Daniel Weizmann

Daniel Weizmann is a critically-acclaimed journalist whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites, including the LA Times, Billboard, AP Newswire, Music Connection, among many others. He also writes bestselling books, including: 1967: A Complete History of the Summer of Love,  Turn Up the Radio, Drinking with Bukowski, and Cybershock. He was also the editor of Timothy Leary’s final collection of essays.

Daniel Weizmann on Gen Jones:
Daniel co-wrote a long (12,000 word) widely-read in-depth essay in April 2021 looking at the history of punk music. He included the seminal role of Generation Jones in this history: “Cultural historian Jonathan Pontell posits that there is a middle generation between Boomers and Gen Xers which he calls Generation Jones, people born between 1957 and 1964…Gen-Jones came of age during the mass unemployment of the 1970s and “jonesed” for the “the prosperous days of freedom their elder siblings enjoyed; days before the collapse of American industries…Punks are like the hippies of the ‘70s and ‘80s. It’s the same thing. It’s a rebellion… “Kids of the Black Hole”—written and performed by solid Gen-Jonesers—doubles down on this cutting sense of aftermath, the end of Bohemian hopes that percolated with the Beats and culminated in the Woodstock Nation before going sour. It’s a masterpiece, from a scene seldom considered for its artistic value. As bassist Soto put it in the 2012 documentary Clockwork Orange County, “So much history is painted of the violence and slam dancing and people getting hurt and people worming on glass and all that stuff. A lot of that stuff did happen, but there was guys in bands writing songs that still hold up today.”

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