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Ringolevio A Life Played for Keeps Citadel Underground

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Francisco Mime TroupeThe San Francisco Diggers combined Dada street theater with the revolutionary politics of free Slum alley saints they lit up the period by spreading the poetry of love and anarchy with broad strokes of artistic genius Their free store communications network of instant offset survival poetry along with an Indian inspired consciousness was the original white light of the era Emmett Grogan was the hippie warrior par excellence He was also a junkie amaniac a gifted actor a rebel hero and above all a pain in the ass to all his friends Ringolevio is half brilliant Abbie Hoffm. A fantastic book and autobiography I can't believe that this man did all the things in the book

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Ringolevio is the memorable tale of Emmett Grogan and the Diggers the irreverent urban guerrillas anti masters and masters of street theater who made San Francisco's Haight Ashbury a home putting on Grateful Dead dances in Golden Gate Park ladling out free stew to all comers in the park's Panhandle and keeping the peace with the cops While Kesey's Merry Prankster's were off tripping the light fantastic the Diggers were transforming the Haight from a seedy district of abandoned Victorian houses into an evanescent paradise on earthFor anyone who thinks that those were days only of peace love. I both love and hate this book Boy oh boy oh does it start good describing a game of ringolevio on the streets of Little Italy in 1950s New York Ringolevio is a sort of kid’s wargame in which the object was to capture the majority of the opposing team’s members and hold them in a “prison” while fighting off any attempt to free them It’s a kid’s game innocent and brutal at the same time Grogan’s at his best here limning the New York streets with hardboiled prose slapping down the names of gang members streets describing how a starter’s pistol shatters a window and how the game reaches a tragic endThis is a sort of autobiography though Grogan’s stand in is one Kenny Wisdom one of those allegorical names that you wish you came up with but didn’t yet might someday rip off for your own novel Kenny is unbelievably street wise smart and strong savvy One moment he’s a junkie; the next he’s in prison; the next he’s a proletariat sap who wins a scholarship to a tony academy And we believe it all Not because it’s believable but because Grogan lets it all spiel with a ease and naturalness just word after word This is what happenedSo in a way we believe that Kenny Wisdom broke into Park Ave apartments and liberated the wealth he found there We believe that he amassed enough of a fortune to tour Europe without concern To spend liberally To see what few have seen Kenny Wisdom apparently lives a charmed life Soon however Kenny realizes that he’s living a lie He’s no living an authentic life than those he sees on a movie screen He’s merely playing the role of Kenny Wisdom and as such he must create his own life After some consideration he names himself Emmett Grogan It’s at this point that the book completely falls apart as literature Up to here it’s been a kind of roller coaster a thrill ride of rebellion and anarchy an American middle finger to expectation and conformity That spirit continues from here but the writing doesn’t follow suitFrom here Emmett is a reporter He sees and writes He uses his book as a pulpit Emmett Grogan is one of the founders of the Diggers a group often called “anarchist” that created an alternative to the Flower Power mentality of the times Grogan’s point of view is essential be change you want Don’t just suggest how to clean up the slums simply clean them up Show people that the world is theirs if they have the guts to take it It's likely no coincidence that Emmett Grogan shares initials with another famous anarchistYes his book suffers in the second half He can’t pull off the story of the Diggers with panache But that doesn’t mean it’s not important According to Emmett the Diggers had a profound influence on the 60s counterculture Exposed to Leary he decried him as a fraud Given Jagger no than a puppet Ginsberg he respected Burroughs was the man Dylan fares wellFor a man that shunned the limelight throughout his career this book makes no sense Here Grogan is a stage hog He dominates pushing everybody else aside condemning cursing ranting What’s the deal EmmettGrogan probably had revolution down better than any of his contemporaries that it was better to lead by physical example than academic rhetoric This is not a good book It is however an essential one

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And flower power Ringolevio will be a revelation as it evokes the gritty urban sensibility that supplied the backbone to the community's free flights of fancyVastly entertaining Ringolevio is at once high adventure political screed social history and hyperbolic memoir This classic traces the story of Emmett Grogan a larger than life sixties legend of great controversy from the streets of New York to the heights of the HaightCitadel Underground's edition of Ringolevio features a new introducing by the actor Peter Coyote one of Grogan's oldest friends a fellow Digger and a veteran of the San. Loved his story An interesting book that is weirdly inspiring Before you exit this review hear me out Although his lifestyle was uite flawed Drug addict sexist selfish Emmett Grogan was unafraid of the cards life dealt him he took it on the chin and was unafraid to fight for beliefs and do the things he wished to do J'écris des Nouvelles et des Contes revelation as it evokes the gritty urban sensibility that supplied the backbone to the community's free flights of fancyVastly entertaining Ringolevio is at once high adventure political screed social history and hyperbolic memoir This classic traces the story of Emmett Grogan a larger than life sixties legend of great controversy from the streets of New York to the heights of the HaightCitadel Underground's edition of Ringolevio features a new introducing by the actor Peter Coyote one of Grogan's oldest friends a fellow Digger and a veteran of the San. Loved his story An interesting book that is weirdly inspiring Before you exit this Construire des personnages de fiction: Récit, roman, scénario, théâtre (Guide pratique) review hear me out Although his lifestyle was uite flawed Drug addict sexist selfish Emmett Grogan was unafraid of the cards life dealt him he took it on the chin and was unafraid to fight for beliefs and do the things he wished to do


