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Saturday, April 20, 2019

TITLE: Author Event: Ryan Walsh "Astral Weeks A Secret History of 1968" TB
TIME: 1-3 pm
LOCATION: Event Room
DESCRIPTION: 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. In his first book, acclaimed musician and journalist Ryan H. Walsh unearths the album's fascinating backstory, along with the untold secrets of the time and place that birthed it: Boston 1968. Ryan is a musician and journalist. His culture writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Vice, and Boston Magazine. He was a finalist for the Missouri School of Journalism's City and Regional Magazine Award for his feature on Van Morrison's year in Boston, from which this book developed. Ryan lives in Boston with his wife, the acclaimed singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler. "One of the finest books written about Boston, Walsh weaves the stories of luminaries who had crucial experiences in Boston, Morrison, Lou Reed, Timothy Leary, James Brown around the forgotten and often astonishing history of the city when it was old, weird, and grimy" - Boston Magazine "Astral Weeks unearths the time and place behind the music ... A book full of discoveries ...A fantastic chronicle" - Rolling Stone

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