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Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie: Seven Years in the Counterculture [Kindle Edition]

Robert Roskind
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Book Description

The counterculture of the 60s and 70s has been viewed as everything from naive to hedonistic. However, most of these views were formed by observing the movement from the outside. "Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie" offers a vastly different perspective, one developed from within.

After graduating college in 1968, Robert Roskind hit the road for seven years. Roskind's travels lead him into the heart of the counterculture--to Esalen Institute, Tassajara Hot Springs, Big Sur, Vancouver Island, the communes of Oregon and North Carolina, Altamont Pop Festival, Mt. Shasta, the Haight-Ashbury and the "motherland"--Northern California.

His personal odyssey, sometimes profane and funny, sometimes profound and serious, reveals this tumultuous era as a cultural and spiritual renaissance that birthed many of the solutions to problems humanity now faces.

About the Author
Robert Roskind is a writer and speaker. His ten books include "Rasta Heart: A Journey into One Love," "In the Spirit of Business," and "In the Spirit of Marriage," all traching unconditional love. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolna with his wife, Julia, and their daughter, Alicia.


REVIEWS FROM AMAZON:
This book caught my attention early and kept it to the end. The author relates what could be ho-hum daily events with a sense of humor that makes them an interesting reading...
Published 2 months ago by chazzz

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, readable, concise and comprehensive
The best explanation and history of the psychedelic era I've ever read -- and I was there! A fun read, and -- as it says above -- excellent, readable, concise and comprehensive...
Published 12 months ago by Joan Bowden

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Journey
This is a terrific journey with the author through his explorations in the counterculture of his time. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kristie Lane

4.0 out of 5 stars This book ruined all of my preconceived notions about hippies!
I wasn't planning on reviewing Robert Roskind's Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie: Seven Years in the Counterculture when I picked it up but after less than half way through I felt...
Published on July 23, 2008 by K. Davis

5.0 out of 5 stars A true look into the 60's - 70's
I enjoyed reading this memoir because it was a front seat look at the times. The story was well written and gave me a little insight into commune life.
Published on January 27, 2008 by Jaclynn M. Gormley

5.0 out of 5 stars HIPPIES ARE THE BEST!
I loved this book! This book by far was the BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! Roberts detail is amazing. I felt for a short while, while reading the book, that I time traveled back into...
Published on May 21, 2007 by B. Roac

3.0 out of 5 stars Diary of a former hippy
This is a fun read. Other than a few insights into the differences between the "East Coast" and "West Coast" Hippies it is pretty much just a quick ride through Robert Roskind's...
Published on June 25, 2006 by Chris A. Cunningham

5.0 out of 5 stars From an Ex-Hippie Chick
"Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie" is not only far out, it's out of sight! It's right on! Hey, I was there.
Published on May 11, 2006 by Suzanne Cordes

5.0 out of 5 stars What a trip...
This book is one of thoes that you can't put down, and end up reading over and over again. It takes you on a journey through life in the counterculture, begining with the...
Published on September 20, 2005 by Stephen St.John




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About the Author

Robert Roskind is a writer and speaker. His ten books include "Rasta Heart: A Journey into One Love," "In the Spirit of Business," and "In the Spirit of Marriage," all traching unconditional love. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolna with his wife, Julia, and their daughter, Alicia.

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  • File Size: 3143 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045JK516
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgic stroll down Hippie Lane January 2, 2003
Format:Paperback
Just as the Beats immortalized their lives and times in such books as On The Road, Robert Roskind likewise commemorates the liberated lifestyle of the hippie era. This look back, while very personal, is also the archetype for a whole generation whose quest for freedom and the meaning of life led to some mind-blowing experiences. Whether it was dealing with parents and the "generation gap", or trying to avoid getting sent to Vietnam or tripping out on LSD at Altamont, we hippies trod the same path, often in the same places. This implies our common experience was a result of an underlying phenomenon that ultimately changed ourselves, our society and the world.
Roskind's nostalgic trip down hippie lane is a travelogue of life's alternative byways and an exploration of the communal mindset of the period. His honest recollections about his psychedelic drug use, run-ins with the cops, communal life, free love, and self-discovery were all part of the hippie trip. Roskind's tales of many cross-country journeys, picking up hitchhikers in his converted bus, leave us longing for those simpler times, when total strangers would become friends faster than you could light a joint. Those days are over now, but still very much alive for those who lived them.
While many original hippies "sold out" long ago and joined the "establishment", some of us have held true to our beliefs and continue to explore alternative lifestyles and businesses. Roskind likewise shows us his crisis of faith and how he resolved to live a life of service to others and carry on the hippie philosophy in practice. Having realized that Love is the answer to many of life's questions, he now teaches others the transcendental power of unconditional love through his books and lectures.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where was the Editor? August 3, 2005
Format:Paperback
If one can look past the repeated grammatical errors, this book is a joy for any of us who were shaped by the events of the 60's and 70's. Roskind does a credible job of taking the reader along for his memorable ride. Through the retelling of his personal experiences he helps the reader revisit the utopian dream many of us had for a better world. While his experiences may have been unique, his hopes and dreams for a new and improved society were commonly held. For many of us this book is a ride down memory lane. For those who weren't there personally it is an interesting read and one that provides credible insight into the issues and answers of the era.

