5 Stars: 60s Playlist Please
As Gen Xers, we grew up with the consistency of being bombarded by things of yesteryears directly influencing our culture with a mixed feeling of admiration (civil rights, music, anti-war ) and disdain (the 70s, 80s greed, and more war) for "baby boomers." Gen Xers are the disrespected middle child caught between the world made by the baby boomers and the world inherently for millennials ( not a diss on Gen Y or Gen Z ). For a Gen Xer like me, I am still fascinated with 60s culture and movements, furthering my awe by reading "Something's Happening Here: A Memoir of the 60s" by Dennis Hicks, perhaps the most personal glimpse of innocence lost and heartfully written books about "baby boomers."
The most substantial parts of "Something's Happening Here: A Memoir of the 60s" is the sexual awakening or the sexual revolution of the 60s. The awakening to the meaning of sexual expression and liberation for baby boomers is an experience future generations can't enjoy, not that we are repressed, but with the internet, our awakenings are just marred in unrealistic ideas and lacking in innocence. As Dennis writes about "Mavis," I am transformed into a witness or classmate in his "Renaissance art class" as Dennis paints a picture of profound sexual discovery. I realized this is excellent memoir writing because it's not just about sexual awakings but more about waking up to the lies about sex, how threatening this had to be for the establishment. Waking up is revolutionary.
There are crucial tense moments from Dennis's POV and the people that Dennis encounters helped shape his memoir into a great American experience. Something's Happening Here: A Memoir of the 60s" makes being an activist during the civil rights era and the Vietnam war feel right, an inspiration for some of us fighting against the regression to the 50s.