In This Rough Beast,  Book Two of For America, Otis Otterbach attempts to make a life after baseball and after his best and most trusted friend disappears, perhaps on the run after committing murder The story follows and interprets the hopes and turmoil of the 1960s including the Vietnam war through the eyes of an infantry soldier, a helicopter pilot, and a deserter; the protest movements in Berkeley; the rise and fall of the folk music and coffee house scene; the Manson family and what its existence caused and taught, from the point of view of the girl whose testimony assured the conviction of Charles Manson.

Listen to songs that play roles in This Rough Beast

“Before the Deluge”, Jackson Browne
“Ramona”, Bob Dylan, Sinead Lohan
“Chimes of Freedom”, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen
“American Pie”, Don McLean
“Gilgarra Mountain”, Peter, Paul, and Mary
“Puff the Magic Dragon”, Peter, Paul, and Mary
“I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound”, Tom Paxton
“Ramblin’ Boy”, Tom Paxton
“Heart of Gold”, Neil Young
“Shake a Hand”, LaVerne Baker
“Never Been to Spain”, Hoyt Axton
“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”, Scrapper Blackwell
“Deportee”, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie,
“Union Maid”, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie et al
“Softly and Tenderly”, Reba McIntyre

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