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Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps (New York Review Books Classics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. Oktober 2008

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"Grogan was one of the figureheads of the West Coast movement in the mid Sixties and this book – some of which is true – charts his rise to infamy. The Diggers were devoted to genuine egalitarianism and involved themselves in street theatre, direct action and distributing free food. This is their story as much as Grogan’s and is one of the most fascinating books ever written about Sixties counterculture." —New Statesman

“The best and only authentic book written on the sixties underground.” –Dennis Hopper


“Of all those activists, Hopper thought the most interesting was the late Emmett Grogan, who ran the Diggers, a group that gave away food and clothing. Hopper thinks that Grogan's romanticized autobiography, Ringolevio, is the best book dealing with the '60s. The title was a New York street game ‘of life and death.’ ‘Grogan thought that anybody who ever played that game would learn their position in life,’ Hopper said. ‘He was out of New York, studied film making with Antonioni. He was a jewel thief, a heroin addict and then came to San Francisco and started the Diggers. He had a lot of charisma.’” –The San Francisco Chronicle


“Emmett Grogan was a wonderful storyteller, and Ringolevio is a great book.” –Jerry Garcia


“It wouldn’t be surprising if Emmett Grogan–‘60s underground hero, prime mover of the Digger movement in San Francisco–were to come back to life. To know Grogan–a wild phenomenon who made the world his stange and could strut more in a month than Olivier played in a lifetime–was to entertain such possibilities.” –The Boston Globe


“A kind of case study that reappraises the '60s unapologetically but honestly, noting the mistakes and excesses, but also acknowledging some of the things that came from it that we should be proud of. Most people are afraid to admit how much fun it was." –Peter Coyote


Grogan was “the underground superstar of the counterculture, a young man whom everyone who was hip had heard of but whom no one could ever find…Wherever it was happening in the 1960’s, Emmett Grogan was there.” –The New York Times


“This autobiography is at once an amazing example of romantic self-mythologizing and a broad history of the hippie movement of the late nineteen-sixties…Mr. Grogan writes so clearly that he almost convinces us that the whole story could be true.” –The New Yorker


“Grogan…who blends idealism with cold-blooded nastiness, sets forth in this playback not only his own life and times–but also what it means to be on the other side of the barricades, away from the hearth where the bowls aren’t always full…Grogan’s chronicle of his life in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco…is most interesting.” –The New York Times Book Review


“The autobiography of a sometime saint…an astonishing mass of raw experience. It blows myths, settles scores and leaves one pondering the invisible rules by which history and individuals impinge upon one another.” –Life


“Superman of the Underground.” –The Times (London)


“Emmett Grogan is the nom de plume of a youthful author whose autobiography Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps will likely cause a stir when it is published.” –Publishers Weekly


A “lengthy, indulgent but intermittently fascinating autobiography of head Digger Emmett Grogan.” –The Washington Post


“The story of the San Francisco Diggers, pioneers of the Haight-Ashbury scene, told engagingly by the head Digger himself.” –The San Francisco Chronicle


“[The San Francisco Diggers] combined Dada street theater with the revolutionary politics of free. Slum-alley saints, they lit up the period by spreading the poetry of love and anarchy with broad strokes of artistic genius. Their free store, communications network of instant offset survival poetry, along with Indian-inspired consciousness, was the original white light of the era. Emmett Grogan was the hippie warrior par excellence. He was also a junkie, a maniac, a gifted actor, a rebel hero, …and above all a pain in the ass to all his friends. Ringolevio [is] half-brilliant.” –Abbie Hoffman


