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Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture is the inspirational life story of one of Abbie Hoffman, cofounder of the Yippie movement and one of the most important activists of the twentieth century. Hoffman recounts his growing involvement in the student movement as it rose to national prominence, giving behind-the-scenes details about the historic protests at the 1968 Democratic CSoon to Be a Major Motion Picture is the inspirational life story of one of Abbie Hoffman, cofounder of the Yippie movement and one of the most important activists of the twentieth century. Hoffman recounts his growing involvement in the student movement as it rose to national prominence, giving behind-the-scenes details about the historic protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention and subsequent Chicago conspiracy trial, his "levitation' of the Pentagon, and his friendships with other movement leaders. This new edition includes a selection of photographs documenting his continuing activism in the 1980s and a new Afterword by leading historian Howard Zinn about Hoffman's enduring legacy....

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Number of Pages : 286 Pages
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  • Alicedewonder
    2019-02-23 10:28

    Some forgot and some just don't know what happened in the 60s. According to Hoffman The Rolling Stone Magazine was the Benedict Arnold of the movements.Runaway children needing a guide because they were lost in child abusive homes.The CIA's dispensing of LSD and so many other atrocities.Loaded history Hoffman provides enlightenment to a world that could have started a more perfect union.It is this premiss that my 1st 4 novels are written. Hear the Calliope: A sentimental journey on the EarthRide (Vol 1) The 60s Indian style Legacy: Let the games begin (Vol 2) Haudenosaunee overthrow Void of Reason: Spirituality honeymoon style (Vol 3) Iroquois erotica (Vol 4) REVENGE; the only satisfying song

  • Claire
    2019-02-22 02:22

    By far one of my favorite books. It helps if you also have his book 'Revolution for the Hell of it' It's like reading it with a Coles notes so you can get a more detailed idea of the protests he put on. He's truly amazing. You don't need facebook or the internet to organize a protest. You don't need to explain to every person that shows up why they should be upset and the legal bull shit. If they are there they are interested. A prankster at heart and a smart one to boot. Charisma coming out of every pore.Ok that's it I'm going to read this book again. It's so good.What blows my mind is that apparently he committed suicide??? Don't know if I believe that one.

  • Adam
    2019-03-14 10:23

    I picked this book off my shelf randomly the other night. I bought it probably 6 years ago or more from a library sale. I had just finished issue #52 of Cometbus and was looking for something to accompany me to bed early that night. I brewed some herbal tea and started reading by the glow of my lime-colored bedside light. 5 Hours later, I was halfway done with the book and panicking that soon I would need to get out of bed to go to work. The following night, I did the same, closing my eyes and turning off the light with just 15 pages left. After a strong cup of coffee, I jumped on the bus, and finished the book on the way to work. I was so engrossed by this book, I was kind of scared.I was surprised. I expected Abbie to be an asshole, a perhaps unintelligent, though inspiring prankster and hell-raiser. Indisputably a prankster hell-raiser, he also presents himself as a nice guy and an informed dissident in this autobiography. Acknowledging the various professors who radicalized him, he explains: “realizing the anti-intellectual character of American life, I always claimed I got my ideas by watching television. That was of course a put-on, nobody ever learned much watching television. I studied with the greatest gurus of the fifties” (26).Abbie is a community organizer, and a creative one at that. More than a hippie celebrity, he goes to pains to show that Yippies were activated hippies--intentional and pro-active. As Abbie tells his version of many definitive moments of the 60s (Woodstock, the ‘68 Democratic Convention, the Columbia University occupation, etc.), he makes the case for cultural revolutionary activity. Abbie was in love with America, but hated its government. He drew inspiration from American pop culture and history, and it doesn’t seem as though he just did it for rhetorical purposes. Reflecting on his first taste of organizing by participating in an ACLU event against red-baiting he writes: “I fell in love with America that night. Cornfields. Town meetings. Niagara Falls. hot dogs. Parades. Red Sox double headers. America was built by people who wanted to change things. It was founded on strong principles. I saw myself as a Son of Liberty, riding through the night, sounding the alarm” (49). The “Americanness” of Hoffman’s anarchism intrigues me. It seems that so much of the left youth movement in the 60s evoked patriotism in its dissent. Our context is so different than his was. Today’s left is very much on the defensive against accusations of “unAmericanness.” Today, extreme right groups lay claim to America, evident even by the names they choose for themselves: the “Minutemen” or the “Tea Party.” Returning to Abbie himself, his brilliance lies in his analysis of protest as theater and spectacle, and his analysis of the media. He sort of sneaks into the book a theoretical framework to justify his antics and activism. Though he names some people like Marcuse, it seems that he draws heavily from some others that are unmentioned--Henri Lefebvre and Guy Debord, for example. You hear the voices of writers like these when Abbie writes: “America has more television sets than toilets....if labor was the essential ingredient for production, then information was that ingredient for mass communication. A modern revolutionary group headed for the television station, not the factory. It concentrated its energy on infiltrating and changing the image system” (86). Examples of putting these ideas to action are phony press releases (now commonly practiced by culture-jamming groups) and creating media stunts like the infamous event of showering dollar bills onto the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, causing the traders to stop their work and fight over the money (interrupting the flow of capital with capital itself!), and thereby making the traders unwitting subjects of press coverage. Not to mention the famous Chicago 8 trial, in which Abbie and the others used the medium of the court and the press as a platform to put U.S. imperialism “on trial.”Like the Situationists, part of Abbie’s thinking is to call attention to the media apparatus and challenge the production of images. He writes, “there is nothing more radical you can talk about on TV than TV itself” (117). He recounts how, while being interviewed on television, he focused on looking into the camera, rather than at the interviewer, uncomfortably causing the viewer to become conscious of the medium. Similarly, during commercial breaks he would stand up, engage audience members, and try to provoke them. When the show was to resume, some audience members would still be returning shouts to Abbie. The effect was that T.V. viewers would become aware of the the studio audience and production of the show itself.While it’s fun to hear about these actions and it’s interesting to reflect on the ideas behind them, what really impresses me is Abbie’s effectiveness to reach American youth where they were at and mobilize enormous numbers of kids to action. Abbie was ahead of his time in at least two more ways. First, unlike almost everybody else in the 60‘s, his activism was not constrained by any ideological orthodoxy. Second, he had no naive or insulting ideas about vanguardism, and, at least in retrospect through his writing, was self-aware the privilege of youth activism and the limitations of its tactics, if performed in isolation: “Never for a moment did I believe guerilla theater or ‘monkey warfare,’ as I had come to call it, could alone stop the war in Vietnam” (126).

