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Hippies: A Guide to an American Subculture (Guides to Subcultures and Countercultures)

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"Hippies is a delectable introduction to the hippie counterculture of the 1960s. . . . This book is a must have." - ARBAonline

"This guide for students and general readers focuses on the subculture of hippies in America from 1963 to 1971, discussing its emergence, growth, legacy, philosophy, culture, and lifestyle, with a focus on San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood. Issitt, a freelance writer, addresses the influence of hippies on music, clothing, and hairstyles, and their attitudes towards sex, drugs, the Vietnam War, and the mainstream establishment, with biographical sketches of famous individuals like Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. An annotated bibliography and primary documents such as newspaper articles, an interview with Robert Altman, and the testimony of Abbie Hoffman after his arrest at the Chicago Democratic National Convention of 1968 conclude the book." - Reference & Research Book News

"Hippies is a powerful pick for any American history collection from high school to college levels." - Midwest Book Review

"This book is written for an audience of students planning to do serious research." - Library Media Connection

About the Author

Micah L. Issitt is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia, PA.

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Product Details

  • Series: Guides to Subcultures and Countercultures
  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (October 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313365725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313365720
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HIPPIES: A GUIDE TO AN AMERICAN SUBCULTURE explores the psyche and history of the American counterculture's influence on everything from music and fashion to war, peace, and the mainstream establishment. From hippie leaders and icons such as Timothy Leary to how 1960s America was transformed by the movement, HIPPIES is a powerful pick for any American history collection from high school to college levels.
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This book gives a great overview of the major figures of the hippie era. The flavor of the book is enhanced with first-hand interviews of people who lived through this era and have since reflected on how it changed and shaped their lives. Finally, the hippie era is placed into a context of American history as a whole, so we can see how this important and revolutionary time set the stage for people to think differently about themselves as individuals and as a part of the world. A great read!
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I thought the author was adept at working his way from these large shifts in perspective to the impact on individual lives. I'd heard all the names before, but this really helped put faces to that period of history.
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I finally learned how Hippies got their name in this detailed and fascinating outline of the biggest American subculture of the twentieth century. The author's vast research and insight bring us back to the days of peace and love without even being under the influence. Brothers and sisters, this is one book you need in your library.
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An excellent book about the Hippies. Thanks for the quick service !
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