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· Occupying the Stage. The Theater of May ’68 by Kate Bredeson · Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA): Death to the Fascist Insect · Lisa Gray-Garcia, aka Tiny: Criminal of Poverty. Growing Up Homeless in America · Chinese Authorities Razing Ai Weiwei’s Studio Part of Larger Attack on Artistic Expression · Bettina Röhl: „Die RAF hat euch lieb“. Die Bundesrepublik im Rausch von 68 – Eine Familie im Zentrum der Bewegung · Karel Michiels: 1968. Biografie van een mythisch jaar · The story of the Protests of May 1968 · Mark Kurlansky: 1968. The Year That Rocked the World · Wolfgang Kraushaar: 1968 · Arthur Anjou: 68: Année rhétorique. Les meilleurs slogans de Mai 68 · Roel Janssen: 1968. You Say You Want a Revolution · Detlef Siegfried: 1968. Protest, Revolte, Gegenkultur

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Occupying the Stage. The Theater of May ’68 by Kate Bredeson

Occupying the Stage: the Theater of May ’68 tells the story of student and worker uprisings in France through the lens of theater history, and the story of French theater through the lens of May ’68.

Based on detailed archival research and original translations, close readings of plays and historical documents, and a rigorous assessment of avant-garde theater history and theory, Occupying the Stage proposes that the French theater of 1959–71 forms a standalone paradigm called “The Theater of May ’68.”

The book shows how French theater artists during this period used a strategy of occupation-occupying buildings, streets, language, words, traditions, and artistic processes-as their central tactic of protest and transformation. It further proposes that the Theater of May ’68 has left imprints on contemporary artists and activists, and that this theater offers a scaffolding on which to build a meaningful analysis of contemporary protest and performance in France, North America, and beyond.

At the book’s heart is an inquiry into how artists of the period used theater as a way to engage in political work and, concurrently, questioned and overhauled traditional theater practices so their art would better reflect the way they wanted the world to be. Occupying the Stage embraces the utopic vision of May ’68 while probing the period’s many contradictions. It thus affirms the vital role theater can play in the ongoing work of social change.

Occupying the Stage
The Theater of May ’68
Kate Bredeson (Author)
Publication Date: November 2018
Pages 232
Trim Size 6 x 9
Paper Text – $34.95
Northwestern University Press
Drama & Performance Studies
ISBN 978-0-8101-3815-5

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The Theater of May ’68
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Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA): Death to the Fascist Insect

DEATH TO THE FASCIST INSECT is a compilation of the writings and transcribed recordings of the Symbionese Liberation Army (1973–75), a radical left-wing group based in the Bay Area of California. This publication chronicles the militant, if half-baked, political theories that inspired the SLA, as well as the ways that the SLA used violence and manipulation of the media to further the group’s goal of provoking armed revolution from the underground.

Founded by escaped convict Donald DeFreeze, aka Field Marshal Cinque, the SLA was mostly composed of young, largely white and middle-class men and women, whose stated aim was to destroy all forms of racism, sexism, and capitalism. One of the SLA’s first acts was the murder of the Oakland superintendent of schools; SLA members went on to kidnap newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, demand millions of dollars from her wealthy family for free food for “people in need,” and rob a bank in San Francisco with Hearst. Most of the SLA, including DeFreeze, died in a fire after a gun battle with police in Los Angeles, while Hearst was later pardoned.

This publication features an introduction by editor John Brian King, a chronology of the SLA, the writings and transcribed recordings of the group presented in the context of events at the time, and a fifty-page appendix of notable articles, letters, and other texts related to the SLA.

John Brian King is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker. His works include the nonfiction book Lustmord: The Writings and Artifacts of Murderers (1997), the photography books LAX: Photographs of Los Angeles 1980-84 (2015) and Nude Reagan (2016), and the feature film Redlands (2014).

Death to the Fascist Insect
John Brian King, Editor
Publisher: Spurl Editions
Product Number: 9781943679089
ISBN 978-1-943679-08-9
SKU #: C17B
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Literary Nonfiction
California Interest
African & African American Studies
Political Theory. Crime
Price: $ 18.50
Pub Date: 3/13/2019

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Lisa Gray-Garcia, aka Tiny: Criminal of Poverty. Growing Up Homeless in America

A daughter’s struggle to keep her family alive, through poverty, homelessness and incarceration

Eleven-year-old Lisa becomes her mother’s primary support when they face the prospect of homelessness. As Dee, a single mother, struggles with the demons of her own childhood of neglect and abuse, Lisa has to quickly assume the roles of an adult in an attempt to keep some stability in their lives.

Dee and Tiny” ultimately become underground celebrities in San Francisco, squatting in storefronts and performing the “art of homelessness.” Their story, filled with black humor and incisive analysis, illuminates the roots of poverty, the criminalization of poor families and their struggle for survival.

