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The Hippie Trip

Yablonsky, Lewis

Published by Pegasus, New York, 1968
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368 p.; 21 cm. Half a million young people had rejected the American Dream. School, jobs, financial security, the rewards of success had been put aside for a life of poverty, drugs, communal living. These were the hippies. Here is a candid, first-hand report on the hippies by an eminent sociologist, the first serious, detailed study of this movement. In order to understand more fully what this phenomenon was all about, Dr. Yablonsky spent many months studying hippies in their own environment, traveling from coast to coast, visiting isolated rural communes and crowded city ghettos, probing hippies' thoughts, opinions, and aspirations. He took along a tape recorder and several notebooks, and talked to hundreds of these youths. This book is a report of his findings, including the most significant and informative of his interviews and his own views and observations. Hippies, says the author, were a varied group, ranging from what he refers to as "pure" hippies-including a priestly or philosopher caste and those aspiring to it-to a conglomeration of people, mostly young, with a variety of motives. They included a new breed of hippie drug addict, teeny-boppers, severely emotionally disturbed people, and a miscellany of hangers-on and tourists. Dr. Yablonsky talked to them all, observed their styles of living, assessed their ideas. When he started his trip, the author says, he had one set of attitudes, but at the end he found his ideas and attitudes had changed drastically. Dr. Yablonsky concluded that "a new, colorful and fascinating drama has emerged on the American scene. The action involves 'love', 'spiritually free sex', dope as a religious sacrament, as well as a new work ethic. The focus is on youth and the incipient social movement, which, as it gathers force and momentum, portends a drastic change in American morality." Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Moderate shelf wear, DJ has light wear on edges but looks very good in brodart, text has a small "X" in pen on first white endpaper, otherwise text is very clean and solid and is signed by author. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.0054272

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Title: The Hippie Trip

Publisher: Pegasus, New York

Publication Date: 1968

Binding: Hard cover

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