October 28, 2021

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List of books and publications related to the hippie subculture

This is a list of books and publications related to the hippie subculture. It includes books written at the time about the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s, books that influenced the culture, and books published after its heyday that document or analyze the culture and period. The list includes both nonfiction and fictional works, with the fictional works including novels about the period. Each work is notable for its relation to the culture, in addition to any other notability it has.

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1 Period and pre-period works
1.1 Novels
1.2 Poetry
1.3 Nonfiction
1.4 Guides
2 Photography
3 Post-Period works
3.1 Novels and children’s literature
3.2 Nonfiction
4 Magazines
5 Underground comix
6 Spanish-language books
7 See also
8 References
Period and pre-period works
All About My Hat – The Hippy Trail 1972, by Alun Buffry on Amazon
Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein, cult science fiction novel which described a variant on the free love philosophy
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, cult fantasy novels within the culture, origin of the phrase Frodo Lives!
Steppenwolf (novel) and Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse, cult novels
In Watermelon Sugar, by Richard Brautigan, a writer associated with hippies and the San Francisco Renaissance
Another Roadside Attraction, by Tom Robbins, cult novel from the period
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, an autobiographical novel by Richard Fariña about the early sixties and the transition from beatniks to hippies
The Drifters by James Michener
Divine Right’s Trip:a Novel of the Counterculture, by Gurney Norman, describing a Volkswagen bus road trip
Memoirs of a Beatnik, by Diane di Prima, novelistic pseudo-memoir by a Beat poet
On the Road, a novel by Jack Kerouac which influenced both the Beat Generation and Hippie culture
Walden, a memoir by Henry David Thoreau detailing his social experiment associated with natural living and simple lifestyle
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, an 1865 novel written by Lewis Carroll which involves abandonment of logic and is an example of literary nonsense. Popularized by the 1967 Jefferson Airplane song “White Rabbit.”
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (novel), a 1962 novel about individualism in a mental hospital written by Ken Kesey, who was associated with both beatniks and hippies, including the Merry Pranksters.
Stanyan Street and other Sorrows: Poems, by Rod McKuen, with Stanyan Street referring to the street in San Francisco which borders on Haight-Ashbury, a hippie cultural center
Howl and Other Poems, by Allen Ginsberg
the “Desiderata”, a poem by Max Ehrmann
Scripture of the Golden Eternity, by Jack Kerouac
The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
All About My Hat – The Hippy Trail 1972, by Alun Buffry, travel from Greece to India overland in 1972
Hart, Mickey, Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion, Harper San Francisco, Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 1990
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe, about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters
Be Here Now by Ram Dass, about his contacts with Bhagavan Das, Neem Karoli Baba, and Baba Hari Dass. The book has an extensive bibliography of works important to spiritual seekers of the time.
The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, a syncretic work combining a Tibetan Buddhist holy book with the psychedelic experience, by Timothy Leary
The Making of a Counter Culture, by Theodore Roszak
The Doors of Perception, by Aldous Huxley on the psychedelic experience, the origin of the name for the band The Doors
Go Ask Alice, anonymous (at the time) account of a teenage girl’s descent into drug use. Later learned to be authored by Beatrice Sparks
The Book – On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, by Alan Watts, ISBN 0-679-72300-5
Gestalt Therapy Verbatim, by Fritz Perls, ISBN 0-911226-02-8
The Greening of America, by Charles A. Reich
Summerhill, by A.S Neill, about the Summerhill School, ISBN 0-14-020940-9
Woodstock Nation, by yippie Abbie Hoffman, describing his experience at the Woodstock festival
Monday Night Class, by Stephen Gaskin, founder of The Farm
Hippie, a memoir by counterculture figure and businessman Barry Miles
Teaching as a Subversive Activity, by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner
The Function of the Orgasm, by Wilhelm Reich, creator of the orgone hypothesis
Alcatraz Is Not an Island, an accounting of the occupation of Alcatraz island, in San Francisco Bay, by Native American Activists in the 1960s
A Separate Reality, by Carlos Castaneda, cult account of a likely fictitious encounter with a Native American shaman
Morning of the Magicians, by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier, about magic, occult, and the supernatural
The Strawberry Statement by James Simon Kunen, Columbia student
The Velvet Monkey Wrench, by John Muir, car self-repair expert from the period
