s.f.heart recommended hippie reading list

It is not the destination, it is the journey and here are some books for the trip!!!

" hippie: an open hearted being  striving to develop a soul`s link to the divine."
The heart's motive is peaceful resolution of conflict and love in action" ~s.f.heart~

These are the books I and many of my hippie friends read back in the daze. Most were published during that time
although some of the books on this list were considered radical classics years before then. These are the
books that encouraged our ideals and directed our social conscience. They further awakened our
spiritual awareness and exposed and expanded our minds to the many different philosophies
and possibilities there are for evolutionary change in ourselves and our society.

Vera Stanley Alder
Vera Stanley Alder had a successful career as a portrait painter when she began to investigate the Ancient Wisdom, and this revolutionized her life. She made it her task to simplify and summarize this knowledge,
in order to present it to others. Finding of the Third Eye is her discussion of the secrets of breathing, color, sound, diet, exercise, and how these can be used to develop the third eye. Recommendations for the final steps to self-mastery and the dangers on the path to wisdom are also discussed. the book listed below is exactly the same as hard copy I originally bought.

*The Finding of the Third Eye  Vera Stanley Adler on wikipedia

First published in August 1965, the Berkeley Barb was the first and foremost of all underground newspapers that chronicled  the saga of the counterculture movement as it swept through the San Francisco area. It covered civil rights and anti-war movements and became the social conscience of every social, political, musical, and mind-expanding event held in the San Francisco area over the following decade.
 It was founded off-campus by Max Scherr, owner of The Steppenwolf bar. ...Quill
Max was the editor of the Barb from its inception in 1965 until the mid-70s.

Jet Jaisun was a writer for the Berkeley Barb in those days and has some interesting information and a
great Robert Altman photograph of Max Scherr on his website. And while you're there be sure to check
out Jet's own cool Blues photos.

Stewart Brand
Whole Earth Catalog*Original Whole Earth Catalog, Special 30th Anniversary Issue by Peter Warshall, Stewart Brand (editors)
Internationally recognized writer and futurist, Stewart Brand is best known to my generation
as the founder, editor and publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog(1968-72) Reading it was a
very exciting intellectual experience. The Whole Earth Catalog captured the moment and
defined the intellectual climtate of the times. Out of Print for many years, the Anniversary
issue was republished but is now out of print again.

Richard Brautigan
*Trout Fishing in America,The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar
Required reading for the hip generation. Brautigan was an amazingly witty, humorous, and sensitive man with an incredible imagination. He liked to hand out free copies of his wonderful poetry to people on the street back in the daze. Alcohol was Richard Brautigan's fatal weakness, prompted by severe depressions rooted in an impoverished, unhappy childhood and sadly in 1984, the 49-year-old author died of a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Dee Alexander Brown
* Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
by Dee Alexander Brown

The accounts in this book tell the story of this well hidden American Holocaust.
In the time between 1492 and the end of the Indian wars of the late 1800's the white men decimated the American Indian Peoples by over 90%, Published in 1970 to instant acclaim, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee reveals the intelligence and courage of the great American indian chiefs whileexposing the shameful deceit that was used to conquer them.

On Feb.. 27, 1973, some 200 members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), led by Russell Means and Dennis Banks, took the reservation hamlet of Wounded Knee by force, declared it the "Independent Oglala Sioux Nation," and vowed to stay until the U.S. government met AIM demands for a change in tribal leaders, a review of all Indian treaties, and a U.S. Senate investigation of treatment of Indians in general.
The Indians were immediately surrounded by federal marshals, and a siege began, ending on May 8, when the Indians surrendered their arms and evacuated Wounded Knee in exchange for a promise of negotiations on Indian grievances. Two Indians were killed and one federal marshal was seriously wounded during
the siege, which alternated between negotiation and exchanges of gunfire.

The BhagavadGita
Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda,
As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda
One of the world's greatest religious classics.

Richard Burton
Kama SutraThe Illustrated Kama Sutra;
Ananga-Ranga and Perfumed Garden
Classic Eastern Love Texts
Sir Richard Burton's classic translation of the Eastern love texts.  


