From Rebel Yell to Revolution: My Four Years at UVA 1966–1970

 COMING SOON! March 10, 2018…

In this entertaining and informative memoir, University of Virginia alum Joel Gardner delves into the four most turbulent and transformative years in the history of UVA. Arriving as a total outsider in 1966, Gardner, a born and bred New Yorker, soon found himself immersed in a sheltered world of customs and traditions that had existed virtually unchanged for decades. Yet within his tenure, this genteel Southern culture of coats, ties, and party weekends would be irrevocably disrupted, as the anti-Vietnam War and Civil Rights movements at last caught up with “The Old U.”

With a sharp eye for detail and a canny sense of historical relevance, Gardner recreates the turbulent world of UVA in the late 1960s, a microcosm of the tides of change that swept the world. In these four short years, blazers and bourbon gave way to denim and demonstrations, changing the face of Mr. Jefferson’s University and forever altering the spirit of an American institution.


From Rebel Yell to Revolution must surely be the richest, most detailed accounting of the complex period when the ‘Old U’ transitioned to the ‘New U.’ So far as I know, no one else has written so honestly and completely on life inside the University during this period. Joel Gardner’s book is full of wonderful anecdotes – road trips and big weekends, the night when Jerry Rubin and William Kunstler spoke, et al – each mined for evidence of what the University became in his time, and what it did not.

Gardner’s experiences make the book hum, and his sharp eye for significance in every scene makes the book memorable. We, his readers, and fellow alumni, are fortunate to have it.”

~ John T. Casteen III, President, University of Virginia,1990-2010


About the Author

     Joel Gardner was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from the University of Virginia with an Honors Degree in History in 1970 and from its School of Law in 1974, where he was a member of the Law Review. He returned to NYC to practice law at a major Wall Street firm and subsequently entered the investment banking world, where he was an M&A banker for three decades specializing in transactions involving Asian-based companies. Gardner has been actively involved with the University of Virginia in numerous capacities since his graduation, and he and his wife Gayle now split their time between Charlottesville and Boca Raton, Florida.