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Mike Davis and Jon Wiener discuss “Set the Night on Fire” in conversation with Erin Aubry Kaplan and Danny Widener
August 14 @ 2:30 pmFree
Los Angeles in the sixties was a hotbed of political and social upheaval. The city was a launchpad for Black Power–where Malcolm X and Angela Davis first came to prominence and the Watts uprising shook the nation. The city was home to the Chicano Blowouts and Chicano Moratorium, as well as being the birthplace of “Asian American” as a political identity. It was a locus of the antiwar movement, gay liberation movement, and women’s movement, and, of course, the capital of California counterculture.Mike Davis and Jon Wiener provide the first comprehensive movement history of L.A. in the sixties, drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of interviews with principal figures, as well as the authors’ storied personal histories as activists.