Albert Camus
The Stranger*The Stranger
Originally published in 1946, paperback edition was published in 1954
Among the most widely read novels of the century, this study of individual alienation in a bourgeois society is still remarkable.
The story is set in Camus's birthplace, Algerie francaise, and narrated by Meursault, a young Frenchman. . . . Meursault is arrested for the murder of an arab on the beach. He shows no remorse and throughout his ordeal, he resists all attempts by lawyer, magistrate, and chaplain to discuss sin, redemption, God, or afterlife. He is sentenced to death."   Albert Camus won the Nobel Prize in 1957.

Rachel Carson
*The Silent Spring
Originally published in 1962, this book was a turning point in the movement of environmentalism.
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson


Edgar Cayce
Edgar Cayce is considered by many as the Grandfather of New Age. The prophecies and life reading he performed while asleep were astonishing. He was humble man who contributed a great deal towards
our knowledge on the subject of reincarnation and other matters of spirit and health.

Sleeping Prophet *The Sleeping Prophet  Color Stones and Crystals

*On the Power of Color Stones and Crystals Atlantis Edgar Cayce On Atlantis

*An Edgar Cayce Home Medicine Guide





Carlos Castaneda
Dec.24,1925 -April 27,1998
Don Juan*The Teachings of Don Juan  (1969)
To become a man of knowledge one must challenge and defeat his four natural enemies.
*A Separate Reality
*Tales of Power 
"Was it something I will see in the future" I asked?
"There's no future!" he exclaimed cuttingly. "The future is only a way of talking. For a sorcerer there is only the here and now........."Tales Of Power"

*Journey to Ixtlan : The Lessons of Don Juan



Eldridge Cleaver
*Soul on Ice stars
Eldridge CleaverSoul on Ice, written in 1954 when Cleaver was eighteen and in prison on marijuana charges and rape, is the autobiography of a life lived on the edge and without remorse. His story became one of America's great literary and sociological discoveries. Cleaver triumphed as a cultural critic, a social commentator, a sociologist, and a writer.
   The prison memoirs of Black Panther activist Eldridge Cleaver that shocked, outraged, and ultimately changed the way America looked at the Black experience.
An odyssey of a soul in search of itself, groping toward a personal humanism which will give meaning to life...the book is important...the book is extraordinary."--Shane Stevens

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." ...Eldridge Cleaver

*Analects, 6th century B.C. stars
While Confucius failed in his lifetime to rescue a crumbling civilization with his teachings, he was to become the most influential sage in human history. His thought, still remarkably current and even innovative after 2500 years, survives in The Analects-a collection of brief aphoristic sayings that has had a deeper impact on more people's lives over a longer period of time than any other book in human history,
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. "

Ram Dass
Be Here Now *Be Here Now   (1971)
Formerly known as Richard Albert, Harvard Professor takes us for a trip to Yoga along a path of Psychedelics.
*Journey of Awakening : A Meditator's Guidebook
*The Only Dance There Is 

Still Here*Still Here

Fierce Grace*Ram Dass Fierce Grace 


Lawrence Durrell
*Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Darrell
An extraordinary set of stories which touch the inscrutable heart of human nature.
THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET was welcomed with general critical exuberance when first published. The 4 books are: Justine (1957), Balthazar (1958),Mountolive (1958), Clea (1960)The fourth book shows change over time.
It has been increasing hard to find lately and I am very grateful that Michael V. Diboll has rescued this tetralogy from obsolescence. To save from oblivion the living souls of Nessim Hosnani, Justine, Darley, Pombal, Pursewarden, Ambassador Mountolive, Melissa, Narouz, Clea, Dr. Balthazar and innumerable other inhabitants of the Alexandrinian novels.In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Alexandria Quartet #70 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late".
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail".
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself".

*The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson online

Euell Gibbons
Wild Asparagus*Stalking the Wild Asparagus 1962
He knew his subject first- and second-hand; he knew it backwards to the botany of the tribes. He told everybody else how to gather and prepare wild foods. From the Red River Valley to the mountains of Pennsylvania (where he would spend his last years) he took people all over North America to places few people knew in the way he knew them, and he showed where to find the natural free food.

