Theodore Roszak Dies At 77

TheodoreRoszakDr. Theodore Roszak died in his home on July 5th at the age of 77. Roszak was an expert on the ‘young generation’s drug-fueled revolt against authority’ during the 1960s and wrote the book on counterculture, literally. Best known for his writings, such as The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America’s Most Audacious Generation and Where the Wasteland Ends: Politics and Transcendence in Postindustrial Society. Though he is now gone, his ideas and influences continue to affect America’s society. Via The New York Times:

Theodore Roszak, who three weeks after the Woodstock Festival in 1969 not only published a pivotal book about a young generation’s drug-fueled revolt against authority but also gave it a name — “counterculture” — died on July 5 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 77.

His wife, Betty, in confirming the death, said he had been treated for liver cancer and other illnesses.

Dr. Roszak’s book “The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society” had gone to press months before the music festival was held in August that year, displaying the exuberance and excesses of a generation rebelling against war and seeking new ways to be and think.

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