Akashic Books

1967: How I Got There and Why I Never Left: A Memoir


Akashic Books

1967: How I Got There and Why I Never Left: A Memoir

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The great eccentric of British psychedelia―beloved by everyone from Led Zeppelin and R.E.M. to the late Jonathan Demme―pens a singularly unique childhood memoir . . .

“A bright, nostalgic look at the exhilaration of 1967, this book―illustrated throughout with Hitchcock’s surreal sketches―will appeal to not only the author’s many fans but also anyone interested in the music and culture from the golden age of psychedelia. Wistfully reflective reading.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Memoirists rarely begin their work with a stroke of genuine inspiration, and Robyn Hitchcock’s ingenious idea to limit his account of his life to the titular year gives this sharp, funny, finely written book an unusually keen, wistful intensity without sacrificing its sense of the breathtaking sweep of time. I absolutely adored every line of 1967 and every moment I spent reading it.” ―Michael Chabon, author of Telegraph Avenue

1967: HOW I GOT THERE AND WHY I NEVER LEFT explores how that pivotal slice of time tastes to a bright, obsessive-compulsive boy who is shipped off to a hothouse academic boarding school as he reaches the age of thirteen―just as Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited starts to bite, and the Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band explodes.

When he arrives in January 1966, Robyn Hitchcock is still a boy pining for the comforts of home and his family’s loving au pair, Teresa. By December 1967, he’s mutated into a 6’2? tall rabid Bob Dylan fan, whose two ambitions in life are to get really high and fly to Nashville.

In between―as the hippie revolution blossoms in the world outside―Hitchcock adjusts to the hierarchical, homoerotic world of Winchester, threading a path through teachers with arrested development, some oafish peers, and a sullen old maid―a very English freak show. On the way he befriends a cadre of bat-winged teenage prodigies and meets their local guru, the young Brian Eno. 

At the end of 1967, all the ingredients are in place that will make Robyn Hitchcock a songwriter for life. But then again, does 1967 ever really end?

Author: Robyn Hitchcock
Publisher: Akashic Books
Page Count: 224pp
Size: 5.5 x 8.75
Notes: hardcover
Date of Publication: July 2, 2024
ISBN: 978-1636142067