"Stalking the Wild Asparagus,"became a part of the beginnings of the ecological uplift.
Buy it, read it, use the knowledge.   Gibbons even gave us his recipe for Mead :-)


Buckminster Fuller
July 12, 1895-July 1, 1983
"Whenever I draw a circle, I immediately want to step out of it."...Buckminster Fuller
A wonderful new book about Buckminster Fuller*Anthology for a New Millennium by Thomas T. K. Zung, Buckminster Fuller (Editor)
*The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller (1960, 1973) coauthor Robert Marks
*Buckminster Fuller's Universe: His Life and Work
*Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1969)
*Guinea Pig B: The 56 Year Experiment
Known by his friends as "Bucky", R. Buckminster Fuller was a philosopher, original thinker, visionary, inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, poet, cosmologist, and more.He was one of the first futurists, and a global thinker. He invented the Geodesic Dome, and it is he who coined the phrase "Doing more with Less" as well as the term "Spaceship Earth". His work inspired and paved the way for many who came after him and much of his work was about exploring and creating synergy. He found synergy to be a basic principle of all interactive systems and developed a subject called Synergetics, a "Geometry of Thinking". Bucky was the recipient of 44 honorary doctoral degrees and dozens of other honors and was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

"I am also a living case history of a thoroughly documented, half-century, search-and-research project designed to discover what, if anything, an unknown, money less individual, with a dependent wife and newborn child, might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity that could not be accomplished by great nations, great religions or private enterprise, no matter how rich or powerfully armed"....Buckminster Fuller, age 88.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The author, poet and City Lights book store co-founder, Ferlinghetti is one of the more politically-minded of the Beats, and has been continually active on behalf of liberal causes. City Lights Books was the first paperback store in the United States and stocked unusual titles on jumbled shelves. It also gave Beat writers, such as Kerouac and Ginsberg, the chance to get their work published.
"A Coney Island of the Mind : Poems
Ferlinghetti's own poems are simple and speak plainly, and they remain popular with a wide range of readers.Originally published: New Directions, 1958  
city light anthology*City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
The 40th-anniversary year of City Lights' Pocket Poets Series offers a selection of its most potent poems. A virtual primer of international poetry from the second half of the century, including works by Ginsberg, Pasolini, Corso, Levertov, Duncan, Kerouac, Prevert, Mayakovsky, Rexroth, Lamantia, O'Hara, Picasso, and others. First published 1974

" When I was named the first Poet Laureate of this left coast City in 1998, I expressed my astonishment and outrage at how San Francisco was fast becoming a playground for the rich and the witless--a Disneyfied mall for SUV drivers and "sell" phone addicts."...Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco's first and current Poet Laureate

Erich Fromm
The Art of Loving*The Art of Loving  orig. published (1956)
*Escape from Freedom
*The Sane Society
 orig. published 1941)
Everything you need to know on the subject.
"That man can destroy life is just as miraculous a feat as that he can create it, for life is the miracle, the inexplicable.
In the act of destruction, man sets himself above life; he transcends himself as a creature.
Thus, the ultimate choice for a man, inasmuch as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate." ...Erich Fromm, The Sane Society

*The Art of Being orig. published 1976


Alan Ginsberg
Howl *Howl  (1956)
Ginsberg was a spokesperson for the Sixties Generation and appeared at most political, social, and musical events in his flowing white robes.
It was Allen Ginsberg and his friends that tried to levitate the Pentagon.

In addition to stunning many critics, Howl also stunned the San Francisco Police Department. Because of the graphic sexual language of the poem, they declared the book obscene and arrested the publisher, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
The ensuing trial attracted national attention, as prominent literary figures such as Mark Schorer, Kenneth Rexroth, and Walter Van Tilberg Clark spoke in defense of Howl. Schorer testified that "Ginsberg uses the rhythms of ordinary speech and also the diction of ordinary speech. I would say the poem uses necessarily the language of vulgarity." Clark called Howl "the work of a thoroughly honest poet, who is also a highly competent technician."
The testimony eventually persuaded Judge Clayton W. Horn to rule that Howl was not obscene.