Criminal of Poverty lays bare the devastating effects of inheriting a life of poverty, as well the real redemption and power in finding your voice.” – Michelle Tea, author of Rose of No Man’s Land and Valencia

“Tiny’s indomitable spirit comes to life in her amazing story of poverty and homelessness, reaching into and teaching our hearts and minds. With her flawless descriptions of the pain of living in the margins of the richest country in the world, she opens up an important window onto a reality looked upon by many but truly seen by few, augmenting our capacity for empathy and action in an area so in need of social change. Bravo Tiny, for your gift to us all! Punto!!!” – Piri Thomas, author of Down These Mean Streets

Lisa Gray-Garcia  (
is a journalist, poet and community activist. She is the founder of POOR magazine and the PoorNewsNetwork (PNN), a monthly radio broadcast and an online news service focused on issues of poverty and racism.

Criminal of Poverty
Growing Up Homeless in America
Lisa Gray-Garcia, aka Tiny
Publisher City Lights Foundation Books
Paperback, 2007
278 pages
ISBN-10 1931404070
ISBN-13 9781931404075
List Price $19.95

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Chinese Authorities Razing Ai Weiwei’s Studio Part of Larger Attack on Artistic Expression


August 7, 2018
NEW YORK – The unannounced demolition of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s studio in Beijing is symptomatic of a larger attack on human rights and artistic expression in China, said PEN America today.

On August 6, Artist and activist Ai Weiwei announced on social media that authorities had demolished his Beijing artist studio. Ai stated that he had received no advance notice prior to the demolition. Although several of his works were damaged in the studio’s demolition, the artist explained that he is more preoccupied with the effects of China’s “urban development” projects on artists and migrant populations, saying: “Since last year, a policy was enacted to clear out migrant workers from Beijing . . . Those who do not belong to the establishment, including artists, are always the first to be discriminated against and sacrificed.”

Within the past few years, artist colonies including Songzhuang and Caochangdi—the latter an arts district that Ai helped develop—have been targeted for eviction and demolition. Artists have cited both runaway economic development and political disfavor as rationales for authorities’ hostile attitudes. More broadly, an urban development policy conceived last year to push migrant workers out of Beijing has empowered local authorities to take unannounced action to demolish property, a policy that has led to thousands of migrant workers losing their homes.

“Regardless of the government’s motives, the unannounced demolition of an artist’s studio is a demonstration of a lack of appreciation or even acknowledgment for the role of the artist in society,” said Julie Trébault, Director of PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection. “Around the world, artist studios and communes are spaces to be cherished, not discarded.”

PEN America leads the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), a program dedicated to assisting imperiled artists and strengthening the network of organizations that support them. If you or someone you know is an artist at risk, contact ARC here.

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. They champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Their mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

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Bettina Röhl: „Die RAF hat euch lieb“. Die Bundesrepublik im Rausch von 68 – Eine Familie im Zentrum der Bewegung

Bettina Röhl über ihre letzten gemeinsamen Jahre mit ihrer Mutter Ulrike Meinhof

Brauchte die Bundesrepublik die Revolte von 68? Ist 68 gar das Jahr einer „Neugründung“ der heutigen Bundesrepublik? Die APO-Bewegung – und ihre „Speerspitze“, die RAF – ist das wohl meist beschriebene Thema der neueren politischen Geschichte des Landes. Mit bisher unbekannten Fakten und den Stimmen neuer Zeitzeugen unterlegt, liefert Bettina Röhl, die als Kind die Gründung der RAF hautnah miterlebte, eine spannende Analyse und erzählt die scheinbar bekannte Geschichte neu. Bei ihren Recherchen fand Bettina Röhl zahlreiche bisher unveröffentlichte Briefe, Dokumente und Fotos, die den Leser die damalige Zeit hautnah miterleben und nachvollziehen lassen.

Bettina Röhl wurde 1962 in Hamburg geboren, wo sie 1982 Abitur machte. 1986 begann sie neben ihrem Studium der Geschichte und Germanistik ihr Volontariat bei der Zeitschrift TEMPO. Sie arbeitete für Spiegel TV, Welt online, Cicero, Wirtschaftswoche und viele andere Medien und veröffentlichte zahlreiche Buchbeiträge. 2001 wurde sie mit ihren Veröffentlichungen zu Joschka Fischers Gewaltvergangenheit in stern und BILD bekannt. Nach „So macht Kommunismus Spaß“ ist „Die RAF hat euch lieb“ ihr zweites historisch-biographisches Buch über die linke Geschichte der Bundesrepublik.

