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Hippies From A to Z: Their Sex, Drugs, Music and Impact From the Sixties to the Present Paperback – December 10, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1930258013 ISBN-10: 1930258011 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hip; 1 edition (December 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930258011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930258013
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Upon discovering Hippies from A to Z by Skip Stone I immediately became paralyzed before the pages. I would sit for hours reading historical accounts of that great era in which people cared enough to make a change.

Hippies from A to Z is a complete account of the events of the hippie movement; everything I wanted to know was captured in those pages. Stones book is written in a manner that is fun and clear to understand. I used this book both for reference purposes and enjoyment reading.

I read Hippies from A - Z cover to cover, which truly is impressive! I promise it will be worthwhile. -- Staci, 21 yr. old College Student

From the Author

This book is the result of four years of research. It's my first book on the subject and more are on the way! My goal with this book is to set the record straight about hippies by highlighting all the great things they accomplished and showing how society has benefited. I believe the hippy movement is still alive and will soon experience a renaissance. This book is for hippies young and old, to remind them of their achievements and point the way towards a new activism.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nysocboy on June 26, 2001
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While engagingly written, this book doesn't quite know what it wants to be. If a historical analysis of the hippie generation, it is lacking, with only a few rehashes of well-trod territory: the Summer of Love, Altamont, the 1968 Democratic Convention. If a resource book for present day hippies, it doesn't give enough information: publishers of books and songs, birth and death dates in the biographies, etc. I suppose that spontaneity and informality are the trademark of the hippie lifestyle, but they are sometimes a drawback for people looking for information.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1999
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Skip Stone, the author of Hippies From A to Z has spent a considerable effort to bring you a taste and a better understanding of a time, past. His effort has culminated into the definitive (re)source of information on a time, a culture and the people of the hippy generation.
In the first part of the book, Skip covers the movement via the following headings - the way of the hippy, sex, drugs, fashions, lifestyles, activism and many more topics. Frequently, quotes, lyrics, clips, etc.. gently break up the the body of the book. These breaks all seem to relate to the content of the story as you read.
The second part of the book is a detailed reference of the time, (a very nice time line) the musicians and the music, hippy havens, famous hippies, friends, enemies and a very complete hippy glossary. This is a wonderful collection of information about this cool time in history.
The events and personalities and how they influenced the following generations, come to life in this book. Hippies From A to Z is a must have reference for that exciting time in our history.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joel Scully on February 9, 2000
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I found Hippies From A o Z a very enjoyable book with much information that I have never heard about before. I read it at one setting and when I finished it, I felt like I wanted to be a hippy too. Very good book, even for the younger generation.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "devilzclawz69" on July 30, 2002
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While writing an undergraduate term paper at Harvard University on the Counterculture of the '60s and '70s, I used this book as a refference. I had a good time with reading it and it was a good start to my research. Stone's own experiences and opinions as an "old hippie" help to give this book a very friendly and personal glow. It truely made me wish that I had been born a few generations earlier (not that I didn't already wish that). The first half of the book is a more in-depth account of hippy philosophies, drugs, sex, fashion, activism etc...and the second half of the book serves as more of a list of events, people, places, music, literature etc... which helped to shape the counterculture. I would suggest this book for pleasure reading purposes rather than as a source of refference mostly because it is a biased perspective (the perspective of a true and full-blown hippy) and because the accounts of people and events (all of which are extremely essential to the understanding of the hippie movement) don't go into great detail...rather they are more like extended summaries. However if you are researching the counterculture, you aren't already very familiar with it, and you need a place to start, this book will serve as a great starting point with every aspect of the counterculture nicely summarized and topped off with the thoughts of a true hippie who was there, lived it, loved it, and wants to share it with the world.
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