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Alternative Economies, Underground Communities: A First Hand Account of Barter Fairs, Food Co-ops, Community Clinics, Social Protests and Underground Cultures in the Pacific Northwest & CA 1978-2012 [Kindle Edition]

Kirsten Anderberg
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This book covers the history of some of the social movements off the radar of the mainstream, in the Pacific Northwest and CA, from the 1970's up to today. Author and activist, Kirsten Anderberg, gives first hand accounts of hippie collectives, protest tactics, alternative health care and more in this historical account of underground movements. Included in this ebook are the following topics: the Source Family, the Love Israel Family, the Rainbow Gatherings, Midwifery, the Seattle Midwifery School, Morningtown Pizza Collective, bartering, PCC Co-ops, Puget Consumers' Coops, Farmers' Markets, Pike Place Market, street performing, CSA's, Community Shared Agriculture, Pea Patches, Community Gardens, Bastyr Naturopathic College, Dr. David Springer, Miriamma Carson, midwifery, the Grateful Dead, Wavy Gravy, Ken Kesey, hippies, Kaiser Dead Shows, Watsonville Dead Show, hippie school buses, Oregon Country Fair, Energy Park, Risk of Change Mummery, Baby Gramps, body esteem activism, Ann Simonton, Nikki Craft, Myth America, Miss CA pageant protests in Santa Cruz, Miss Seafair pageant protests in Seattle, No Diet Day, the 201 Club, Body Electric, the Society for Human Sexuality, paganism, It's About Time Bookstore, Innerspace Women's Coffeehouse, Cause Celebre in Seattle, Soup'n'Salad in Seattle, Our Bodies, Ourselves, Daughters of the Moon Tarot, Motherpeace Tarot, women's spirituality, tantra, Victory Music, Lincoln Arts Collective, homelessness, living in school buses, zines, protests, Black Cross Collective, BALM Collective, LEIU, LEIU Protests in Seattle, Seattle WTO Protests, Indy Media, IMC's, anti-war protests, police violence, police riots, street medicine, Seattle Community Network, Eugene Free Network, Riseup,net,, radical technology collectives, Food Not Bombs, dumpster diving, Freegans, anarchists, Crimethinc, ecodefense and more. This book also includes links to alternative lifestyle websites referred to in this book.

This book is also a social history of the West Coast in the U.S. from the late 70's to now.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8181 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475042884
  • Publisher: Kirsten Anderberg (February 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079MLZCO
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2.0 out of 5 stars Eh. Not so impressed October 1, 2012
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I was hoping for insights on how to find or establish alternative economic systems, but the book is mostly about the author's hippy lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest. I was struck on a number of occasions with the author noting something was "free". Sorry, nothing is free. If you used someone's property for a weeklong "alternative festival" without charge, you used the property owner - who pays taxes, etc. What value did you return to the owner? Trade/barter/swap value for value - cool. Use/consume without anything in return - not so cool. Sadly, this seems to be at the heart of her book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Slow and not right. January 10, 2013
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This reads like a phone book and I researched and tried some of it but did not work in today's world...
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Kirsten Anderberg is a journalist/historian/activist/designer/educator/performer/artist based in Ventura, CA. She earned her M.A. in History and Archiving from the CA State University at Northridge in 2010, and has her B.A. degree in Political Science and Women's Studies from the University of WA in Seattle. Her historical focus has been on the institutional history of America, especially child protection institutions and mental asylums, as well as Southern CA and women's history. Ms. Anderberg is the recipient of numerous historical awards and fellowships, including a grant from the prestigious Historical Society of Southern CA. Her journalism addressing the histories of MacLaren Hall in Los Angeles and Camarillo State Mental Hospital in Camarillo has been groundbreaking.

The bulk of Ms. Anderberg's journalism has been focused upon civil rights, feminism, poverty, politics, performing, history and health. Anderberg commonly writes about natural health, such as kitchen cosmetics, natural beauty recipes, and medicinal herbs, with much of that knowledge coming from her early exposure to the legendary Source Family. Anderberg has been a paid vaudevillian performer for 30 years, and her music has been used by activist Ann Simonton, among others. She has published more articles in first person by a woman street performer than ever published prior in history. Her historical work regarding street performance and busking is filling a gap too long neglected. Anderberg has also published many important articles on the topics of poverty, homelessness, feminism and political protest.

Kirsten Anderberg was borne in Saugus, CA, at the Wild West edge of Los Angeles County, in 1960. As a child, box turtles still walked the streets and remnants of the rancho era of CA still ruled the imaginations of children and adults alike. As a teen, she lived in the San Fernando Valley in Senator Carrell's historic adobe retirement home on Odyssey Hill, and also was a homeless teen on the streets of Seattle, where she became a street performer. Her performing career includes a 12 piece Motown band, a swing band, an original a cappella trio, and solo vaudevillian gigs. Anderberg became a journalist in 2003 during the anti-Iraq war protests in Seattle, when she felt the mainstream media was not covering the actual events in the street. She became an independent journalist thereafter and has published articles in hundreds of magazines, books, newspapers and websites. Anderberg has been published by Utne, ZNet, HipMama, Adbusters, Alternet, Mexico Magazine, Complete Mothering Magazine, Gale Publishing, the Indypendent, Susun Weed, and more. She is a strong proponent of self-publishing and independent media. You can view her literary resume online at


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