This Saturday at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago – Did It! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary


“America hasn’t lost its way, just its sense of humor and the sound of Jerry Rubin’s laughter, as captured in Pat Thomas’ excellent book. Thomas’s writing combines a true fan’s enthusiasm and curiosity with an aficionado’s deep knowledge of music, politics and pop culture, not to mention the kind of intellectual’s wiseass skepticism that would have made Lester Bangs a kindred spirit.” 
~ Rex Weiner, author of The Woodstock Census & The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

Pat Thomas DID IT! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary Book Tour
Saturday March 31st from 3 pm to 4:30 pm FREE
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637


Joined in conversation by Bill Ayers (Weather Underground) and Nancy Kurshan (Yippies)

2018 is the 50th Anniversary of Jerry Rubin and the Yippies invading the streets of Chicago during the Democratic National Convention! About the book: Did It! Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary is an oversized oral & visual history of the infamous and ubiquitous Rubin – the first ever biography of the co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago 8 defendant, New Age/Self Help proponent, and social-networking pioneer.

After a surfeit of books about Abbie Hoffman, here’s the first ever biography of his Yippie running mate Jerry Rubin! Based upon over 75 original interviews with his co-conspirators, friends and foes, this book not only explores the life and times of Rubin, but the generation that consisted of idealistic firebrands in the 1960s, segued into the Me generation in the 1970s, and became full blown capitalists engaged in the 1980s.

Interviews include fellow Chicago 8 Defendants, participants in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement; Paul Krassner, Judy Gumbo, Nancy Kurshan, John & Leni Sinclair, Bobby Seale, Rennie Davis, Lee Weiner, Country Joe McDonald and dozens more reveal, in their own words, vibrant stories of the era. Often left out in histories of the radical sixties, twenty women speak out in their own voice!

Bizarre interactions with luminaries including Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Timothy Leary, and John Lennon are described via interviews and diaries (found in Rubin’s personal archives and published here for the first time) along with photographs and correspondence with Norman Mailer, Eldridge Cleaver, Mayor Daley and the Weathermen. Also explored is the oft-misunderstood relationship between Rubin and his partner-in-crime Abbie Hoffman with controversial insights into their Yippie vs. Yuppie debates.

Pat Thomas is also the author of Listen, Whitey! The sights & sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 and the co-curator of Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 (all three published by Fantagraphics). He has lectured at Hunter College, USC, University of Copenhagen, George Washington University, University of East London and was a consultant to the PBS documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Bill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, Fugitive Days and Public Enemy. Nancy Kurshan was a staff member of the National Mobilization Committee Against the War for the 1967 march at the Pentagon. A founding member of the Yippies, she helped organize the 1968 Democratic Convention protests and worked on the Chicago 8 trial. Nancy attended the 1970 Stockholm Peace Conference, traveled to Vietnam in May 1970, and helped stage anti-war demonstrations outside the U.S. Consulate in Moscow and in Kent, Ohio. She worked as a social worker for 20 years in the Chicago Public Schools and is on the Board of Directors of Pedro Albizu Campos High School in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community.

Saturday March 31st (3 to 4:30 pm)
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Special guests: Bill Ayers (Weather Underground) & Nancy Kurshan (Yippie)
5751 S Woodlawn Ave,
Chicago, IL