‘Groovy’ reviews

Groovy thoughts about ‘Groovy’

■ “Mark Voger’s ‘Groovy’ — a book as fascinating a read as it is glorious in its layout — goes well beyond the nostalgia of psychedelic peace, love, and the Banana Splits so many of us a certain age grew up with in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Voger, as he has so masterfully done in his previous books, explores the details as well as the importance of each subject, from the Beach Boys and the Doors, from ‘Yellow Submarine’ to ‘Easy Rider,’ and from Vietnam to Altamont. The best part of the book is his examination of the co-opting of Jesus as a hippie. Groovy is a treasure, a true and deep examination of a decade of American pop culture, recognizing it not as merely ephemeral, but as lingering and permanently imprinted on the American psyche.”
Bradley J. Birzer, Catholic World Report

■ “Super groovy!
Laura Allred, colorist of the graphic novel “Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns and Moonage Daydreams” (Insight Comics)

The book is packed with ’60s ephemera and lovingly designed with mindful respect of the source material.” Ed Catto, ComicMix columnist

■ “The many interviews with these iconic figures, paired with ‘before and after’ color photos throughout, makes ‘Groovy’s’ walk through time a revealing, important discussion recommended for any definitive reader of 1960s pop culture and for public libraries’ popular history sections.”
Diane Donovan, Donovan’s Bookshelf

■ “A highly entertaining read for fans of both ’60s pop culture and The Monkees.”
Monkees Live Almanac blog

“If you’re into ’60s music, then this book is a must, as Mark Voger did his own interviewing over the years, so this is a direct source. If you were too young to appreciate the time period, then this book will give you insight into the culture of the time. As Bob Dylan sung, ‘Times were a-changing,’ and the 1960s was the place it started.” — Geoff Willmetts, SFCrowsNest.com

“An awesome anthology of the ’60s … It’s quite an extensive and colorful look at those times.”  — Jim Krut (a.k.a. the “helicopter zombie” in George A. Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead”)

■ “This book is a joy to behold.”  Steve Fodor, Too Much Scrolling podcast co-host

“An explosion of color.”  Chip Hessenflow, Too Much Scrolling podcast co-host

“Author Mark Voger clearly knows what he is writing about. In his autobiographical introduction, he recalls how it was to be 12 years old in 1970, and how revelatory it was to visit the head shop at a New Jersey shopping mall … ultimately decorating his bedroom with selected purchases: a skull ashtray and a black-and-white poster of Raquel Welch in her animal-skin bikini from ‘One Million Years B.C .’ He also relates a June, 1969, encounter at the Moorestown Mall in New Jersey with Tiny Tim, who was on a tour to promote his book ‘Beautiful Thoughts.’ Voger was a firsthand witness to Tim’s adroit handling of some dismissive ‘mall hoodlums.’ Any Baby Boomer reading Voger’s memories of adolescence during the Groovy Era will undoubtedly smile with their own recollections.”  J. Higgins, Amazon review (five stars)

■ “Fully illustrated in color and featuring interviews, history and more on topics as diverse as ‘The Brady Bunch,’ the Beatles, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and comic book artist Jim Steranko, ‘Groovy’ is as trippy as its name implies, taking readers on a psychedelic pop-culture romp through a controversial, yet colorful time. I loved it.”  Brett Weiss, Amazon review (five stars)