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Part of the Longman Topics reader series, The Counterculture Reader provides a fascinating look at American culture in the 60's.
This brief collection of readings presents an engaging and informed overview of the counterculture movement, challenging students to understand what happened and why. Brief apparatus helps students read and write more thoughtfully about the idea of counterculture and think critically about its effects on contemporary culture.
Longman Topics are brief, attractive readers on a single complex, but compelling, topic. Featuring about 30 full-length selections, these volumes are generally half the size and half the cost of standard composition readers.
1. BEATS AND COMMENTATORS.
From Founding Fathers to Martyred Mothers, Zen Boys, Beatnik Chicks, and Patron Saints.
Jack Kerouac, From Dharma Bums.
“Essentials of Spontaneous Prose/Belief and Technique for Modern Prose.”
William Burroughs, “Burroughs After Lunch.”
Michael McClure, From Scratching the Beat Surface.
Gary Snyder, “Note on the Religious Tendencies.”
“I Went into the Maverick Bar.”
Diane DiPrima, “Revolutionary Letter #1 [I have just realized that the stakes are myself].”
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, From Pictures of the Gone World #21 [“The World is a Beautiful Place”]
Frank Conroy, “My Generation.”
2. FREAKS AND HIPPIES.
The Literary Counterculture, Rock Music, Communes, and Cults.
Thomas Pynchon, From The Crying of Lot 49.
Robert Pirsig, From Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Helen Swick Perry, The Human Be-In.
The Digger Papers.
Tribhuwan Kapur, Hippies: A Study of Their Drug Habits and Sexual Customs.
John Sinclair, “Rock and Roll is a Weapon of the Cultural Revolution.”
Peter Coyote, From Sleeping Where I Fall.
Iris Keltz, From Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie.
“Close Encounters with New Buffalo.”
“Founding of Morningstar Commune.”
3. DRUGS AND BOMBS.
Timothy Leary, “Turning on the World.”
Tom Wolfe, From The Electric Acid Kool-Aid Test.
Hunter S. Thompson, From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Cheryl Pellerin, From Trips.
L.M. Kit Carson, “Easy Rider: A Very American Thing: An Interview with Dennis Hopper.”
Jean Genet, “The Members of the Assembly.”
4. “WHY THE COUNTERCULTURE LOVES INDIANS, BLACK PEOPLE, AND EVERYBODY.”
Mary Crow Dog, From Lakota Woman.
Wendy Rose, “To the White Poets Who Would Be Indian.”
Leslie Silko, From Almanac of the Dead.
Eldridge Cleaver, From Soul on Ice.
Al Calloway, An Introduction to Soul.”
5. BRA BURNERS, STONEWALLERS, AND PUNK ROCKERS.
Women's Issues, Gay Pride, and the End of the CounterCulture.
Susan Brownmiller, “The Enemy Within.”
The Boston Women's Health Collective, From Our Bodies, Ourselves.
Frances Beale, “Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female.”
Doris Lessing, “A Woman on a Roof.”
Jerry Lisker, (Stonewall Riots, 1969) “Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees are Stinging Mad.” Andrew Holleran, From The Dancer from the Dance.
Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, From Please Kill Me. The Uncensored History of Punk.
6. THE END OF THE COUNTERCULTURE.
Punks, Skateboarders and the New Anarchy.
Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, From Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Punk.”
“The Music We've Been Waiting to Hear.”
“There's a Riot Going On.”
Iggy Pop, “Now I Wanna Be Your Dog.”
Lester Bangs, “The Clash.”
“Richard Hell: Death Means Never Having to Say You're Incomplete.”
Greil Marcus, From Ranters and Crowd Pleasers.
Carlos Izan, From Skateboarder “Aspects of the Downhill Slide.”
7. COUNTERCULTURE LEGACIES.
Joelle Fraser, From: The Territory of Men: A Memoir “San Francisco.”
Daniel Pinchbeck, “Children of the Beats.”
Walter Berns, “The Assault on the Universities: Then and Now.”
Peter Collier and David Horowitz, From Destructive Generation.
Posted November 25, 2003
This small book provides a sampler of readings from the 1950s-1990s, from both the Right and Left, with a final chapter on Counterculture legacies that gives interesting clues into our present cultural and political situation in America. Excellent for students of American history, literature, and culture, and courses in the same. Truly portable, too!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.