Cutting through Spiritual Materialism, by Chogyam Trungpa, 1973
The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm, 1956
We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against: The Classic Account of the 1960s Counter-Culture in San Francisco by Nicholas Von Hoffman, 1968, ISBN 978-0-929587-06-6
The Medium is the Massage, by Marshall McLuhan, 1967
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth and I Seem to Be a Verb, by Buckminster Fuller
The Phenomenon of Man, by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 1959
The Yellow Book: The Sayings of Baba Hari Dass
Silence Speaks: From the Chalkboard of Baba Hari Dass, ISBN 0-918100-19-4
The Hog Farm Family & Friends, Wavy Gravy, 1974, ISBN 0-8256-3014-2
I Am Also A You, photographic essay by Jay Thompson, with a brief introduction (“Rest in Peace”) by John Lennon. Clarkson Potter, 1970,
“The Adventures of Space and Hobo The account of two Vietnam Veterans as they traveled by freight trains and hitchhiked as hippies looking for the next free ride to nowhere while navigating through the spiritual maze of the 70s by Ken Birks. ISBN 978-1-62903-018-0
The Environmental Handbook, prepared for the first national environmental teach-in, April 22, 1970, (Earth Day), by Garrett De Bell
Rise Up Singing a book of songs relevant to the culture
Handmade Houses: a guide to the Woodbutcher’s Art, Boericke & Shapiro, 1973, ISBN 0-89104-001-3
New Age Vegetarian Cookbook, by Max Heindel
Tassajara cooking, by Edward Espe Brown, ISBN 0-87773-047-4
The Way of Herbs, by Michael Tierra
Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook, ISBN 978-0-942364-15-6
A Barefoot Doctors Manual: The American Translation of the Official Chinese Paramedical Manual, ISBN 978-0-89471-810-6
Whole Earth Catalog, edited and published by Stewart Brand
Living on the Earth, by Alicia Bay Laurel
The Foxfire Books, from the magazine of the same name
Do It!, by Jerry Rubin
Steal this book, by yippie Abbie Hoffman, a guide to living with little or no money, and to living outside the rules of establishment culture
Our Bodies, Ourselves, by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, 1973
Total Orgasm, by Jack Rosenberg, ISBN 0-7045-0071-X
The Open Classroom, by Herbert Kohl
est: The Steersman Handbook, by Leslie Stevens
How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, by John Muir
Ashtanga Yoga Primer, Baba Hari Dass, ISBN 0-918100-04-6
Hopkins, Jerry, Festival:The Book of American Celebrations, photographs by Jim Marshall, Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone Magazine, Collier Books, 1970
McCartney, Linda, Linda McCartney’s Sixties;Portrait of an Era, A Bulfinch Book, Little, Brown and Company, Boston. 1992
Post-Period works
Novels and children’s literature
Drop City, by Peter Rabbit, “contemporary folk myth” about the first hippie commune, 1971 (Olympia Press)
Vineland, by Thomas Pynchon, novel of the changes from 1960s to 1980s counterculture in Northern California
Summer of Love, by Lisa Mason, novel about the period
Baby Driver, a semi-autobiographical novel by Jan Kerouac, daughter of Jack Kerouac
My Hippie Grandmother, a children’s picture book by Reeve Lindbergh and Abby Carter, 2003, ISBN 978-0-7636-0671-8
A Hand in God’s Till, A story of love, tragedy and hope by Nicholas Cooper, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4792-6839-9
Kamala, A novel set on the epic overland trail to India, the sequel to A Hand in God’s Till by Nicholas Cooper, 2014, ISBN 978-1-5053-3679-5
Chrisann Brennan: The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs
Chelsea Cain:Dharma Girl (a memoir of growing up on a commune)
Peter CoyoteSleeping Where I Fall (memoir)
John Curl: Memories of Drop City: The First Hippie Commune of the 1960s and the Summer of Love
Mickey Hart:The Art of the Filmore 1966–1971
Albert Hofmann:LSD, My Problem Child
Barney Hoskyns: Beneath the Diamond Sky: Haight-Ashbury 1965–1970
Rory MacLean:Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail from Istanbul to India
Timothy Miller: The Hippies and American Values
Cleo Odzer: Goa Freaks: My Hippie Years in India
Fred Turner: From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism
Whole Earth Catalog and CoEvolution Quarterly, edited and published by Stewart Brand
San Francisco Oracle, an underground newspaper
International Times, a magazine of the sixties UK underground
Oz, a magazine of the sixties UK underground
The Buddhist Third Class Junk Mail Oracle, by D.A. Levy, a Cleveland underground newspaper[1]
The Realist, edited by Paul Krassner
Mother Earth News
Utne Reader, a magazine postdating the hippie period, but covering much of the same material
Sing Out!
Nambassa Festival Newsletter 1, edited by Peter Terry, Lorraine Ward and Bernard Woods. Published in 1976 and 1977
The Nambassa Sun and the Nambassa Waves newspapers, published quarterly from 1978 to 1981.[2]
Underground comix
Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, underground comix featuring archetypal hippies
Zap Comix, one of the first underground comix from San Francisco
”Slow Death, published by Last Gasp
Spanish-language books
La Tumba, by José Agustín, 1964 novel about a Mexico City upper class teenager, followed by De Perfil, 1966