Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-...

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Title:Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968
Author:Ryan H. Walsh
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Genres:Music
ISBN:0735221340
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 Reviews

  • Tad Richards
    Mar 18, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

  • Matt
    Mar 09, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

  • Eric
    Apr 20, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

  • Whitney
    Apr 08, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

  • Jason Rabin
    Apr 07, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

  • Christine
    Jan 20, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

  • Jennifer Ozawa
    Jul 02, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

  • Barbara
    Jul 24, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

  • Quentin
    Jan 10, 2019

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    There are many questions floating around in my head after reading Astral Weeks. Near the top are ?Should I finally put in the time with Van Morisson?s Astral Weeks? and ?How did I miss all this!?. Astral Weeks is more than just history, it deserves to be studied. And reall...

    I was never a big fan of Van Morrison's album "Astral Weeks," but recently I discovered a live bootleg concert by Morrison that took place at a tiny club in Boston in 1968, at which Morrison previewed some of the songs later to appear on that famous album. Ryan Walsh, author of "Astral...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    A great book for those interested in the 1960s counterculture - with focus usually on San Francisco and New York City it is great to read more about Boston; another reviewer complained about "random" things but the book clearly shows multiple connections between its main strands - a di...

    A riveting psychogeographical tour around Boston in the late '60s, using the creation of Van Morrison's ethereal masterpiece (Astral Weeks) as a lens. Walsh starts with Van Morrison's escape (from gangsters, from fame, from a crappy record contract) to Boston in 1968, where he began pl...

  • Alan
    May 05, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    There are many questions floating around in my head after reading Astral Weeks. Near the top are ?Should I finally put in the time with Van Morisson?s Astral Weeks? and ?How did I miss all this!?. Astral Weeks is more than just history, it deserves to be studied. And reall...

    I was never a big fan of Van Morrison's album "Astral Weeks," but recently I discovered a live bootleg concert by Morrison that took place at a tiny club in Boston in 1968, at which Morrison previewed some of the songs later to appear on that famous album. Ryan Walsh, author of "Astral...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

  • Maureen Stanton
    Jun 07, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

  • Rob
    Aug 20, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    There are many questions floating around in my head after reading Astral Weeks. Near the top are ?Should I finally put in the time with Van Morisson?s Astral Weeks? and ?How did I miss all this!?. Astral Weeks is more than just history, it deserves to be studied. And reall...

    I was never a big fan of Van Morrison's album "Astral Weeks," but recently I discovered a live bootleg concert by Morrison that took place at a tiny club in Boston in 1968, at which Morrison previewed some of the songs later to appear on that famous album. Ryan Walsh, author of "Astral...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    A great book for those interested in the 1960s counterculture - with focus usually on San Francisco and New York City it is great to read more about Boston; another reviewer complained about "random" things but the book clearly shows multiple connections between its main strands - a di...

    A riveting psychogeographical tour around Boston in the late '60s, using the creation of Van Morrison's ethereal masterpiece (Astral Weeks) as a lens. Walsh starts with Van Morrison's escape (from gangsters, from fame, from a crappy record contract) to Boston in 1968, where he began pl...

    A remarkable book that attempts to relive the tumultuous 60's through the lens of one year in one town, Boston 1968. Lots of interesting tidbits about Van Morrison in the infancy of his career. Some nice Janet Planet quotes for those of us who remember her liner notes. Talk of LSD, com...

  • Darcia Helle
    Jul 27, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

  • Martin
    Apr 29, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

  • Django Laić
    Apr 24, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

  • Paul Savage
    Dec 22, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    There are many questions floating around in my head after reading Astral Weeks. Near the top are ?Should I finally put in the time with Van Morisson?s Astral Weeks? and ?How did I miss all this!?. Astral Weeks is more than just history, it deserves to be studied. And reall...

    I was never a big fan of Van Morrison's album "Astral Weeks," but recently I discovered a live bootleg concert by Morrison that took place at a tiny club in Boston in 1968, at which Morrison previewed some of the songs later to appear on that famous album. Ryan Walsh, author of "Astral...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    A great book for those interested in the 1960s counterculture - with focus usually on San Francisco and New York City it is great to read more about Boston; another reviewer complained about "random" things but the book clearly shows multiple connections between its main strands - a di...

  • Andrea
    Mar 30, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

  • Matt Fitz
    Jun 23, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

  • Rebecca
    May 29, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

  • Ollie
    Oct 31, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    There are many questions floating around in my head after reading Astral Weeks. Near the top are ?Should I finally put in the time with Van Morisson?s Astral Weeks? and ?How did I miss all this!?. Astral Weeks is more than just history, it deserves to be studied. And reall...

