Leaving The Gay Place

Leaving The Gay Place

Billy Lee Brammer and the Great Society

Book - 2018
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Leaving the Gay Place tells a sweeping story of American popular culture and politics through the life and work of a writer who tragically exemplifies the highs and lows of the country at mid-century. Tracy Daugherty follows Brammer from the halls of power in Washington, DC, where he worked for Senate majority leader Johnson, to rock-and-roll venues where he tripped out with Janis Joplin, and ultimately to back alleys of self-indulgence and self-destruction. Constantly driven to experiment with new ways of being and creating - often fueled by psychedelics - Brammer became a cult figure for an America on the cusp of monumental change, as the counterculture percolated through the Eisenhower years and burst out in the sixties. In Daugherty's masterful recounting, Brammer's story is a quintessential American story, and Billy Lee is our wayward American son.
Publisher: Austin :, University of Texas Press,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781477316351
1477316353
Branch Call Number: 813.54 B8156D
A 813.54 B8156D
Characteristics: 436 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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