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

Micah L. Issitt

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1 Dec 2009 Guides to Subcultures and Countercultures
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.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful pick for any American history collection from high school to college levels 19 April 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Groovy Read 10 Nov 2009
By Carlyn J. Main - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I tuned in for this one 3 Feb 2010
By Sista Libre - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource 3 Feb 2014
By Mer - Published on Amazon.com
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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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