  • Glenn
    Apr 12, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

  • Tony
    Aug 07, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    There are many questions floating around in my head after reading Astral Weeks. Near the top are ?Should I finally put in the time with Van Morisson?s Astral Weeks? and ?How did I miss all this!?. Astral Weeks is more than just history, it deserves to be studied. And reall...

    I was never a big fan of Van Morrison's album "Astral Weeks," but recently I discovered a live bootleg concert by Morrison that took place at a tiny club in Boston in 1968, at which Morrison previewed some of the songs later to appear on that famous album. Ryan Walsh, author of "Astral...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    A great book for those interested in the 1960s counterculture - with focus usually on San Francisco and New York City it is great to read more about Boston; another reviewer complained about "random" things but the book clearly shows multiple connections between its main strands - a di...

    A riveting psychogeographical tour around Boston in the late '60s, using the creation of Van Morrison's ethereal masterpiece (Astral Weeks) as a lens. Walsh starts with Van Morrison's escape (from gangsters, from fame, from a crappy record contract) to Boston in 1968, where he began pl...

    A remarkable book that attempts to relive the tumultuous 60's through the lens of one year in one town, Boston 1968. Lots of interesting tidbits about Van Morrison in the infancy of his career. Some nice Janet Planet quotes for those of us who remember her liner notes. Talk of LSD, com...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

  • Ed Mckeon
    Mar 21, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    There are many questions floating around in my head after reading Astral Weeks. Near the top are ?Should I finally put in the time with Van Morisson?s Astral Weeks? and ?How did I miss all this!?. Astral Weeks is more than just history, it deserves to be studied. And reall...

    I was never a big fan of Van Morrison's album "Astral Weeks," but recently I discovered a live bootleg concert by Morrison that took place at a tiny club in Boston in 1968, at which Morrison previewed some of the songs later to appear on that famous album. Ryan Walsh, author of "Astral...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

    A great book for those interested in the 1960s counterculture - with focus usually on San Francisco and New York City it is great to read more about Boston; another reviewer complained about "random" things but the book clearly shows multiple connections between its main strands - a di...

    A riveting psychogeographical tour around Boston in the late '60s, using the creation of Van Morrison's ethereal masterpiece (Astral Weeks) as a lens. Walsh starts with Van Morrison's escape (from gangsters, from fame, from a crappy record contract) to Boston in 1968, where he began pl...

    A remarkable book that attempts to relive the tumultuous 60's through the lens of one year in one town, Boston 1968. Lots of interesting tidbits about Van Morrison in the infancy of his career. Some nice Janet Planet quotes for those of us who remember her liner notes. Talk of LSD, com...

    This book seemed to be a hot item among music nerds, and the bits about Van Morrison hiding out from gangsters in Boston and coming up with what would be the legendary Astral Weeks album is enticing. And for that the book was pretty much worth it for me as I learned quite a few new thi...

    I was 15 in 1968. I remember attending a union gathering with my parents and wandering around the streets in my paisley shirt, dodging in and out of head shops, record stores and hippie boutiques only now realizing that the tiny bit of Bosstown that I experienced was like a turntable s...

  • Faith
    Mar 31, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

  • Michael  Malone
    Aug 14, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    There are many questions floating around in my head after reading Astral Weeks. Near the top are ?Should I finally put in the time with Van Morisson?s Astral Weeks? and ?How did I miss all this!?. Astral Weeks is more than just history, it deserves to be studied. And reall...

    I was never a big fan of Van Morrison's album "Astral Weeks," but recently I discovered a live bootleg concert by Morrison that took place at a tiny club in Boston in 1968, at which Morrison previewed some of the songs later to appear on that famous album. Ryan Walsh, author of "Astral...

    This was one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in a long time. It's a snapshot of music and cultural history in Boston in the late 1960s. Yet it was a part of its history that until now I was totally unaware. It seems Van Morrison wrote and performed one of ...

    I was really psyched to dig into this one, and found several parts of it quite interesting. But Astral Weeks did not do what it set out to do. I saw it as a book about Van Morrison's short time in greater Boston in 1968, and how it inspired him to come up with his album Astral Weeks. M...

  • Annie
    Sep 10, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

  • John Spiller
    Apr 30, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

  • Jack Saltzberg
    Apr 05, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

  • Dean Hanley
    Dec 15, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...

    This is a fascinating book, especially if you know Boston and can visualize the locations of this seemingly forgotten story of 1960s music, activism, and ideals. Walsh went deep in his research, and while I sometimes got lost in the many minor characters, I found the story fascinating....

    Originally a smaller piece on Van Morrison & his time in Boston during the summer of 1968 leading to his recording in the fall, in New York City, the landmark record album of the title. Those stories are fantastic & thrilling to read, evoking a Boston & Cambridge from anoth...