"Never deny the voice- no, never forget it, don't get lost mentally wandering in other spirit worlds or American or job worlds or advertising worlds or earth worlds." -Allen Ginsberg's vow to himself

Howl CD*Howl and Other Poems
~ Allen Ginsberg

Stephen Gaskin
The Caravan by Stephen Gaskin*The Caravan five stars
I did not leave with them on the Caravan but certainly enjoyed the tales of the trip. They settled in Tennessee where to this day they operate one of the most successful and longest lasting communes in the United States.

Monday Night Classes by Stephen Gaskin*Monday Night Classfive stars
I attended Stephan Gaskins' Monday night classes at the Avalon Ballroom as well as in Sutro Park.

These books have recently been reprinted after being out of print for many years,


This Season's People*This Season's People (1976)
by Stephen Gaskin


Ina May Gaskin
Midwifery*Spiritual Midwifery
A classic book on home birth since 1977, contains information on the safety of natural childbirth, birthing stories, and the statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. In this day and age, a book that celebrates natural childbirth and returns birth to the family is more important than ever.

Elizabeth Gips
Scrapbook *Scrapbook of a Haight-Ashbury Pilgrim: Spirit, Sacraments and Sex in 1967/68
Elizabeth was an extraordinary woman. When Jim Morrison sang about the woman who lived on Love Street, he was referring to Elizabeth. In this book Elizabeth shares her experiences and trips of the Hippie daze.
A wonderful beautifully illustrated, poetic book.
Remembering Elizabeth

The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment*The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment (1971)
by Thaddeus Golas
Out of Print




G. I. Gurdjieff
Gurdjieff *Meetings With Remarkable Men five stars
Meetings with Remarkable Men is an eclectic mixture of art, philosophy, and religion.
First published in USA 1963

Joseph Heller
Catch 22
*Catch 22  (1961)
The now classic, more-than-just-an-anti-war-novel. Not like any other book.
"The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on."...Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Robert A. Heinlein
Stranger in a Stange Land
*Stranger in a Strange Land  (1961)

One of the greatest science fiction novels ever published.
"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own".
Do you grok it?



Herman Hesse


Narcissus and Goldmund
*Narcissus and Goldmund

(1927, tr. 1929 )

(1919, tr. 1923)

Poems by Hermann Hesse
*Poems by Herman Hesse 5 stars
Our mind is capable
of passing beyond
the dividing line
we have drawn for it.
the pairs
of opposites
of which
the world consists,
new insights begin
....Herman Hesse

Herman Hesse has always had a profound effect on young people. His books are hard to put down.
"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go ".

Abbie Hoffman
Steal This Book*Steal This Book. (1971)
"Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade.
It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit."... Abbie Hoffman
Read It Online! (413k)
"It's embarrassing you try to overthrow the government
and you wind up on the Best Seller's List."
-- Abbie Hoffman

"I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.".. Abbie Hoffman

Aldous Huxley
*Brave New World  1931
*The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
Another beat classic necessary to the list and a great read.

From a letter inscribed:
"To Dr. Albert Hofmann, the original discoverer of the moksha medicine, from Aldous Huxley." 29 February 1962.
"...I have good hopes that this and similar work will result in the development of a real Natural History of visionary experience, in all its variations..., and at the same time of a technique of Applied Mysticism- a technique for helping individuals to get the most out of their transcendental experience and to make use of the insights from the "Other World" in the affairs of "This World."
Meister Eckhart wrote that "what is taken in by contemplation must be given out in love." Essentially this is what must be developed- the art of giving out in love and intelligence what is taken in from vision and the experience of self-transcendence and solidarity with the Universe...."

Web site: Aldous Huxley-The hypnotic, intellectual, satirical, spiritual, and philosophical world of Aldous Huxley.

I Ching*I Ching

All true hippies own this book and the coins required to use it.

