This title explores how hippies, and 1960s counterculture in general, developed and influenced popular culture in America. Covering the years between 1961 and 1972, this is the first volume focused exclusively on the emergence, growth, and lasting legacy of hippie culture, on everything from clothing, hair styles, and music to attitudes toward sex and drugs, and anti-war, anti-establishment activism. "Hippies" includes a chronology, topical chapters on hippie culture, biographies, primary documents, and a glossary. Coverage ranges from an examination of hippie involvement in drug use, politics, sexual behavior, and music, and a contemporary perspective on lasting impact of hippies on modern American life. Readers will encounter famous icons of the era, from Abbie Hoffman to Timothy Leary, while getting a real sense of what life inside the hippie counterculture was like.
Micah Issitt is a writer, musician, and snazzy dresser. Born in Kansas and living most of his life in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Issitt has been working as a freelance writer/ researcher since 2004.
Issitt works with academic publishers, libraries and university research staff to produce articles, books and scholarly publications aimed at the general reader. His chief goal is to further continuing education by translating complex research, often only available to those in the academic environment, for a wider audience. Issitt has lent his talents to a variety of writing projects from the evolution of dinosaurs to the slang of 1920s Australia.
Issitt's first solo book project, Hippies (2009), is an exploration of the hippie subculture and 1960s culture in general with an eye towards investigation the culture's effects on modern society. He is currently working on a second volume in the series, Goths (2010), which will be released in Winter of 2010 and will focus primarily on the development of the goth subculture in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Issitt currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, close to a petrol station where he shares a flat with his dog George and girlfriend Jenna. In his spare time he plays jazz guitar, reads speculative fiction and watches a lot of movies. You might have last seen him interviewing a goth in your hometown for his latest book.