The Hippies and American Values
Miller, Timothy S.
Paper Edition, $24.95t
Paper ISBN: 1-57233-817-2
Status: In Print
Publication Date: 12/1/2011
DescriptionPraise for the first edition:
“Miller’s volume deserves to attract a wide circle of interested readers, whether they be students, scholars, or general readers.” —History: Reviews of New Books
“The 1960s counterculture movement and its embraced ethical values are the subject of this very readable work . . . a thorough look at what the hippies and their allies sought to fundamentally change in the then-entrenched mainstream of American values. This valuable scholarly effort also makes for interesting pleasure reading.” —Library Journal
“Turn on, tune in, drop out,” Timothy Leary advised young people in the 1960s. And many did, creating a counterculture built on drugs, rock music, sexual liberation, and communal living. The hippies preached free love, promoted flower power, and cautioned against trusting anyone over thirty. Eschewing money, materialism, and politics, they repudiated the mainstream values of the times. Along the way, these counterculturists created a lasting legacy and inspired long-lasting social changes.
The Hippies and American Values uses an innovative approach to exploring the tenets of the counterculture movement. Rather than relying on interviews conducted years after the fact, Timothy Miller uses “underground” newspapers published at the time to provide a full and in-depth exploration. This reliance on primary sources brings an immediacy and vibrancy rarely seen in other studies of the period.
Miller focuses primarily on the cultural revolutionaries rather than on the political radicals of the New Left. It examines the hippies’ ethics of dope, sex, rock, community, and cultural opposition and surveys their effects on current American values. Filled with illustrations from alternative publications, along with posters, cartoons, and photographs, The Hippies and American Values provides a graphic look at America in the 1960s.
This second edition features a new introduction and a thoroughly updated, well-documented text. Highly readable and engaging, this volume brings deep insight to the counterculture movement and the ways it changed America. The first edition became a widely used course-adoption favorite, and scholars and students of the 1960s will welcome the second edition of this thought-provoking book.
TIMOTHY MILLER is a professor of religious studies at the University of Kansas. He is the author and editor of several books, including The 60s Communes: Hippies and Beyond and America’s Alternative Religions.