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  July 14, 2017

Danny Goldberg: In Search of the Lost Chord

The music industry insider discusses his new book about the summer of love and the changing business of music.


Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

Danny Goldberg is the president of Gold Village Entertainment and has managed artists including Nirvana and Sonic Youth during his decades-long career. His most recent book, In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea, is a look at the music, culture and search for enlightenment of that year. Goldberg compares the good vibes of 1967 to a psychedelic trip that came down into the turmoil of the late 60s with the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. He discusses that brief moment in time as an earnest search for integrity and authenticity, one that left traces in such contemporary icons as Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey. And, Goldberg says, while the music industry has always straddled the line between commercialism and authenticity, many artists have not “sold out,” and music continues to be a positive force for young people.

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