Life After America: A memoir about the wild and crazy 1960s (Paperback)

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Life After America: A memoir about the wild and crazy 1960s (Paperback)


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What would you do if your country was on the wrong side of history? Would you leave if you had the chance--even if leaving might ruin the rest of your life?

In 1967, Joseph Mark Glazner, a twenty-two-year-old American writer, left Los Angeles behind forever and became one of the first war resisters to go to Canada during the extremely divisive Vietnam War.

Life After America is Glazner's upbeat, personal memoir about his first two years in Canada as an FBI fugitive, new immigrant, tabloid writer, journalist, and John Lennon's accidental muse.

Glazner, an internationally acclaimed crime novelist, recounts with dark humor and the eye of a thriller writer his nearly bungled escape from the US, the sweetness and pitfalls of love in an era of sexual revolution, and his own youthful quest to make an impact on the world.

Like many new immigrants throughout history, Glazner soon discovered that physically emigrating was easier than emotionally leaving his homeland.

Consumed with exiting the US as his personal protest against the war, he thought little about where he was going. Canada was the closest safe haven, but he knew so little about it he thought Montreal was on the Atlantic Ocean somewhere north of Boston. He had no idea what Quebec separatists were.

In Canada, half the news coverage was American. He couldn't escape its impact. Glazner chronicles his own psychological turmoil as the war continued to escalate, and two men of reason--Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy--were shot dead. He watched with growing despair as Richard Nixon became President on the promise of a secret plan to quickly end the war. (Spoiler alert: There was no plan.)

In Canada, he marveled at the rise of Pierre Trudeau and agonized over the threat from terrorist bombs to Canada and to his own refuge.

Never a formal member of any protest or anti-war group, Glazner's quest to think for himself and draw his own conclusions will resonate with many today in an increasingly dangerous and polarized world.

While resistance and protest against violence are distinctive themes, Glazner's racy, picaresque, coming-of-age tale is also about a young writer surviving in the big city, falling in love, and hunting for his first big break.

Willing to try almost anything, Glazner hawked celebrity posters, wrote for small film companies, and worked as a futurist in a McLuhanesque think tank. Reinventing himself as a tabloid writer and editor at Montreal's notorious weekly, Midnight, Glazner reveals how some of the most outrageous stories of the day--from Jackie O's sex life to UFOs that killed people and sheep--were created during the birth of the supermarket tabloids.

For John Lennon fans, the third act of Glazner's memoir provides a fresh and unique look at one of the most memorable and zany counterculture events of the 1960s--John and Yoko's Montreal Bed-In for Peace in 1969.

Originally assigned as a freelance journalist to cover the event for North America's newest newspaper, the Sunday Express, Glazner became an aide-de-camp to John Lennon during the world's longest press conference, and the producer (uncredited) of the segment on war resisters for the Lennons' documentary Bed Peace.

More importantly, Glazner's Life After America solves one of the great mysteries of rock and roll lore by revealing for the first time in detail the true and serendipitous origins of John and Yoko's WAR IS OVER campaign.

For Americans, Life After America is a reminder of a time when the US lost its way and came close to surrendering its moral leadership of the free world.

Product Details ISBN: 9781775005803
ISBN-10: 1775005801
Publisher: Joseph Mark Glazner
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 234
Language: English