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  1. says:

    An immensely faulty book arrogant hectoring repetitive self amused not to mention fantastically sexist and homophobic with touches of serious racism that still remains nonetheless somehow inspiring Like so many memoirists of the 60s Grogan is absolutely convinced he is right so much so that much of the book is given over to speeches he forces various leftistradical groups to listen to about how they should do what they're doing All of these speeches involve him showing up to a meeting unannounced having decided in advance that everyone involved is a lackey or a bourgeois or on a poverty vacation standing up and orating for what seems like hours about how worthless and stupid they are and how they should actually be doing things then immediately leaving without listening to what anyone else has to say So many people in the book are portrayed as villains and Grogan so heroic and always in the right that you eventually get that suspicious feeling from Grogan that you get from people who tell you about the hundreds of purely evil roommates they've had who've all fucked them eight ways from Sunday while they were just being decent individuals minding their own business This is not only suspicious and unbelievable but seriously boring superficial and uninspired Coupled with an attitude toward women that only lets them graduate sometimes from being attractive fucktoys abject contempt for ueer people and freuently inexcusable remarks about black people the book is pretty fucking hard to swallowYet at its core there's this truly valuable point made over and over again which was in part what the Diggers sought to communicate that politics is all just words and what matters is putting food in people's bellies making sure their heat is on in the winter and finding roofs under which people can sleep The Diggers worked hard to provide free food for a lot of people and that can't be denied The directness and utility of their purpose should remain an example of everyone who wants to help out other people It's just a shame that an idea as selfless and pure as that would be ultimately remembered in a book as selfish and tiresome as this


  2. says:

    A bit of a scumbag a lousy lay full of blarney sometimes puerile and petty minded after 400 pages I was fed up with this guy Still this was an interesting read


  3. says:

    I both love and hate this book Boy oh boy oh does it start good describing a game of ringolevio on the streets of Little Italy in 1950s New York Ringolevio is a sort of kid’s wargame in which the object was to capture the majority of the opposing team’s members and hold them in a “prison” while fighting off any attempt to free them It’s a kid’s game innocent and brutal at the same time Grogan’s at his best here limning the New York streets with hardboiled prose slapping down the names of gang members streets describing how a starter’s pistol shatters a window and how the game reaches a tragic endThis is a sort of autobiography though Grogan’s stand in is one Kenny Wisdom one of those allegorical names that you wish you came up with but didn’t yet might someday rip off for your own novel Kenny is unbelievably street wise smart and strong savvy One moment he’s a junkie; the next he’s in prison; the next he’s a proletariat sap who wins a scholarship to a tony academy And we believe it all Not because it’s believable but because Grogan lets it all spiel with a ease and naturalness just word after word This is what happenedSo in a way we believe that Kenny Wisdom broke into Park Ave apartments and liberated the wealth he found there We believe that he amassed enough of a fortune to tour Europe without concern To spend liberally To see what few have seen Kenny Wisdom apparently lives a charmed life Soon however Kenny realizes that he’s living a lie He’s no living an authentic life than those he sees on a movie screen He’s merely playing the role of Kenny Wisdom and as such he must create his own life After some consideration he names himself Emmett Grogan It’s at this point that the book completely falls apart as literature Up to here it’s been a kind of roller coaster a thrill ride of rebellion and anarchy an American middle finger to expectation and conformity That spirit continues from here but the writing doesn’t follow suitFrom here Emmett is a reporter He sees and writes He uses his book as a pulpit Emmett Grogan is one of the founders of the Diggers a group often called “anarchist” that created an alternative to the Flower Power mentality of the times Grogan’s point of view is essential be change you want Don’t just suggest how to clean up the slums simply clean them up Show people that the world is theirs if they have the guts to take it It's likely no coincidence that Emmett Grogan shares initials with another famous anarchistYes his book suffers in the second half He can’t pull off the story of the Diggers with panache But that doesn’t mean it’s not important According to Emmett the Diggers had a profound influence on the 60s counterculture Exposed to Leary he decried him as a fraud Given Jagger no than a puppet Ginsberg he respected Burroughs was the man Dylan fares wellFor a man that shunned the limelight throughout his career this book makes no sense Here Grogan is a stage hog He dominates pushing everybody else aside condemning cursing ranting What’s the deal Emmett?Grogan probably had revolution down better than any of his contemporaries that it was better to lead by physical example than academic rhetoric This is not a good book It is however an essential one


