An expanded PDF version of “Carbondale After Dark” is available exclusively at hbkoplowitz.com.
CAD is a profusely illustrated anthology of history, essays and short stories that provides a blow-by-blow account of the political and cultural upheavals that led to the May 1970 riots in Carbondale, and how protests evolved into street parties and a massive Halloween celebration. It also chronicles streakers, bands, bars, hangouts, protest movements and street people, and efforts by city and school officials to control the madness. In other words, all the things that get left out of official histories and Chamber of Commerce brochures. CAD is also filled with historic photos and period illustrations.
A PDF (Portable Document Format) is just as reliable, and in many ways more reliable, than a Nook or Kindle ebook. In addition to excellent graphics, PDFs can play audio and video, and link to online content. But Amazon, B&N and other online retailers don’t sell PDFs, in part because the format is cross-platform, meaning a PDF can be read on both a Nook and a Kindle, as well as an iPad and most other tablets, smartphones and computers, regardless of operating system.
In addition to a new preface, the expanded edition includes a full-page reproduction of Marvin Hill’s classic cover illustration, and an addendum with three new stories. “Carbondale Before Dark” is about growing up in the town in the 1950s and early ’60s. “Bucky’s Dome” is about living in futurist Buckminster Fuller’s dome home in the early 1980s. “Ghosts of Carbondale Past” is about a 2017 reunion concert of Carbondale bands from the 1970s.
The CAD PDF costs the same as the Nook and Kindle versions — $9.99 — but is only available from this website. Here’s a simple tutorial on how to download PDF files on computers, tablets and smartphones.