Spirit of Findhorn*The Spirit of Findhorn

The personal qualities of the gardener can be used by the nature forces to add to plant growth" "Happiness has an especially good effect on plants, as do children at play". Pioneering a new vision of humanity & nature in co-operation', This book offers a brief history of how Eileen Caddy gave up everything to follow her inner voice as well as sharing much of the guidance and wisdom which supported Eileen through the birth of the Findhorn Community. The Findhorn Foundation website
Reading about Findhorn forever changed my view of nature...sfheart

Lenore KandelThe Love Book
*The Love Book
Lenore Kandel was prosecuted for obscenity in 1967 in San Francisco.
Her short book of poetry "The Love Book" which had been available
at the Psychedelic Shop on Haight Street was banned in 1967 by
the California Supreme Court . Until now It has been out of print
for 36 years despite its ban being lifted in 1973. This newly printed
edition featues a newly designed three color cover, hand-stitched binding,
a printing history, and archival quality paper.

Kahlil Gibran
The Phophet *The Prophet  1923
First published in 1923, this masterpiece of religious inspiration and timeless
appeal offers deep insight into every facet of existence: love, marriage,
children, work, freedom, pain, joy, sorrow, friendship, and time.

  Ken Kesey
Graduate student in creative writing at Stanford University, volunteered to take part in a government drug research program at Menlo Park Veterans Hospital that tested a variety of psychoactive drugs such as LSD, which was legal at the time.From this experience, Kesey wrote his most celebrated novel,
*One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (published 1962,filmed 1975)
"I think the reason this picture has always had a youth cult is that until the end it has all the elements of later comic youth films in which fun-loving and belligerent young rebels/students play pranks that cause the leaders of their institutions to have anxiety attacks." (Danny Peary in Guide For the Film Fanatic, 1986)

*Sometimes a Great Notion  A fascinating tale about the last rugged individualists in the modern society and economy.
"To know a thing you have to trust what you know, and all that you know, and as far as you know in whatever direction your knowing drags you."...Kesey, Ken, Sometimes a Great Notion

*On the Bus : The Complete Guide to the Legendary Trip of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and the Birth of the Counterculture  
This is a wonderful book with lots of great photos. The title says it all!! This book is out of Print.
"You're either on the bus or off the bus". ...Ken Kesey

Kesey's Jail Journal *Kesey's Jail Journal
by Ken Kesey, Ed McClanahan (Introduction)
In 1968, Merry Prankster Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) served six months in the San Mateo jail for possession of marijuana. Transferred to an experimental low-security "honor camp" in the redwood forest, he spent six months clearing brush and immersing himself in the life of the jail community, attempting to "bring light and color" to it. "This is crazier here than the nuthouse ever was," Kesey noted, and proceeded to record the scene in numerous notebooks, illustrated with intense and brilliantly colored artwork. His friends smuggled in art supplies and smuggled out his work. The result is a jail journal like no other.
The book's introduction wrote that it demonstrated "a dozen times on every page that everything [Kesey] touched turned into art." Those unfamiliar with Kesey's artwork are in for a revelation. (Kesey, Viking Press, 2003.)

*On the Road stars 1957
The Soul of the Beat Movement
"...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!" - Jack Kerouac,'On The Road'

*The Dharma Bums The autobiographical novel about Kerouac and his friends and the adventure of their trip to the mountains in search for the ultimate meaning of life.
I love this book and have reread it many times over the years.
*Jack Kerouac Collection DVD
"My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them." -Jack Kerouac to Neal Cassady

Carl Jung
Man and His Symbols*Man and His Symbols
*Synchronicity by C. G. Jung, R. F.C. Hull (Translator)

Jethro Kloss
Back to Eden * Back to Eden  
The classic guide to herbal medicine, natural foods and home remedies


Alicia Bay Laurel
Living on the Earth*Living on the Earth 1971
This book retains the innocence, lyricism and whimsy of the original, enriched with current information on sustainable technology and protection of the environment. At once a practical manual of recipes and directions for creating from scratch all of life's basic amenities and some of its frivolities, an influential artist book with an instantly identifiable style, an insider's view of the Utopian commune movement of the early seventies, and a spiritually uplifting lifestyle book, Living On The Earth continues as a beloved addition to our bookshelves.

