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Hippie
     

Hippie

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by Barry Miles
 

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ISBN-10: 1402728735

ISBN-13: 2901402728739

Pub. Date: 08/01/2005

Publisher: Sterling

Between the years 1965 and 1971 something happened to make the world on one side of that divide all but unrecognizable to the world on the other side. For better or for worse (it very much depends on whom you ask), those seven years revolutionized western-and eventually global-culture as utterly as any of the great turning points in our history. What happened

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Between the years 1965 and 1971 something happened to make the world on one side of that divide all but unrecognizable to the world on the other side. For better or for worse (it very much depends on whom you ask), those seven years revolutionized western-and eventually global-culture as utterly as any of the great turning points in our history. What happened were the hippies.

  Long hair, grass and LSD, free love, rock music and the great festivals from Monterey to Woodstock, antiwar protests and political activism, communes and macrobiotics, spiritual seeking in Eastern religions and personal transformation in therapies and practices from est to gestalt, the first stirrings of the modern environmental and feminist movements: the hippies were defined by virtually everything so-called straight society was not.

   Hippie combines hundreds of photographs, a fascinating narrative highlighting all the social and cultural upheavals of the time, as well as quotations from many of the people-Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Grace Slick, George Harrison, Wavy Gravy, and many others-who lived through and shaped the counter culture. Proceeding year by year, it gives an unprecedented degree of shape and coherence to a time that by its nature is kaleidoscopically bewildering.

   For instance, 1965 saw the formation of the key psychedelic rock bands, including the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. In 1966 the Hare Krishna movement was born, and 1967 was the year of the Summer of Love in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury and the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In 1968 politics erupted into violent clashes from Paris to Chicago. 1969 demonstrated the possibilities of the communal spirit at Woodstock as well as its limits at Altamont. 1970 was marked by the first Gay Pride marches and the first Earth Day in the U.S. And by 1971, even politicians were wearing their hair down to their collars and many aspects of the hippie way of life, from vegetarianism and organic food to the perpetual quest for enlightenment and self-realization, had taken permanent root in the general community -- and marketplace.

   This book is a sensory delight and a mind expanding trip for those who came of age before and after the hippie years and wonder what that time was really like, and especially for those who were part of the scene themselves and would like to know how their particular experience fits in with everything that the hippies meant and presaged.

 

About the author:

Barry Miles was a central figure in the development of the hippie movement in the UK and has written biographies of Beat generation writers Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901402728739
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384

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Hippie 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saw it at the local B&N bookstore and fell in love right away. It has not disappointed me. A budding flower child in the late 60's, it's the scrapbook of that incredible time I'd never be able to make myself.
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crafter315 More than 1 year ago
As an aging Haight-Ashbury hippie, I loved this book. It took me back to my time in the Haight. It doesn't sensationalize...it just gives you the facts of what was going on at the time. I like that...fyi..that photo on the front could have been me! Ahhh..those were the days.
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nickanmaxie More than 1 year ago
I could not believe all the things that "I did not know" that are in this book. This is everything...........I mean everything you always wanted to know about the 60's and more.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is soooo cool for people that want to relive the awesome days that we unfourtionatly missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
amazing. enough said.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome and I highly recommend it to all the real hippies who want to relive the experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome...I love the quotes and all the pictures...Its great...Ive read it 4 times and Im reading it for the fifth time right now...its got everything that happened from 1965-1971. Its awesome I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book expresses how the hippies were more of a movement than a look. It includes many lyrics from songs during the hippie era because a lot of those lyrics reflect the time period. The author focuses on how the hippies had many positive and negative points to them, but they always had good intentions and amazing views of the future. He also inserts many quotes by famous people during the 1960's and 1970's. These quotes are placed throughout the book explaining thoroughly certain points that described in detail what was going on during the time. One of these quotes is one by George Harrison, which basically sums up the point of the book, 'The hippies are a good idea- love, flowers, and that is great- but when you see the other half of it, it's like anything. I love all these people, too, those who are honest and trying to find a bit of truth and to straighten out the untruths. I'm with them one hundred percent, but when I see the bad side of it, I'm not so happy.'