  • Gordon Hilgers
    2019-03-13 07:36

    This is the third time I have read this amazing autobiography, and now that I am older and can see more clearly, it is obvious that, if anything, Abbie Hoffman is a true American hero of the legendary variety. A student of Herbert Marcuse ("One Dimensional Man") and the great psychologist, Abraham Maslow, Hoffman could have done anything he wanted to do. He started out like all of us do, accepting the status quo and living for a successful future of economic satisfaction, and then discovered the Freedom Riders. Risking his life in Mississippi, he was nearby when the three riders were discovered in Philadelphia, Mississippi, dead at the hands of bigots. Returning to New York City, his home, he threw himself into civil rights activism, and, like many, realized that protesting against the Vietnam war was also a matter of civil rights. Teaming up with Jerry Rubin, the organizing and more political of the duo, Hoffman, an expert in street theater and guerrilla mind-messing, is famous for throwing $3,000 onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and actually halting trading as brokers scrambled for what they really want, and is equally renowned for his Pentagon freak-out in which he first sent-in witches to exorcise the Pentagon and then 50,000 hippie protesters to "levitate" the giant military complex. Hoffman needs to be put into the pantheon of greats like Ida Tarbell and Harriet Tubman and Thoreau. He should never be forgotten. This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Abbie paved the way. Occupy could have learned plenty from him.

  • Eric
    2019-03-19 08:19

    Love him or hate him, Abbie Hoffman more than just a celebrity during the late 60’s early 70’s. Without his unorthodox leadership and social contributions, the Vietnam War and other political ills of that time would never been addressed. This truly is his autobiography, and you get the feel for what his motivations were for getting politically involved and how he changed public dissent forever through mass media (remember television still was in it infancy). As this is an autobiography you have to measure that there is no third party objectivity, and that part of Hoffman’s leadership was fueled by his own ego. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and got a better insight into my childhood environment than I had before.

  • Mark Stalcup
    2019-02-26 04:18

    Abbie Hoffman is funny, glib, and his words on how the Yippies used Madison Avenue techniques to spread their message, and the Chicago Seven trial, are fascinating modern history. That said, he's not the most reliable narrator. For example, he denies Pete Townsend ever kicked him off the stage at Woodstock during a political harangue with one well-placed sweep of his guitar. Swears it never happened. The problem? Yeah, Townsend did, and the audio verite moment is on the Who's Maximum R&B box set. Ah well. They always say if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't really there. This may be proof.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-13 02:16

    Also called Soon To Be a Major Motion Picture, this is the autobiography of a true radical and all round interesting person. His life had some major bumps and he obviously made some terrible decisions, but that really serves to make the book interesting. This book is ***** for me because of its coverage of the hippy and yippie movements and the scene of the late sixties Lower East Side as well as the anti-war protests and the Chicago Seven trial. It takes some time to get to the good parts though the first chapters are worthwhile so you can kinda hear of the midcentury Jewish upbringing and get a little background on Abbie.

  • Taylor W. Rushing
    2019-03-17 09:35

    Abbie,Waht can I say about you sir? I must say that I had lower expectations of you as a human being and after reading your book, I was quite impressed by the way you portrayed yourself. Modest with a hint of self criticism. Well done.My personal favorite part of your book is when you reach your revolutionary almost "rite of passage" when you become a chapter leader for the NAACP. I appreciated your lack of remorse for the white and black people of Tennesee.Thank You

  • Chris
    2019-02-27 05:12

    I adore Abbie. He shaped so much of who I am and what I believe. Of course I loved this book! Everyone should know Abbie.

