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Hippie [Paperback]

Barry Miles
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1 Aug 2005
Through the words of those who embraced the lifestyle and fantastic illustrations letting the whole hang out, this book immerses you in the Hippies movement of the late 60s and early 70s. It takes the reader through the fashion, philosophy, music, literature, films and politics of the Hippie ideal, tracing its growth from the Beats in the 1950s (and with a brief nod to the Bloomsbury Set of the 1920s), to the peace-demanding flower children of the Vietnam years. Portraits of the main men and women sit alongside the tales of those who hugged and those who shrugged at this culture and its preaching of colour, calm and happiness. Reminiscences and experiences are provided by (among others): Jack Kerouac, Timothy Leary, Ossie Clark, Tariq Ali, Peter and Jane Fonda, Janis Joplin, Richard Branson, Germaine Greer, Jerry Garcia, De La Soul, Ben and Jerry and Reverend Jesse Jackson.
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Union Square Press (1 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402728735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402728730
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 19.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 738,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alive with the outrageous personalities and revolutionary upheavals of a time that changed the world, Hippie is trippy and true to the spirit of a time unlike any other. Far out, man. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Ladies & Gentlemen introducing the most amazing and unbelievable story you've ever heard!
Learn how from the ashes of war rose a great, multi-coloured, free-flying, mind-expanding movement that changed the world by preaching only LOVE and PEACE and dressing in olde worlde clothes.
Covering the years 1965 to 1971 in depth and with full prologue and epilogue sections that bring the story up to date, Hippie gives voice to the major figures of the scene. Illustrated using original poster and album artwork plus rare publications of the time, including International Times, Oz and early Rolling Stone magazine, Hippie includes screaming psychedelic images and rare portraits of stoned and tripping writers, musicians and the notorious and infamous scene-setters of the age. There are also photographic records of the political and musical events that came to shape and change the world in the time of the hippie. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Been there, done that... 6 Jan 2006
As someone who grew up in the '60's I have vivid memories of that time to do with fashion, music, lifestyle and even politics. I always had the sense of having missed the party. This book describes the subversive counter-culture of the '60's as it evolved throughout the decade, reading like diary of the times, with current and retropsective commentaries from the leading figures, both famous and less well-known. Importantly, the book covers the hard work that went on behind the beautiful emphemera, the music, the parties, the demonstrations and the events and touches on the genuine dreams that drove people on. Beautifully illustrated, it captures some of the feel of the period and leaves a sense of nostalgia for the strong feelings of comunity, power and change that people experienced. Without offering any direct anyalysis of the impact that the 'hippie' movement had it does give a sense of how much we owe to those hedonistic and naive times and how far those dreams fell short of the realities. If you're in love with the '60's then you'll love the book, though those interested in a deeper analysis will have to find it in less accessible texts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Sixties 9 Mar 2011
This is a great coffee table book, filled with wonderful photographs and art work from the period, but also contains a surprising amount of text.

"Hippie" covers the counterculture movement from 1965 to 1971, spending a lot of time in San Francisco where the hippies dominated, but also visiting the equivalent scenes in Los Angeles, New York and London. The book is very much about the culture of the period in terms of music, fashion and lifestyle choices, with the political aspects not being covered as in depth here as elsewhere.

The author is in a good position to write about this era as he was the founder of the Indica bookshop which was at the forefront the London scene. He actually pops up in the book once or twice, where he refers to himself in the third person, which seemed a bit odd. Despite his connections, this book is far being a rose-tinted trip down memory lane with a description of the later Haight-Ashbury scene being particularly disturbing. He is also very realistic about the limitations of the hippie ideals, how short-lived its heyday was and about its long-term impact.

"Hippie" is very much an overview of the movement and at times I would have liked more detail, but it provides a good introduction to the subject. It is also a book that can be dipped into and returned to again on account of the great pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those of us there, a trip back. 30 Jun 2014
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I grew up in this era. This seems less of a history book and more of a guidebook. It illustrates those times and explores the thoughts, aims and dreams of that short-lived time. Several times I found myself saying "I met him/her once" or "I had that poster". That period of the late 60s and very early 70s set a lot of what people take for granted now in motion, although with hindsight some of it went very sour.

For anyone who was there this is a sublime book; for those who were born too late a glimpse into why some of us still smile at small bells, and I guess if you want to find out what went on - especially in Britain this is a good primer.

Loved it, and the icing on the cake was finding long-lost friend Theo's picture near the back. :-)
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I bought this principally to trigger a few memories in the writing of my novel, A Hand in God's Till.
Although written more specifically from an American perspective, many aspects of the British scene are included to provide a comprehensive overview of the period from 1965 to 1971. The essence of Flower Power, psychedelia and underground music is covered well with essays, extraordinary photographs and illustrations, evolving into the political activism which ultimately saw an end to Love and Peace.
The spirit of that age lives on amongst many, young and old, who, in the light of political disenchantment, feel an urgency to re-engage with the principles of community and spiritual truth before it is too late.
I would recommend this to anyone who was there and the curious who weren't.
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