“The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution” Book Reading & Discussion

January 30, 2014 7:00am

WalrusandtheElephants_CoverLargeThursday, January 30th @ 7pm
Ann Arbor District Library
343 S 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join author and journalist James Mitchell to celebrate his newest book, Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution, at the Ann Arbor District Library on Thursday, January 30th. A reading and discussion on John Lennon’s special relationship with Ann Arbor will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

The opening chapter of the book 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.

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 The 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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