  4. says:

    As a good read not so much As a faithful account at least of the 1966 period when I knew the Diggers the best you will find Because he wrote about these events soon after they took place this book is a reliable chronology and examination of the time and place a far better resource than all the CNN Monterey Pop and Woodstock retrospectives that fixate on the same celebrities and the same hypeFirst a disclaimer in that I have not read the entire book but found a PDF of Part Three pp 201 498 online So I've not read about his early life and don't especially plan toClearly Emmett was no writer I agree with readers who find his writing arrogant full of braggadocio self centered I'll even add petulant incoherent cryptic and ineffective as his account moves into 1968 69 Emmett wasn't like that in person I remember him being very unassuming and treating us all as friends and euals the opposite of the attention seeking Abbott HoffmanIn 1966 I was 18 and Emmett was 23 I knew him and Billy when they started making the stew and bringing it to the Panhandle Like he says we invited the Diggers to make their stew in milk cans at our kitchen a few times After the Thanksgiving at the garagestore on Page Street I migrated to Manhattan's Lower East Side At separate times in 1967 I ran into Emmett and Billy on Saint Marks Place once or twice and also knew Abbott Hoffman I never saw them again I thankfully missed out on the so called Summer of Love in SF I came back to the Haight in May 1968 and I wasn't into all the politics But the Haight had become just like Emmett says a real zoo and all the good vibes were gone


  5. says:

    Loved his story An interesting book that is weirdly inspiring Before you exit this review hear me out Although his lifestyle was uite flawed Drug addict sexist selfish Emmett Grogan was unafraid of the cards life dealt him he took it on the chin and was unafraid to fight for beliefs and do the things he wished to do


  6. says:

    I wrote this book Signed Emmett Grogan


  7. says:

    A fantastic book and autobiography I can't believe that this man did all the things in the book


  8. says:

    Is this truth and autobiography or histrionics than history? I don't mind that Eugene Emmett Grogan calls himself Kenny Wisdom for this first act of this memoir any than I care that Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse Five is not the real name of Vonnegut's comrade in arms Edward R Crone Jr I don't know that anything is not factual here it may all be psychologically correct Grogan did not appear to care enough about fact checking as to filling in details like looking up the name of Caresse Crosby to identify the Italian village's benefactor he heard about etc So maybe some things are misremembered or whatever Either way this is an activist who started on the NYC streets as a ruffian and user and died there at 36 from an overdose In between he traveled he co founded The Diggers and found a place in between Robin Hood and The Salvation Army to put his criminal inclinations and prodigious energy to work making a free frame of reference for hippies Black Panthers Methodists runaways and to consider as a lifestyle alternative Such prodigious energy that there was actually no one Emmett Grogan than one Dread Pirate Roberts? This author only calls such instances frauds and does name calling than name dropping Timothy Leary was drug pusher than prophet Abbie Hoffman a plagiarist and Eldridge Cleaver crazy and homicidal This is a uniue journey through the 60s Like most stories of that decade something coalesced post Beat that seemed beautiful full of potential while blossoming during The Summer of Love only to descend into murders lost friendships and substance abuse before the 70s were underway


  9. says:

    This is the strange but true story of a working class Irish kid from NYC who eventually became one of the core founders of The Diggers a radical anarchist collective serving free food to people in Haight Ashbury as well as providing free clothes and some social services to folks during the Summer of Love On the way to Haight Ashbury he works as a criminal in NYC flees to Italy lives there eventually studying film goes to Ireland and works with the IRA becomes a porn writer in London then comes back to America joining the San Francisco Mime Troupe which was different from the stereotypical but interesting miming associated with Marcel Marceau Ringelevio was the name of a street game that he played as a kid in his neighborhood


  10. says:

    An amazing story A really really amazing story Emmett Grogan's account is nigh on unbelievable but true though hyperbolic account of his rise from the streets of Brooklyn through heroin high class jewel thievery the Mafia Film school in Rome the IRA and finally the Haight Ashbury underground during the mid and late sixties Some parts of the story are pretty hard to take especially when sexism racism or homophobia raise their heads However the stories of the Diggers in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco and the births of the community anarchists and the free food movement are fabulous and the early part in New York is magical


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