Haight-Ashbury: A History

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco scene, the legendary and critically acclaimed history of that time is again in print

The psychedelic community of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district was probably the most widely written-about phenomenon of the 1960s apart from the Vietnam War. But the people who wrote about it were either outsiders who knew nothing about how it arose -- the whole event, from first public manifestation to gaudy collapse -- or ...

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Overview

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco scene, the legendary and critically acclaimed history of that time is again in print

The psychedelic community of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district was probably the most widely written-about phenomenon of the 1960s apart from the Vietnam War. But the people who wrote about it were either outsiders who knew nothing about how it arose -- the whole event, from first public manifestation to gaudy collapse -- or participants clumsily trying to put a shiny gloss on those psychedelic times. How the Haight arose was, in fact, the secret of its mysterious energy, because it was a gripping drama, at the same time unexpected and awesomely inevitable. First published by Rolling Stone twenty years ago, this book was the first to establish what really happened there and to give an understanding of the event. It remains the definitive book on Haight Ashbury.

Charles Perry was born and raised in Los Angeles and majored in Middle Eastern Studies at Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, he discovered psychedelics and thereafter keenly followed the growth of the counter-culture that blossomed quickly in the Bay Area in 1965. In 1968, he began working as an editor and writer for Rolling Stone (then publishing its 12th issue). It was during this time that he researched and wrote his history of Haight-Ashbury. In 1979, Perry moved to Los Angeles and became a freelance food writer. Today he is internationally known as one of the leading authorities on the history of Middle Eastern food.

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Charles Perry's history of San Francisco's hippie haven has been pleasing readers ever since it was published in 1984. The Haight-Ashbury shows how a cultural revolution transformed a backwater district into the epicenter of "new consciousness." A mind-boggling treat for readers of Barry Miles's Hippie and other books about psychedelic bohemianism.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781932958553
  • Publisher: Wenner Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

    Haight- Ashbury

    I visited Haight- Ashbury earlier this year and bought this book at a store there to learn more about the history of it. Charles Perry does a great job describing and explaining events of the Haight throughout the sixties. I got tons of useful information about the music of the San Francisco bands and festivals during the summer of love. Being an artist myself, I loved reading about the Victorian architecture of the district and also about the poster artists, whose works were a main source of event information for the Haight- Ashbury district. I can get ideas from their work to use in my own artwork. I will be visiting a relative that lives in San Francisco soon, and will go back to Haight-Ashbury. I will be seeing it with a totally different mindset now that I¿ve learned so much of the history.

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