Aaron Leonard presents 'Whole World in an Uproar'

Tue Feb 21 2023 at 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Third Place Books | Seattle

Third Place Books Lake Forest Park
Publisher/HostThird Place Books Lake Forest Park
Aaron Leonard presents 'Whole World in an Uproar'
A historian's account of how the radical music of the 1960s was birthed
About this Event

Third Place Books is pleased to welcome Aaron Leonard—author of The Folk Singers and the Bureau: The FBI, the Folk Artists and the Suppression of the Communist Party, USA-1939-1956—for a discussion of his new book, Whole World in an Uproar: Music, Rebellion and Repression—1955-1972. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Artists such as Miriam Makeba, Bob Dylan, and Nina Simone transformed pop music in the 1960s, but they did not do so without a fight. At every turn, they were confronted by deeply entrenched forces within the status quo. Whole World in an Uproar—through personal accounts, FBI files, and the media of the day—tells the story of these struggles playing out amid the unprecedented social upheaval of the sixties and their lasting legacy.

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This event is free to attend. Registration is required in advance.

About Whole World in an Uproar. . .

How the radical music of the 1960s was birthed amid unprecedented upheaval and systemic repression.

Seventy years since the radical music of the 1960s first hit the airwaves, the anthems of the era continue to resonate with our current times. 

Through studying these musicians and the political contexts in which their pioneering songs were birthed; amidst paranoia, psychedelic delusions, desire and civil unrest; Aaron Leonard’s Whole World in an Uproar is an important new critical history of countercultural music from the Summer of Love to the unwelcome arrival of Bob Dylan.

Aaron J. Leonard is the author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists, Threat of the First Magnitude, and The Folk Singers & the Bureau. He has a BA in Social Sciences and History magna cum laude, from New York University. He lives in Los Angeles.

About Third Place Books

Founded in 1998 in Lake Forest Park, Washington, Third Place Books is dedicated to the creation of a community around books and the ideas inside them. With locations in Lake Forest Park and Seattle's Ravenna and Seward Park neighborhoods, Third Place Books is proud to serve the entire Seattle metro area. Learn more about their event series at thirdplacebooks.com/events.


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Third Place Books, 504 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, United States


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