As Skip Stone points out, Roskind is not truly an "ex-hippie." Rather, he is a hippie who has further evolved. Like many, Roskind was profoundly shaped by the counterculture. Though he may have returned to the mainstream, the magic of the hippie years appears to be a significant ongoing influence.

Regrettably, the poor editing tarnished this otherwise pleasant read. The inconsistencies in dates and sequences could, perhaps, be overlooked. However, didn't we all learn in junior high English class that when we refer to ourselves as the sentence subject we use I, but as an object we use me? Perhaps Roskind skipped school that day, but how can this obvious error be repeated dozens of times in a published book? Where was the editor? Four stars for content, but one subtracted for editing.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't planning on reviewing Robert Roskind's Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie: Seven Years in the Counterculture when I picked it up but after less than half way through I felt compelled to do just that. First, let me say that I'm pretty conservative in my politics and lifestyle. I was born during the fabled summer of love (dating myself here, I realize) but I'm pretty sure that had I been the author's age I would have never donned lovebeads or smoked anything more than the occasional clove cigarette. That said, this book really resonated with me. When I bought it, I expected it to be no more than a bunch of fluff. I am glad to report I was wrong.

Born in 1947, Roskind was born to a typical middle-class Jewish family in suburban Atlanta. (He looks so sweet in his bar mitzvah picture!) The Atlanta Jewish "ghetto" as it was affectionately called by its members was a very tight-knit community and he grew up feeling as though he were an integral part of a lively and loving clan. Perhaps if Roskind had been of college age in a different era, his experimentation with drugs would not have profoundly changed his life, but he was a student in Chapel Hill NC in the late 60's so naturally the drug he decided to experiment with was LSD. Roskind describes in detail his two-day-long acid trip (he'd inadvertently taken way too much), including a literal-out-of body experience that convinces him that the human spirit is not constrained by the body. But, as important, that all of the values that had been instilled into him such as financial ambition and societal institutions, were meaningless. Cue the Jefferson Airplane music: Roskind drops out of school, grows his hair, and sets out to find himself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I was born to live those times! February 26, 2006
Format:Paperback
First I want to say "Thank you" to Mr. Roskind for giving us such a great work that shows and teaches the children of your generation what it means to be truely free. Roskind takes you on an adventure that so many wish they could have taken, had we been born in time. ('71 for me) Eventhough he isn't preechy in his ideas of freedom and spirituality the reader cant help but take away what the essence of what both truely mean and then finding out how you fit in. Lots of fresh little gems of humor and intersting facts about why certain things are illegal. I loved reading about his experiences in the bay area and beyond. Since I'm from the Berkeley area it makes it even more interesting. I'm definatley looking forward to reading his other books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great look back!
This book gives a great account of one mans life as he dove head first into the counterculture of the 60's and 70's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by zachariah bunnell
4.0 out of 5 stars What a long strange trip its been...
A little convoluted but overall I enjoyed the read. Interesting look at the commune culture of the era and why it eventually collapsed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chuck48
5.0 out of 5 stars Love IT!
I'm a sucker for this awesome topic...this book was great! Would have loved to hear more about his wife/current life....but I will recommend this book to all of my friends! Read more
Published 17 months ago by PC
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful piece of writing....
I so enjoyed this book. Ad s lover of northern Cali this read truly takes the reader on Mr. Rodlike incredible journey.
Published 20 months ago by <3
4.0 out of 5 stars Purity insecurity
It would seem that Roskind was worried about the purity of LSD after it was made illegal by Uncle Sam. The L.A. Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by James Ashley Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie
The author really captured the spirit of the "hippie" era. Took me back to the bygone days of my youth. Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by William Perron
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but not amazing
Roskind's book is good in content. What I mean by this is that the experiences and the stories are all there, but the writing is not. Read more
Published on May 20, 2011 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very fast delivery and the book arrived in perfect condition. I am definitely going to recommend it to my friends. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Guillermo Conradi
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This book caught my attention early and kept it to the end. The author relates what could be ho-hum daily events with a sense of humor that makes them an interesting reading... Read more
Published on July 9, 2010 by chazzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, readable, concise and comprehensive
The best explanation and history of the psychedelic era I've ever read -- and I was there! A fun read, and -- as it says above -- excellent, readable, concise and comprehensive. Read more
Published on September 8, 2009 by Joan Bowden
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To date, Roskind, his wife, Julia, and their 19 year-old daughter, Alicia, have organized and hosted 74 of these "One Love Events" in Jamaica and on Native American reservations, colleges and at public venues in the U.S. All are non-commercial, involve no sponsorship funding and are free to the public. They are non-denominational, apolitical and bring forward a message of universal love for all.
Their latest event was on February 6, 2005, Bob Marley's 60th Birthday Celebration, in Kingston, Jamaica with a live audience of tens of thousands and a TV and radio audience of almost two million. It included presentations by the Jamaican head of state, Governor General Sir Howard Cooke, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Tourism, Bob's daughter, Stephanie Marley, many conscious civic leaders and talk show hosts and twenty well-known recording artists also performed including Bunny Wailer, Culture, Luciano, Ernie Smith and Abijah.
These events have often led to a community-wide healing. Their five events on the Hopi reservation in Arizona led to the Hopis defeating reservation gambling and preserving their ancient ways. Their two events on the Havasupai reservation on the floor of the Grand Canyon led to the tribe electing a pro-environmental tribal council committed to protecting the Canyon. In Jamaica, their 54 concerts brought a much-needed message of love to a country in turmoil.

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