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  Autobiography of a Hippie: 1964 through 1969*Autobiography of a Hippie: 1964 through 1969 by D.Christopher Totten
The true story of the author's years as a runaway "flower child" during the years from 1964 to 1969, who ran away from home at the age of 14,after his father almost killed him. He soon became a "Ken Kesey electric cool-aid acid test Hippie" and traveled extensively throughout the US, Canada and Mexico during the 1960's. Christopher tells of his many interesting adventures along the way and also of the Haight Ashbury during the "Summer of Love" turning on, tuning in and dropping out!


AsEverWas : Memoirs of a Beat Survivor

* AsEverWas: Memoirs of a Beat Survivor
by Hammond Guthrie

"You have in Hammond's book - what may be one of the quintessential freak histories.
" Michael Simmons, LA Weekly/ Rolling Stone.
Reviewsby Ramon Sender Barayon and Skip Stone
Review by Stew Albert

Bill Graham

 * Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out
by Bill Graham, Robert Greenfield

The bestselling autobiography of the legendary promoter who shaped rock music for over 30 years. This definitive book of rock history has been called "a virtual compendium of rock and folk stardom" by The New York Times. 50 photos. out of print


In His Own Write by John Lennon
* In His Own Write by John Lennon

A collection of highly-orginal stories, John Lennon's wry personality emerges amuses his fans with his humorous insights about life. Also includes over 30 of his distinctive, two-color line drawings. This title is printed for the first time since the 1960s and has a new introduction written by his wife, Yoko Ono.

Life by Keith Richards* Life by Keith Richards
First Edition edition Oct. 26, 2010  
published Little Brown and Co.
Keith Richards Rock 'n' Roll Survivor, bad boy, whose history with drugs shows so clearly in his face, shares his life's story of of how it all began and continues. ... sfheart

Living the Blues
* Living the Blues: Canned Heat's Story of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival
of Fito de la Parra, drummer for the legendary blues band Canned Heat. Here is the strange tale of the era when the band was managed by the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, making one of the first rock videos with outlaw motorcyclists writing and producing. Filled with over 100 rare and collectable photographs and artwork images from the '60s, '70s and '80s.

Backstage Passes 
* Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'n Roll Survivor

Al Kooper began his professional career in 1958 at the age of 14, playing the Hammond B3 for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and others. This insightful and amusing autobiography takes you on a cruise through the entire history of rock ‘n roll.


Promise of a Dream

*Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties by Sheila Rowbotham,
Promise of a Dream is a moving, witty and poignant recollection of a time when young women were breaking all the rules about sex, politics and their place in the world. It is a a memoir that expands to cover radical history, the left and the rise of feminism..
Sheila Rowbotham was, and remains, one their most effective and endearing voices, serious and funny at the same time.

Sleeping Where I fal l by Peter Cotyote* Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle by Peter Coyote
Movie actor Coyote's gritty and unsentimental memoir of the West Coast counterculture during the '60s and '70s
In this book he relives his fifteen-year ride through the heart of the counterculture - a journey that took him as the son of an East Coast stockbroker to the riotous life of political street theater and the self-imposed poverty of West Coast communal movements. Reviews


Wild Girls * Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture
by Chelsea Cain, Moon Unit Zappa (Foreword)

Written in a documentary style, Girlhoods in the Counterculture chronicles the lives of the offspring of the flower children. 15 women whose parents rejected "The Establishment," and who were, in the authors words, "denied meat, exposed to free love, and given nouns instead of names".


*Chronicles: Volume One
The first installment of a three-volume memoir by the famously private Bob Dylan, one of the greatest musical legends of all time.
This book took Dylan three years to complete,writing on a manual typewriter in capital letters, to make it easier for an assistant to read and retype. An attempt by one the most influential cultural figure now alive to give us a straightforward look at his life, it is a beautifully written, singular achievement.

Heretic's Heart
*Heretic's Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution by Margot Adler
Adler was a young woman determined to be taken seriously and to be an agent of change - on her own terms, free from dogma and authoritarian constraints. From campus activism at the University of California at Berkeley to civil-rights work in Mississippi, from antiwar protests to observing the socialist revolution in Cuba, she found those chances in the 1960s. Heretic's Heart illuminates the events, ideas, passions, and ecstatic commitments of the decade like no other memoir. Adler's memoir marks an initiatory journey from spirit through politics and revolution back to spirit again.

66 Frames66 Frames by Gordon Ball, Jonas Mekas, intro.
This memoir serves as a time-capsule, allowing us to see the drug culture and sexual liberation movement of the sixties as a step in a causal chain leading to the sexual/social mores of today. Before he became the editor of Allen Ginsberg's journals, Gordon Ball worked as the assistant to avant garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas. Ball recounts his encounters with figures such as Leslie Trumbull, Andy Warhol, Barbara Rubin, and many more, with his original ideology intact.

BOOKMemoirs of an Ex-Hippie: Seven Years in the Counterculture by Robert A. Roskind
An insiders view of the hippie counterculture between 1968 and 1975.
Just as the Beats immortalized their lives and times in such books as On The Road, Robert Roskind likewise commemorates the liberated lifestyle of the hippie era. This personal look back is also the archetype for a whole generation whose quest for freedom and the meaning of life led to some mind-blowing experiences.


* My Generation: Collective Autobiography And Identity Politics (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography) by John Downto Hazlett
John Hazlett's engaging study of writers from the 1960s demonstrates the ways in which the idea of the generation has affected autobiographical writing in this century. Autobiographers from the sixties claim to speak on behalf of all members of their generation. However, each writer presents a unique political and personal agenda. My Generation: Collective Autobiography and Identity Politics.

Ram Dass * The Only Dance There Is
 * Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying
 * Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook
 * One-Liners: A Mini-Manual for a Spiritual Life

Ringolevio* Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps (New York Review Books Classics)
Classic memoir of the Sixties, by a co-founder of the Diggers and one of the important figures of the counterculture. A controversial book, Grogan's opinions and perspectives were not shared by all.

Younger Than That Now
*Younger Than That Now: A Shared Passage from the Sixties

by Jeff Durstewitz, Ruth Williams

The authors of this book met on paper in the late '60s,
when she was the editor of a high school newspaper in Mississippi and he was the editor of a high school paper on Long Island. Out of the blue, he wrote her a smart-alecky letter, deriding the south, and she fired back, beginning a long exchange that covered everything from religion to race to sex, and that led to their meeting in person and becoming lifelong friends.

Stoned* Stoned : A Memoir of London in the 1960s
Andrew Loog Oldham,Ron Ross (Editor)

At the tender age of 19, Andrew Loog Oldham revolutionized the music industry as the manager of the Rolling Stones and went on to become one of the most dynamic figures in 1960s London. Now, more than 30 years later, he shares his tales of life in the fast lane in Stoned: A Memoir of London in the 1960s, a fascinating portrait of a music industry legend and a wild ride through the craziest decade of the 20th century .


Split* Split: A Counterculture Childhood by Lisa Michaels
The author's father was imprisoned as an antiwar demonstrator in the '60s,
and visiting him in prison was part of her life, as was living in a bus with her mother, a back-to-the-land period, and a wedding that included readings from "Quotations of Chairman Mao". She describes her upbringing with humor and clarity, and goes on to find special meaning in the "hippie" values she learned, tried to reject, and ended up espousing: independence, frankness, and ruthless self-evaluation--values that have often been difficult to maintain in the very different world of the '90s

* Who the Hell is Stew Albert? by Stew Albert  Read Hammond Gurthrie's Review



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