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5.0 out of 5 stars It's hip, hip. Hooray!, September 27, 2005
This review is from: Counterculture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House (Hardcover)
Alternative aficionados, hoist your flagons, pass your joints, heave your Molotov cocktails and give cheer! CCttA fills a vacuum you've always suspected existed but were too busy having sex, drugs and rock & roll to notice. Former underground historians have focused on only one era, one counterculture. Goffman/Day begin at the beginnings: Prometheus, Abraham, Socrates. They pay obeisance to heterodox religions--taoism, zen Buddhism, Sufism (where's tantra?). They execute a mad, four-chapter dash through a millenium or so--the Troubadours, the Enlightenment and American and French revolutions, the Transcendentalists, Parisian bohemians. Finally they get down close to home with the efflourescing rebel movements of the past half-century: beatniks, rock & roll, hippies, women's lib, punk, cyberpunk, the New Age, raves, hip-hop, hackers, environmentalism.

And just what is a counterculture, anyway? Sifting through their subjects from Alcibiades to the Zapatistas, the authors extract three central traits shared by them all: they're adamantly anti-authoritarian; they're iconoclastically individualistic; and they espouse lofty visions of personal and/or societal transformation.

We expect a history to be thoughtful and thoroughy researched, and CC fills the bill. We hope for--but seldom get--a history as anecdotally rich, as entertaining and enthusiastic as this. Pity poor James Joyce, despairing after nine consecutive women quit typing his manuscript of Ulysses in sexual huffs, "and one even threatened to throw herself out the window." est founder Werner Erhard is "a mix of Giurdjieff, Hitler and a traveling salesman"; JFK on LSD an "altered statesman." John Lennon, listening to Chuck Berry and Elvis in 1957, "knew something was happening although he didn't yet know what it ws."

If you have a jones for underground tomes, Bogart this one.
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