Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 pm – Buying the Farm


“For today’s young, the economic future is far more bleak, and global warming an unprecedented threat. Out of necessity, many will be searching for meaningful forms of communal self-sufficiency, healthful food, and renewable energy. Tom Fels’ captivating and profound reflection on one earlier commune, Montague Farm, founded in the 1960s, offers hard-learned reflections, some practical, some eternal, from a time when communes were the chosen path of many. Elegantly written. An informative and worthwhile read.”
Tom Hayden, author of The Long Sixties.

Buying the Farm reads like an ancient Greek tragedy, written in gripping prose by a master storyteller. The story of Montague Farm is filled with important lessons for those establishing new ways of living and organizing in the twenty-first century. Raking through the ashes of this 1960s commune, Fels does us an immense service by revealing the glowing coals, bitter embers, and enduring lessons of the final years of the last century, and the beginning of this one.”
Anthony Seeger, Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology, Emeritus, UCLA.

Tom Fels, a museum curator and writer, has for many years researched, written, and lectured on the history of the 1960s. His Farm Friends: From the Late Sixties to the West Seventies and Beyond received honorable mention for the Eric Hoffer Book Award in independent publishing.  Tom will speak about his new book at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge, on Tuesday, January 22, beginning at 7 pm, and will be available to sign copies as well.