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Friday, April 03, 2009

Mark Rudd to Appear in Santa Fe, ABQ, Silver City, Rio Rancho to Discuss Book and Film on SDS, Weathermen

Underground_cover_large Mark Rudd -- yes that Mark Rudd from the Sixties who's been a New Mexico resident for many years now -- will be appearing at El Museo Cultural at 1615 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe TODAY, Friday, April 3. He'll be reading and signing copies of his new book, Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. There will also be a showing of an award-winning Weather Underground documentary film from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, followed by a discussion with Rudd. Sarah West, world renowned Mystic Opera composer and performer, will open the event with a Song of Peace.

Rudd will also appear in Albuquerque on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:00 PM for a reading and booksigning at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW. He'll be in Silver City on Tuesday, April 14, from  5:00 to 7:00 PM for a  booksigning party at Javalina's Coffeehouse. On Thursday, April 16, he'll be in Rio Rancho at 6:30 PM for a reading and booksigning at the Esther Bone Library, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE. 

See Rudd's website for more information about the book and future dates on Mark's book tour.

Underground: My Life in SDS and the Weathermen was just published by HarperCollins and is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and, especially, your local independent bookseller.

Check out various book reviews here. From the book jacket:

In 1968, Mark Rudd led the legendary occupation of five buildings at Columbia University, a dramatic act of protest against the university’s support for the Vietnam War and its institutional racism. Rudd was the charismatic chairman of the Columbia chapter of SDS, Students for a Democratic Society, the largest radical student organization in the U.S. After a violent police bust, the Columbia occupation turned into a student strike that closed down the entire campus, turning Rudd into a national symbol of student revolt. Rudd went on to become the cofounder of the Weatherman faction of SDS which took control of the student organization and helped organize the notorious Days of Rage in Chicago in 1969.

But Mark Rudd wanted revolution.

Rudd and his friends sought to end war, racism, and injustice—by any means necessary, even violence. After a tragic turn that lead to the death of three members, who were killed when the bombs they were making in a Greenwich Village townhouse exploded, they transformed themselves into the Weather Underground Organization. By the end of 1970, after a string of non-lethal bombings by the organization, Rudd, now one of the FBI’s Most Wanted, went into hiding for more than seven years before turning himself in to great media fanfare.

In this gripping narrative, Rudd speaks out about this tumultuous period, the role he played in its crucial events, and its aftermath, revealing the drama and tension, as well as the naiveté of young activists, fighting in the name of peace and social justice, who believed that their actions mattered.

“I’ve spoken and answered questions at scores of colleges, high schools, community centers, and theatres about why my friends and I opted for violent revolution, and how I’ve changed my thinking and how I haven’t, and most of all, about the parallels between then and now,” Rudd writes. Powerful and shocking, Underground sheds new light on this controversial time that still haunts the nation.

April 3, 2009 at 12:30 PM in Books, Events, Film, Peace | Permalink


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