1968 and Beyond: Culture, Counterculture and Revolution

Join Sac DSA and Marxist School of Sacramento as we welcome speaker Mat Callahan!

Mat Callahan is a central figure in the history of the alternative music scene, an organizer of Klub Komotion, an author, and activist. Most recently he re-published Songs of Freedom by James Connolly and launched the Songs of Slavery and Emancipation Project. He is the author of five books including "The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965–1975," (PM Press) and "Critical Guide to Intellectual Property," (Zed Books). 

In his book The Explosion of Deferred Dreams Callahan explores these questions: 
—why did "culture" suddenly assume such prominence in the Sixties?
—what distinguished the New Left and the Counterculture?
—why did the Reagan/Thatcher counterrevolution launch the "Culture Wars?"
—does "culture" have any usefulness for revolutionaries today?

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love flooded the media with debates and celebrations of music, political movements, "flower power," "acid rock," and "hippies", The Explosion of Deferred Dreams offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings in San Francisco in the Sixties. Author Mat Callahan explores the dynamic links between the Black Panthers and Sly and the Family Stone, the United Farm Workers and Santana, the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the New Left and the counterculture. 

He was a central organizer of Klub Komotion during the years 1986 and 1997 that operated a performance space, art gallery, and recording studio in the heart of the Mission District.

Musically speaking, many fine artists performed or recorded at Komotion. The list is long and contains some who’ve become world renowned; Green Day, Michael Franti, Chumbawumba, Primus, Chuck Prophet, Consolidated, the Looters and many other musicians contributed greatly to the spirit and vitality of Komotion. They were joined by poets such as Jack Hirschmann, Alejandro Murguia, Robert Anton Wilson and Peter Plate as well as performance artists from Jello Biafra to Guillermo Gomez Pena. Also noteworthy were the dozens of artists that exhibited in the gallery, including Winston Smith, Sal Garcia, Richard Olsen, Doug Minkler, Thomas Powell, Sue Coe and Frank Garvey.


Sierra 2 Center, Room 9
2791 24th St.

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