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

  • Barbara
    Jul 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

  • 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Maureen Stanton
    Jun 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

  • Simon
    Aug 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

    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...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    An all-over-the-place cultural and musical history of 1960?s Boston that finally doesn?t have much to do with Van Morrison. The Astral Weeks album was born during Morrison?s years in Boston playing with local musicians, but the album was recorded in New York with session players....

  • 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

    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...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    An all-over-the-place cultural and musical history of 1960?s Boston that finally doesn?t have much to do with Van Morrison. The Astral Weeks album was born during Morrison?s years in Boston playing with local musicians, but the album was recorded in New York with session players....

    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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

  • Matt Fitz
    Jun 23, 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

    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...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

  • Rebecca
    May 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

  • 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

    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...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    An all-over-the-place cultural and musical history of 1960?s Boston that finally doesn?t have much to do with Van Morrison. The Astral Weeks album was born during Morrison?s years in Boston playing with local musicians, but the album was recorded in New York with session players....

    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, ...

    A disappointment in its choice of Mel Lyman as the central figure of this book. When I saw Astral Weeks in the title, I jumped in with both feet. The material surrounding Astral Weeks and Van Morrison is excellent, the caveat being the author is mining recollections of people from 50 y...

    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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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...

  • Tony
    Aug 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

  • 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

    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...

  • Michael  Malone
    Aug 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

  • 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

    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...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    An all-over-the-place cultural and musical history of 1960?s Boston that finally doesn?t have much to do with Van Morrison. The Astral Weeks album was born during Morrison?s years in Boston playing with local musicians, but the album was recorded in New York with session players....

    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, ...

  • Drew D Peabody
    Jun 10, 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

    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...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    An all-over-the-place cultural and musical history of 1960?s Boston that finally doesn?t have much to do with Van Morrison. The Astral Weeks album was born during Morrison?s years in Boston playing with local musicians, but the album was recorded in New York with session players....

    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, ...

    A disappointment in its choice of Mel Lyman as the central figure of this book. When I saw Astral Weeks in the title, I jumped in with both feet. The material surrounding Astral Weeks and Van Morrison is excellent, the caveat being the author is mining recollections of people from 50 y...

  • 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

    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...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    An all-over-the-place cultural and musical history of 1960?s Boston that finally doesn?t have much to do with Van Morrison. The Astral Weeks album was born during Morrison?s years in Boston playing with local musicians, but the album was recorded in New York with session players....

    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, ...

    A disappointment in its choice of Mel Lyman as the central figure of this book. When I saw Astral Weeks in the title, I jumped in with both feet. The material surrounding Astral Weeks and Van Morrison is excellent, the caveat being the author is mining recollections of people from 50 y...

    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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

  • Jerome
    Jul 04, 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

  • 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...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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... ...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    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 ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    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 ...

    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...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    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...

    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 really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

    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...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    An all-over-the-place cultural and musical history of 1960?s Boston that finally doesn?t have much to do with Van Morrison. The Astral Weeks album was born during Morrison?s years in Boston playing with local musicians, but the album was recorded in New York with session players....

    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...