Jon WienerJon Wiener (born May 16, 1944) is an American historian and journalist based in Los Angeles. His most recent book is ''Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties'', a Los Angeles Times bestseller co-authored by Mike Davis. He successfully waged a 25-year legal battle to win the release of the FBI's files on John Lennon. Wiener played a key role in efforts to expose the surveillance as well as the behind-the-scenes battling between the government and the former Beatle, and is a recognized expert on the FBI-versus-Lennon controversy. A professor emeritus of United States history at the University of California, Irvine, he is also a contributing editor to the progressive political weekly magazine ''The Nation'' and host of ''The Nation''s weekly podcast, ''Start Making Sense''. He also hosts a weekly radio program in Los Angeles.
''Set the Night on Fire'' (2020) is a movement history of Los Angeles. The backbone of the book is the story of the civil rights, Black power and Chicano movements, as well as the anti-war movement, gay liberation and women’s liberation, and the battles between young people and the LAPD on Sunset Strip and at Venice Beach. The counterculture provides another focus—the Ash Grove folk music club, the LA Free Press, KPFK radio, and the Free Clinic.
In addition to being an advocate for liberal causes and transparency in government, he wrote two books about Lennon, and has described Lennon's song "Imagine" as being a "hymn to idealism" with relevance today. He has been criticized by reporters for having a left-oriented bias in his books, sometimes leading to a revisionism regarding Lennon's political orientation. Wiener interviewed Gore Vidal many times, and recently published a book of interviews with the late celebrity which spanned many years. Provided by Wikipedia