Bettina Röhl
„Die RAF hat euch lieb“
Die Bundesrepublik im Rausch von 68
Eine Familie im Zentrum der Bewegung
Gebundenes Buch mit Schutzumschlag,
640 Seiten,
13,5 x 21,5 cm mit 16 S. Bildteil
ISBN: 978-3-453-20150-7
€ 24,00
Verlag: Heyne Verlag
Erschienen: 10.04.2018
Sprache: Deutsch

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Karel Michiels: 1968. Biografie van een mythisch jaar

1968 is na een halve eeuw een iconisch jaar geworden. Volgens sommigen de bron van alle kwaad dat ons nu overkomt, volgens anderen een keerpunt in de bewustwording van de mens.

Wat is er toen echt gebeurd, en hoe heeft dat ons denken en handelen beïnvloed? Wie waren de rebellen, wie de poseurs? En waar hield de rest van de Vlamingen zich mee bezig, de overgrote meerderheid die geen boodschap had aan revolutie?

Dit boek is geen objectieve geschiedschrijving. De auteur mixt zijn persoonlijke herinneringen als kind met feiten en verhalen die hij zelf relevant vindt, ook voor onze tijd. Hij neemt de lezer even goed mee naar Parijs en Vietnam als naar Leuven en Bilzen. Hij luistert even graag naar Marc Dex en Engelbert Humperdinck als naar The Beatles en de Stones. 1968 is een kleurrijk fresco van een mythisch jaar, heerlijk fris en onbevangen geschreven, zoals de tijdsgeest het toen wilde.

Karel Michiels (1960) is journalist en auteur. Hij publiceerde biografieën over een aantal opmerkelijke figuren en boeken over voetbal, reizen en cannabis. Met De Rasta Revelatie debuteerde hij in 2008 als romanschrijver onder de rastanaam Jah Shakespear.

Auteur: Karel Michiels
Biografie van een mythisch jaar
Uitgeverij : Lannoo
ISBN : 9789401444002
Taal : Nederlands
Uitvoering : Paperback
Aantal pagina’s : 288
Verschenen: Oktober  2017
Afmetingen : 213 x 144 x 28 mm.

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The story of the Protests of May 1968

Fifty years ago, the demonstrations of May 68 turned the streets of Paris and Nanterre upside down, and shook France to its very core. Linked with a vast international protest movement, it brought about profound changes in French society and abroad.

Fifty years on, various cultural institutions explore the history and legacy of May – June 1968 through get-togethers, exhibitions, newly-opened archives, participatory workshops, theatre, music, debates and talks casting fresh light on the events.

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Mark Kurlansky: 1968. The Year That Rocked the World

To some, 1968 was the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and the Tet Offensive; Black Power; the generation gap; avant-garde theater; the upsurge of the women’s movement; and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union.

In this monumental book, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that pivotal year, when television’s influence on global events first became apparent, and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the world. Encompassing the diverse realms of youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media, 1968 shows how twelve volatile months transformed who we were as a people–and led us to where we are today.

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Food of a Younger Land; Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell; and Paper: Paging Through History. He lives in New York City.

Mark Kurlansky:
The Year That Rocked the World
Category: World History
480 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN 9780345455826

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Wolfgang Kraushaar: 1968

Ein halbes Jahrhundert ist mittlerweile vergangen seit jenem legendären Jahr 1968.

Wolfgang Kraushaar, der wohl beste Kenner der 68er Bewegung, schildert die Ereignisse jenes Jahres und ihre Nachwirkungen, charakterisiert die Wortführer – Reformer und Revoluzzer –, zeigt die globale Dimension der Studentenrevolte und zieht ein politisches Fazit.

Besondere Kapitel sind dem Sound der Revolte, der Revolte der Frauen und den Lebensbahnen derer gewidmet, die 1968 eine herausragende Rolle spielten.

Wolfgang Kraushaar, geb. 1948, studierte Politikwissenschaft, Philosophie und Germanistik. Seit 1987 arbeitet er am Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung. Sein Arbeitsschwerpunkt ist die Untersuchung von Protest und Widerstand in der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik und der DDR.

Kraushaar, Wolfgang:
100 Seiten
Format 11,4 x 17 cm
100 Seiten
6 Abb. und Infografiken
März 2018
EUR (D) 10,00
ISBN: 978-3-15-020452-8

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Arthur Anjou: 68: Année rhétorique. Les meilleurs slogans de Mai 68

Mai 1968 fut le printemps des slogans politiques, qu’on retrouve avec bonheur dans cette anthologie “facon Cyrano de Bergerac”.

Choisies et commentées par Arthur Anjou, ces phrases cultes, souvent abrasives, toujours surprenantes, invitent à la (re)découverte de ce mouvement social et culturel majeur du XXe siècle, à l’occasion de son cinquantième anniversaire.