*The Rainbow
Lawrence often had trouble getting his books published and accepted due to their sexual frankness.
He wrote many great books including *Sons and Lovers, *Women in Love 
and of course *Lady Chatterleys Lover
There is a small excerpt of  The Rainbow here at S.F.Heart

Timothy Leary
Timothy Leary was an American writer, psychologist, futurist, and advocate of psychedelic drug research and it's use. He was also one of the first people whose remains have been sent into space. An icon of 1960s counterculture, Leary is most famous as a proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD. He coined and popularized the catch phrase "Turn on, tune in, drop out." Everytime I saw him, he was smiling. ;-)

Your Brain Is God*Your Brain Is God
High Priest

*High Priest


John C. Lilly, M.D
Dr.John LillyJanuary 6, 1915-September 30, 2001
No hippie reading list would be complete without mentioning Dr. John Lilly.
He published over one hundred and twenty-five scientific papers, relating to his work in various fields,including Respiratory Physiology, Neurophysics, Neurophysiology, Psychiatry, psychology, brain research, computer theory, medicine, ethics, and interspecies communication and the nature of consciousness and the self.
He published nineteen popular books and is considered the father of dolphin researchers.
His concepts, inventions, publications, and articulated explorations have dramatically enhanced the quality of contemporary global culture.
*Lilly on Dolphins: Humans of the Sea
His work with dolphins and whales created a global awareness that lead to the enactment of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972.
John C. Lilly Homepage

When asked if he thought LSD was good for human beings?
Dr. Lily replied, "Some of them. The more terrified they are when they take it,
the more out-there they go. Fear is good rocket fuel for LSD trips".
Timothy Leary praised John as the twentieth century's Columbus, who brought back conspicuous data from the far most inner world journey.

Hal Lindsey
*The Late Great Planet Earth the Number 1 best-seller from the 1970s.
This was a wildly popular and a very scary book in those daze, however now it seems quite ridiculous to me.
I only list it here as historical. It is not at all worth purchasing.

Richard Lucas
Miracle Medicine Herbs
I have his original book Nature's Medicine. Out of Print now but still available used & new

Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead*Coming of Age in Samoa: 1973
*A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilization (1952)

Mead presented to the public the idea that the individual experience of developmental stages could be shaped by cultural demands and expectations. Adolescence, she wrote, might be more or less stormy, and sexual development more or less problematic in different cultures.
The "civilized" world, she taught us had much to learn from the "primitive." This groundbreaking, beautifully written work as been reissued for the centennial of her birth, featuring introductions by Mary Pipher and by Mead's daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson.

*How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive
Question: John Muir (no, not the naturalist) launched his fabulously successful New Mexico publishing company with what book?
How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive

When How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive was first published in 1969, launching John Muir Publications, it was affectionately adopted by VW enthusiasts, and John Muir found himself regarded as the "sage" of air-cooled VWs. As one reader put it, "This book is a philosophy lesson disguised as a repair manual."

Michael McClure

The Be-In was a blossom.
It was a flower.
It was out in the weather.
It didn't have all its petals.
There were worms in the rose.
It was perfect in its imperfections.
It was what it was -
and there had never been anything like it before.
- Michael McClure (The Summer of Love)

Go here for more McClure books

Rod McKuen
*Listen to the Warm
*Stanyan Street & other sorrows
out of Print! available used

Henry Miller
Tropic of Cancer
*Tropic of Cancer The account of his life as a struggling artist. 0802131786
*Tropic of Capricorn A comic (and cosmic) masterpiece.



George Orwell
*19844 stars (1949) Science Fiction? Or was it?
*Animal Farm   Anti-utopian satire.

The Fouth Way*In Search of the Miraculous 
The  student tells the story of his experiences with  the Russian seeker and teacher Ouspensky.
Ouspensky was a most interesting man who studied and wrote on such matters as Tarot,numerology, properties of stones, time,color. You name it, he wrote about it. ;-)

*Fourth Way
*Tertium Organum The Third Canon of Thought and a Key to the Enigmas of the World.


Kenneth Patchen
His early anti-war writings [World War 11]were popular with Vietnam war protesters in the sixties.
*The Collected Poems of Kenneth Patchen
*Journal of Albion Moonlight Out of Print now but available Used & new

"Everyman is me, I am his brother. No man is my enemy.
I am Everyman and he is in and of me.
This is my faith, my strength, my deepest hope and my only belief."... Kenneth Patchen

Robert M. Pirsig
*Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance  (1974)
Pirsig skillfully explores the realms of Western thought and where it has originated from. It is a very intellectual text and story. If you read a part of this book and don't get into it, put it down and wait for the right time. This book has much to offer, but you need to want to listen.