  • Raquel
    2019-03-15 10:16

    Fun read by a crazy guy.

  • Sheehan
    2019-03-20 07:23

    As an insider to a very convulsive part of US history, Abbie Hoffman's autobiography was interesting on an individual and holistic level of the era he occupied.As a community organizer and eventual Yippie, he shares tales of growth from a proposition gambler, grad student to a wanted fugitive of the state and all sorts of interactions along the way. As a member of the Chicago 7/8 trial, the writing about the inside backroom details of the trial were very engaging and eye-opening re: the degree to which state, federal and intelligence parties colluded to ensure justice was maligned.Great book for any US History course, or young adult looking to enter the fray of organizing and activism.

  • Erik Graff
    2019-02-18 09:28

    My one outstanding memory of Abbie Hoffman is of being downtown in Chicago during the Conspiracy Trial and seeing him cross a busy, congested street by clambering over the hoods of the cars blocking the crosswalk. Usually I'd rather disdained him and Jerry Rubin for being too silly, but watching this made me laugh. I hadn't been quite so serious in high school when Rich Hyde loaned me Hoffman's Steal This Book. That also made me laugh, repeatedly.This amounts to Hoffman's autobiography and, as such, repeats some of the stories from Revolution for the Hell of It and Steal This Book. Still, after all these years, the reminiscence was pleasant.

  • Pete
    2019-02-21 08:36

    Abbie Hoffman's life is both an inspiration and a strong discouragement. His activist years were exciting, and serve as a prime example of how social and political awareness can be applied into positive actions. His later years show the strain those years of fighting had done to him. After coping with mental illness and extreme paranoia, Hoffman committed suicide. It's a shame that human culture seems so intent on devouring the people that try and change it for the better, or even those that glimpse a better potential.

  • Ubie
    2019-03-18 10:27

    want to be inspired, looking for a change, driving to get a piece of history. Well grab your favorite reading spot and all the other necessities and cuddle up with a real ride that focuses on truth. First of all, i've never been an extreme political idealist but i do get high off listening to others speak of their passions. The writing throughiut these pages simply invites the reader to become a better person and that as simply as it is put , is all you need to know.

  • Mark Reps
    2019-02-18 02:28

    Bernie Sanders took a page from Abbie's playbook " "Work" utopian terms we called for total unemployment, isinsiting that machines do the slave work. That money be abolished. That art replace labor. The BLM movement has "borrowed" heavily in their organizational tactics from Abbie as well. Now I must read Revolution for the Hell of it!

  • Alex
    2019-03-15 04:20

    autobiography of abbie hoffman. wow, this guy REALLY lived the 60s. he was at all the right places at the right moments. i never realized before how politically-focused he (or the Yippies) was, or how serious an anarchist he was for that matter. very nice book! readable, funny, and deeply culturally and politically interesting.

  • Trey
    2019-02-21 10:30

    Abbie Hoffman led a pretty amazing life. He died by suicide, succumbing to his bipolar disorder in the late 80s. This autobiography was written sometime in the early 80s, I think. It was definitely after his years in hiding. An interesting read.

  • Joel
    2019-02-23 06:23

    took me back to the 60s and how we're still fighting so many of the same battles in this country - military/industrial complex, corporate threats to democracy, etc. and that Abbie was a very funny guy and an incredible activist. It's hard to believe he was only 11 years younger than my Dad.

  • Sasha
    2019-03-04 02:34

    If you want to understand the 1960s and American counterculture, if you want to read about a home-grown American radical revolutionary, read this book. Despite his flaws, Abbie became a personal hero of mine after I read this book.

  • Allan
    2019-03-17 10:24

    An interesting Autobiography of the intruiging life of 60's activist Abbie Hoffman. Really gives a feeling for what was going on behind the scenes of the cultural revolution.

  • Ayn
    2019-03-20 06:24

    i love a man who challenges the authority, and the status quo.

  • Holly
    2019-02-19 10:24

    I read this after reading his biography and I feel like he embellished quite a bit.

  • Matt
    2019-02-19 06:35

    Abbie is a great writer and this book gives a funny, serious, and detailed account of his antics, politics, and underground life. Worth it.

  • Marci
    2019-03-10 02:09

    I loved reading Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture. Abbie Hoffman is one of a kind. The book is written in a quick, direct, and funny manner (just like Abbie).

  • Megan
    2019-02-17 05:17

    This book was excellent.

  • James
    2019-03-11 07:23

    Pretty good, pretty funny story about Abbie Hoffman and his beginnings. Even though Hoffman is a bit of a egotist, the stuff he did was pretty interesting at the time.

  • Nathaniel Miller
    2019-03-02 07:08

    Hilarious and inspiring.

  • Frederic Pierce
    2019-03-04 06:13

    Abbie Hoffman spoke at Cornell the year after I read this. He impressed me. Soon after, he killed himself.