We Shook Up the World
The Spiritual Rebellion of Muhammad Ali and George Harrison
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
504 Pages | 6 x 9
In 1974, deep in the Pennsylvania woods, thirty-two-year-old Muhammad Ali was seeking renewal, training to regain his heavyweight boxing title in a fight with George Foreman, and exploring questions about his politics, his career, and his life. Meanwhile, George Harrison was thirty-one years old. With the Beatles disbanded, his marriage ending, and the loss of his mother still fresh, he traveled to India to revitalize his faith, energy, and musical spirit, seeking renewal at the Hindu holy city of Varanasi. In contemplating how these two complex figures managed to carry the cultural rebelliousness and spiritual yearning of the 1960s into a new era of cataclysmic political, economic, and social change, We Shook Up the World offers an intimate perspective on two outsize figures in the nation’s and the world’s cultural history, and a new understanding of their unique contributions to the consciousness of their time and ours.
"In this masterful and moving tribute, Daugherty shows Muhammad Ali and George Harrison as two men struggling to maintain their spiritual and political convictions amid the kind of fame and fortune very few will ever experience. Their struggles made waves far beyond their respective arenas. Daugherty digs deep. He is at his best in writing about the very human contradictions of these men and their times.”—Todd D. Snyder, author of Bundini: Don’t Believe the Hype