Arthur Anjou
68: Année rhétorique
Les meilleurs slogans de Mai 68
Librio (n° 1231) – Idées
À paraître le 18/04/2018
Genre : Documents
112 pages
130 x 205 mm
Broché €3,00
EAN : 9782290154687
ISBN : 9782290154687

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Roel Janssen: 1968. You Say You Want a Revolution

Het jaar 1968 behoort tot de iconische jaren van de twintigste eeuw. Het is een kanteljaar, waarin alles mogelijk lijkt. 1968 is het jaar van de Meirevolutie in Parijs, de Praagse Lente, het verzet tegen de oorlog in Vietnam, het bloedbad van My Lai, de moorden op Martin Luther King en Robert Kennedy, de Yippies bij de Democratische conventie in Chicago, de zwarte handschoenen bij de Olympische Spelen in Mexico en Amsterdam als ‘magies centrum’.

Over de hele wereld komen jongeren in opstand tegen de gevestigde orde. De protesten worden gevoed door het ideaal van een andere samenleving en het geloof in de nieuwe mens. Ze gaan gepaard met psychedelische experimenten, harde strijd en emancipatiebewegingen van zwarten en vrouwen. Bevrijding is het sleutelwoord.

Maar 1968 eindigt als een jaar van restauratie: de bestendiging van de regering van president De Gaulle in Frankrijk, de Sovjetinval in Tsjecho-Slowakije en de verkiezing van Richard Nixon in de Verenigde Staten. Desondanks hebben de culturele,maatschappelijke en politieke invloeden van 1968 nu, een halve eeuw later, niets aan betekenis ingeboet.

In dit enerverende, kleurrijke boek neemt Roel Janssen, die in mei 1968 naar Parijs trok om getuige te zijn van de studentenrevolte, de lezer mee op een wereldreis door het revolutiejaar. Het is een gedreven journalistiek verslag dat de gebeurtenissen van vijftig jaar geleden in perspectief plaatst en de herinneringen aan dat veelbewogen jaar levend houdt. ‘You say you want a revolution’, een verwijzing naar de hit van the Beatles in 1968, onderscheidt zich door een spannende verteltrant vol smakelijke details en oog voor de zelfoverschatting van de generatie van ’68.

Auteur: Roel Janssen
1968. You Say You Want a Revolution
Uitgeverij : Balans, Uitgeverij
ISBN : 9789460035586
Taal : Nederlands
Uitvoering : Paperback
Aantal pagina’s : 256
Verschijningsdatum : 22-01-2018
Afmetingen : 215 x 135 x 25 mm.
Gewicht : 381 gr.
20,00 euro

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Detlef Siegfried: 1968. Protest, Revolte, Gegenkultur

Hinter der Zeitenwende von 1968 steckt mehr als nur eine politische Revolte: Männer ließen sich die Haare lang wachsen, Frauen wollten endlich die Pille nehmen dürfen, Drogen wurden konsumiert, Musikfestivals, Kommunen und neue Zeitschriften stellten das vorhandene Weltbild auf den Kopf.

So unterschiedliche Heldenfiguren wie Twiggy, Rudi Dutschke, Che Guevara, Jimi Hendrix und Mao Tse-Tung traten auf den Plan, während die deutsche Politik noch mit dem Vermächtnis der NS-Zeit zu kämpfen hatte.

Es wäre jedoch ein Irrtum zu glauben, alles habe erst 1968 begonnen. Detlef Siegfried zeigt, welche gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen und politischen Ereignisse schon im Vorfeld nötig waren, damit die Revolte der Schüler, Studenten und Lehrlinge Fahrt aufnehmen konnte. Dabei lässt er nicht nur die Gegenkultur in Großstädten wie Berlin oder Frankfurt am Main wieder aufleben, sondern rückt auch Schauplätze aus der bundesrepublikanischen Provinz ins Rampenlicht. Doch wie viel revolutionäre Dynamik ließ sich in die »roten« Siebzigerjahre hinüberretten? Und was wurde eigentlich aus all den Linken?

Detlef Siegfried, geb. 1958, ist Professor für neuere deutsche und europäische Geschichte an der Universität Kopenhagen. Er hat mehrere Bücher zu Alltagskultur, Pop und Linksradikalismus in der Bundesrepublik veröffentlicht, darunter Time is on my side. Konsum und Politik in der westdeutschen Jugendkultur der 60er Jahre (2006) und Sound der Revolte. Studien zur Kulturrevolution um 1968 (2008).

Siegfried, Detlef:
Protest, Revolte, Gegenkultur
Originalausgabe Reclam
Geb. Format: 16 x 24 cm
299 Seiten
60 farb. Abb.
ISBN: 978-3-15-011149-9
€ 28,00

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