ABSTRACT

When I first began to write a book on rock and politics at the end of the 1970s, I already had a title: "Another Boring Day in Paradise." Ten years later, that title seemed too optimistic and naive. So I turned to the title of one of my favorite rock songs-"We Gotta Get out of This Place," a song by the Animals that even in the 1960s expressed an anxiety and desperation I felt but did not understand. Today, almost everyone, even George Bush, would agree with its sentiment, although they might have different ideas about where we are and where we should go. This book is about the change of titles: the transition from one form of dissatisfaction to another and its significance to our common history.