ANTHEM is coming: chapter 6

ANTHEM, Book 3 of the Sixties Trilogy, publishes on October 1. Each of the book's 47 chapters begins with a song from the Sixties to set the tone, mood, and scene. Every day between now and October 1, come have a listen and read a snippet from each chapter.

This is Chapter 6 (day 42):

"I'm a Believer"
Written by Neil Diamond
Performed by the Monkees
Recorded at unattributed studio, New York, NY 1966
Drummer: Micky Dolenz (concert); Buddy Saltzman (studio)


"What's this?" I pick my way over the spilled tools and follow him out of the bus and around to its opened hood.
"It's an underground newspaper. Printed in Atlanta. Barry hooked me up with it."
"What's it for?"
"What it's against is more like it. It's anti-establishment."
"Nevermind," he says. He begins jimmying the hood. "Live music, that's what it's for."
"Where?" This could be bad.
Norman lets the hood fall and then slams it shut with a bang. He looks me in the eye.
"Everywhere, cuz. Everywhere."

The Monkees made music videos before there were music videos, thanks to their Monday night television show in the mid-Sixties. I watched it religiously. I think Molly must, too.

Chapter 6: packing and preparing the bus, arguing through the whole thing, getting ready to go.

Tomorrow, chapter 7 -- launch day. Leaving Charleston behind and going out into the world.

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