Local Author Night at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids featuring Jim Mitchell, author of The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution

January 28, 2014 7:00pm


Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 7pm
Schuler Books & Music
3165 Alpine Ave
Walker, MI 49544

Join us for a discussion and book signing featuring local authors Jim Mitchell, Reagan Chesnut, Victor Fleming, Julie McNamara, Pete Wurdock and Heather Robinson.

Author and journalist Jim Mitchell will discuss his recently released The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution. Jim will be speaking about John Lennon’s early years of social activism, his music with the progressive New York band Elephant’s Memory, and Lennon’s special relationship with Ann Arbor. The opening chapter of The Walrus and the Elephants takes place in Ann Arbor and focuses on the historic benefit concert that Lennon headlined that was held for poet-activist John Sinclair to challenge his ten year prison sentence for possessing two joints of pot.

Based entirely on new interviews and research, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided. From controversial television appearances, to benefit concerts, to his new, post-Beatlemania band Elephant’s Memory, Walrus and the Elephants is Lennon’s story told by a cast of close friends and fellow activists who lived the gritty and colorful lives in legendary Greenwich Village.

JAMES A. MITCHELL is the author of But for the Grace: Profiles in Peace from a Nation at War (Mansion Field, 2009), the story of an orphanage in Sri Lanka’s war-torn northeast; rock biography It Was All Right: Mitch Ryder’s Life in Music (Wayne State University Press, 2008); and tales from a rural newspaper, Applegate: Freedom of the Press in a Small Town (2002, University Press of America). A reporter and editor for more than twenty years, his writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, The Humanist, and Starlog.

“James Mitchell carefully and lovingly has reconstructed an inspiring and poignant chapter both in John Lennon’s odyssey and in the tangled flow of the American anti-war and other protest movements of the late nineteen sixties and early seventies. The Walrus and The Elephants is an indispensable window into an amazing time in American history and the history of rock and roll.” —Danny Goldberg, author of Bumping Into Geniuses

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