The story of Emmett Grogan, the leader of the San Francisco anarchist collective "The Diggers" in the 60s. It traces his journey from the mean streets of Brooklyn to the summer of love heyday in Haight-Ashbury, where he was constantly organising, protesting and partying. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Sehr schlaue Sicht auf die amerikanische Subkultur der 60er. Halb Fiktion, halb Autobiographie und viel Spaß. Gott sei Dank wieder aufgelegt, denn dieses Buch kann man heute brauchen. Demnächst erscheint auch das Buch von Peter Coyote. Ebenfalls ein d.igger
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Anybody who wants to know anything about the San Fran "hippie" scene of the late 60's has to beg, borrow or steal "Ringolevio." Even if some of it is ***, it's the read of a lifetime. Far better than fiction
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HASH(0x947d91bc) von 5 Sternen The 'Gone With the Wind' of the Sixties 21. April 1998
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Ringoloevio is a game played by NYC street kids which lies somewhere between 'tag' and a gang fight.
This purportedly self auto-biographical book centers around Kenny Wisdom as he matures from street-wise punk to heroin addict to cat burglar; then follows him to Europe and back to the US, and onto his misadventures in the army and his relocation to the Haight in the early sixties, where he helps create the Diggers, a legendary (and well documented) group of people that sponsored free food and free concerts in Golden Gate Park where such luminaries and legends as the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin performed. Incisively written and indelible on one's memory once read, it stands as one either of the great first hand social histories of the sixties, or as one of the most imaginative fictions ever concieved.
When the book was first published in 1972, Peter Coyote's name was not listed as one of the authors.
From the inside jacket (1972 edition):
"He's America's most famous invisible man who, determined on keeping his identity anonymous, has fed deceptions to the press and let others use his name to the point where some people think he doesn't even exist ("Whenever a Digger identifies himself as 'Emmett Grogan'", the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "it means nothing, since all Diggers call themselves Emmett Grogan . . .")"
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HASH(0x947d930c) von 5 Sternen A sad book about a sadder life 25. Mai 2001
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While it is true, this is a wonderful, true-to-life autobiography of one of the central figures to the Haight-Ashbury scene, there is something fundamentally tragic about Grogan, especially if you read Peter Coyote's introduction and realize what happened to Grogan in the 1970s. Grogan was no bohemian intellectual, and so the reading is rough at times, but Grogan was a man who had an amazing amount of gaul, a joie-de-vivre, and a sense of daring that made his life fascinating... "a life played for keeps" as his subtitle tells us.
Unfortunately, at too early an age, that sense of daring led him to heroin. Perhaps because Grogan opens himself up so completely in "Ringolevio", one comes away from the book with a sense that somehow, despite Grogan's disappointment with the failure of the Haight-Ashbury adventure, he was going to be all right, he was going to find a new way to do his good work in this world. The book ends with a first-hand account of the Rolling Stones Altamont Speedway murder. Grogan was writing with hindsight, recognizing that the concert marked the end of the illusion: many residents of Haight Ashbury began to move away, or get into trouble, and it didn't take long before the whole gig was over. But Grogan seemed optimistic that he would find other gigs, equally as enriching as his years as a Digger in San Fransisco.
The first time I read this book it was a first edition copy, and I didn't have the benefit of knowing what happened to Grogan in the years following this book's publication. Reading Coyote's recollections of Grogan in the years after the book's publication - how financial success led Grogan back to the needle, and how the needle eventually claimed Grogan's life - makes the feigned optimism of Ringolevio's end all the more bittersweet.
I don't give it five stars because it reads at times like the work of a hack. Nonetheless, this is a fascinating document for anyone interested in the history of the Haight-AShbury community of the late 1960s, who the figures involved in the community were and what events shaped that community. And for the most part it seems honest, warts and all, not some nostalgia-tinged feel-good book about peace and love.
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HASH(0x947d93d8) von 5 Sternen 60's San Fran - the Summer of Love from a unique perspective 8. November 1997
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This is a unique view of the San Francisco/Haight-Ashbury hippie sub-culture. A third person autobiography that tells the story of a New York tough who journeys from the mean streets of Brooklyn to the acid-driven hills of San Francisco's summer of love. Absolutely indispensable to anyone looking to grasp a true sense of the forces driving the youth of this country in the turbulent 60's. And beyond this, a thoroughly enjoyable story, as much action-adventure as political statement. The only question left at the end of the book is whether "Emmett Grogan" really exists, or is he an amalgam of the children who forged the cultural revolution that affected all of us, regardless of which "side" we were on.
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HASH(0x947d993c) von 5 Sternen For Keeps 23. Oktober 2008
Von Philip Kienholz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Cover to cover, only a couple words don't ring true. His hunting account mixes up antelopes and deer, describing a stag in a romantic setting as a pronghorn. And something about his Digger truck delivering free food in the San Francisco slums and districts, the truck changes characteristics from one page to the next. But I would not quibble about 500 pages of laid down Word by a genius tongue smith rapper and social visionary who scorned rhetoric and publicity over anonymous action--can you dig the discipline that would put on a writer? And he never lets up, as episodes flow into each other with great skill and interest.

Fiction or fact?--It does not matter when labels are stripped away and truth is revealed. A man who felt the weight of having "...killed a man back there," before he started his Digger run finally walks away from California in the last sentence of the book, hooking the reader with a sting of implied motivation for his altruism.

An American classic, real life-actor ancestor of critique writers of civilization, and still with plenty of meat for discussion in literature classes.
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HASH(0x947d9a44) von 5 Sternen An American classic? 3. Juli 2000
Von GMCaesar - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Each time I read this book, I'm more amazed and amused by it. There is never a dull moment, and I still can't figure out when or whether it crosses the line from fantasy into reality. It has a voice as authentic and American as "Huckleberry Finn" and Woody Guthrie's autobiography, and it stands as tall as they do in American literature, no joke. One of my favorites of all time. It captures a place and time, and delivers an unforgettable character, as charming as he is unreliable. I hope it will be rediscovered and recognized someday.
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