    Other reviewers have already said much of what I agree with. I was lured in by the title, expecting more about Van Morrison than what I got. Reading the Epilogue I realized that the author original wrote a shorter piece and then expanded it to a full book. Also the writer had a whole t...

    Born in 1968, I only discovered Van Morrison in my late teens in the 80s and felt like my parents' generation did me a disservice. That's what lured me to this book about 1968. Interesting look at not only Van Morrison, but the whole Boston music and scene, marketed as the "Bosstown So...

    Ryan H. Walsh ?Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968? ? dogodilo se u Bostonu Knjiga novinara i glazbenika Ryana H. Walsha vodi nas pedeset godina u pro?lost na ulice Bostona i detaljno i s puno ?ara opisuje mjesto i turbulento vrijeme u kojem su se zbivale razne ludosti, a...

    There are many questions floating around in my head after reading Astral Weeks. Near the top are ?Should I finally put in the time with Van Morisson?s Astral Weeks? and ?How did I miss all this!?. Astral Weeks is more than just history, it deserves to be studied. And reall...

    I was never a big fan of Van Morrison's album "Astral Weeks," but recently I discovered a live bootleg concert by Morrison that took place at a tiny club in Boston in 1968, at which Morrison previewed some of the songs later to appear on that famous album. Ryan Walsh, author of "Astral...

  • Jerome
    Jul 04, 2018

    I don't know for whom this book is intended. The title is clearly designed to lure fans of Van Morrison, and the lure worked on me. However, there is actually very little about Morrison and his work in this book. Instead there is a lot of random information about people and events in B...

    I did not expect it to be so beautifully written. Background: I graduated HS in the summer of 1968 in a town nearby to Boston and hid in my room and lived thru my radio. I visualized a lot of this since I could not get to Boston then. The story is really more about Boston popular...

    I found this book utterly riveting. I had no idea about the Lyman compound or any of the bands profiled here. The best nonfiction books feel like stories, and this one did. ...

    Guys, my phone's notes that were recording my thoughts on this book (read on a long train ride several weeks ago, I've been lazy about reviews) got accidentally deleted. So this will be a real short review. Basically, it was adequate for what it was, but ultimately the people writte...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. There were so many interesting stories and back stories in this book, that it either needed to be longer or to shorten its scope. The Fort Hill Community alone could have taken up the entire book, as could Van Morrison a...

    This book talked about a LOT of things I love. I did want to hear a little more about the general population and their experience of Boston in 1968 in contrast to the hippies and cult members and musicians he talks about here. The chapter on movies and the Boston strangler was my favor...

    I got this book because I am an epic fan of the album Astral Weeks, and Van Morrison. I didn't know that it was almost entirely a history of Boston, a city I know and love in 1968. If I knew Morrison lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts at some point, I'd forgotten. So what is there not t...

    What do The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, the Mob, The Bosstown sound, and an LSD based cult have in common? They were all active in Boston in 1968. I, like many others, read this because I thought it was going to be about the making of the album Astral ...

    I enjoyed the book but the title is a misnomer. It is a collection of chapters on the various counterculture happenings in Boston in 1968. It spends a lot more time on the Mel Lyman cult than it does on Astral Weeks but it is never less than interesting. ...

    My friend just wrote this one up: http://artsfuse.org/168480/book-music... And so did I, for The Baffler (!!!): https://thebaffler.com/latest/lost-in... ...

    This book is weird, interesting, disjointed, and probably not what you expect. First, if you're a Van Morrison fan and you're expecting this book to center around him and the 'Astral Weeks' album, you'll be disappointed. What we have is a hodgepodge of stuff going on in the Boston ...

    Before purchasing "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" by Ryan Walsh, you need to know a few things. (Don't worry, there's no spoilers.) First, it is not one of those book length explorations of the making of a classic rock album in the style of the 33 1/3 Series. Yes, Walsh explor...

    Not just a deep dive into the Boston origins of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, but a mosaic of the music and cultural scene surrounding them--centered in 1968, with flashbacks, flash forwards and on-theme digressions. As a participant in the local music scene who wasn't yet born in 1968 ...

    This is a (too?) detailed account of events that occurred in Boston/Cambridge in 1968. A chapter is devoted to each of: the end of the folk scene, Van Morrison's band, the groundbreaking TV show "What's Happening Mr. Silver?", the opening of the Boston Tea Party, the start of WBCN, the...

    You might expect a book that takes Van Morrison?s legendary album title for its own, and suggests that it will be about Morrison?s time in Boston creating this breakthrough music, to actually be about that. The bad news is that if that?s what the book is supposed to be about, ...

    Primarily enjoyable for its evocation of a time and place, dominated by the cult-like Fort Hill Community in Boston, the hallucinogenic 60's of Timothy Leary, and to a lesser extent, the recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. The writing style is well-paced and the interviews with P...