Hugh Prather
Notes to Myself*Spiritual Notes to Myself,  Essential Wisdom for the 21st Century 
Open it at any page for a written jewel that will go right to your heart.



*The Urantia Book Urantia Book
Urantia Foundation Staff
The Urantia Book contains a synthesis of the concepts and ideas of more than 2,000 individuals who have contributed to the fields of science, philosophy, religion, history, sociology and theology during the last 2,000 years.
Compiled by an editorial staff of superhuman beings, the text provides a startling perspective on human origins, history and destiny.
   Personally I found unacceptable its viewpoint concerning race issues and many of the other ideas it advanced, however because many hippies felt it to be a major revelation to humanity, I list it on this recommended reading page for you to perhaps investigate and form your own opinions as to it validity.

T. Lobsang Rampa
third eye
*The Third Eye 
*The fascinating story of a Tibetan Priest
*Wisdom of the Ancients




Gary Snyder
Turtle Island*Turtle Island
The title comes from a Native American term for the continent of North America. These Pulitzer Prize (1975)-winning poems and essays all share a common vision: a rediscovery of North America and the ways by which we might become true natives of the land for the first time, to reclaim the organic and holistic environmental harmony that once held sway here. His poetic articulation of that vision was very meaningful to us.
"A reading is a kind of communion. The poet articulates the semi-known for the tribe"...Gary Snyder
Gary Snyder is one of my favorite poets. more of his books


Rabindranath Tagore
Songs of Tagore *Songs of Tagore
"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf"


Henry Thoreau
Walden and Civil Disobedience(1849)
Civil Disobedience has more history than many suspect. In occupied Denmark in the 1940's it was read by the Danish resistance, in the 1950's it was cherished by people who opposed McCarthyism, in the 1960's it was influential in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and in the 1970's it was discovered by a new generation of anti-war activists.
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."

*Lord of the Rings (1954)
The grooviest, trippiest  of all Fantasy Books!

Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy*The Kingdom of God is Within 
"The recognition of the life of every man as sacred is the first and only basis of all ethics".
From the author of Anna Karina and War and Peace, here is a jewel of a book.
Gandhi's life was changed by it . Tolstoy and Gandhi lived in the same time.

Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking;”..Leo Tolstoy

Kurt Vonnegut
*Slaughterhouse Five, ,(1969)
like *Catch-22, was written about World War II.
It had an enormous impact on the developing anti-Vietnam War sentiments.Bagombo Snuff Box
In the 1950s and early 1960s, before television reigned preeminent, Kurt Vonnegut's short stories appeared frequently in popular magazines such as "The Saturday Evening Post." Vonnegut himself selected the very best of his early stories for this audio release. 6 hours

Alan Watts
*The Way of Zen(1957)
*Culture of Counter Culture
*The Book : On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

Tom Wolfe
Kool Aid Acid Test*The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)
This book sure did cause a ruckus !!


* The Tassajara Bread Book
Real Hippies know how to bake bread. It was one of our most important rituals and Tassajara was the famous bakery of those days. These recipes are divine.

* The Tibetan Book of the Dead
The essential book on the Prayers for the Dead and philosophy of Buddhism.
Padmasambhava, the eighth century, was the founder of the Nyingma-pa Buddhist order and one of the first to bring Buddhism to Tibet.
To read this book was difficult for a wannabe hippie. Many simply carried it around with the cover showing, if you know what I mean ;-)


* Autobiography of a Yoga  (1946)
The remarkable and true story of a yoga master.
A life-changing read if ever there was one!



Tarot* Universal Waite Tarot Deck and Book Set  
I still have my original deck of Rider Waite Tarot Cards.
To read the cards for money is forbidden.
There are Tarot readers on every block of San Francisco ready to read your cards for money.
Take my suggestion and avoid them.
If you enjoyed browsing through the books above, you may in interested in taking a look at the many new books about those days of Peace and Love that I treasure. Many are written by people who were there then and other writers who weren't there and yet through their research have come to their own conclusions about what happened.

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