Hippies from A to Z
by Skip Stone

Hippie Books & Videos

There's no way I could possibly include all the information about hippies in this one book. So here's a long list of books of interest to hippies. Many of these are essential reading, and were an influential part of the hippie movement.
All the books mentioned in this chapter are available at the Hip Planet Bookstore. Go to there to view the bookcover or to purchase.

Hippies & Hippy Philosophy

Be Here Now by Ram Dass. The classic guidebook for those on the inner spiritual journey. This inspired work blends Eastern Philosophy with the western mindset. Everything is connected and you can achieve nirvana if you can just Be Here Now! Good graphics and unusual format make this book a real trip. 

Das Energi by Paul Williams. Paul wrote this book while living on a remote commune in Canada (his book about that experience is called Apple Bay). Das Energi contains illuminating revelations that cast light upon life's great mysteries. A manual for the Taoist within, full of hippie wisdom.

Chaos and Cyberculture by Timothy Leary. The LSD guru has a lot to say about society, culture, technology and the human mind. This book offers up thirty years of Leary's experience and knowledge. A good retrospective and introduction to his work.

The Politics of Ecstasy by Timothy Leary. In this book, Timothy Leary, the high priest of LSD, promotes the right to expand one's mind as he exhorts us to turn on, tune in and drop out! He questions the government's growing power to prevent individual experimentation with psychedelics. Includes the famous 1966 Playboy interview where he discusses LSD and sex.

Flashbacks: A Personal and Cultural History of an Era by Timothy Leary, William S. Burroughs. This is Leary's autobiography and includes fascinating tidbits from his days at Harvard to turning on celebrities to his escape from imprisonment. Leary is always delightful, entertaining and mind expanding.

Coming of Age in Babylon: Finding Your Own Reality by Doug De Bias. Candid talk about sex, sexuality, drugs, race and ethnicity, feminine facial hair, male and female masturbation, the myopia of upward mobility, parents, partners, politics, religion, the rat race and more. Comes with a CD with 20 songs! (New edition) 

The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. Wolfe's book about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. One of the great books about how LSD invaded America's consciousness, peaking during the Summer of Love. A tribute to Kesey, the Pranksters (including Neal Cassady, Ken Babbs, Mountain Girl and Wavy Gravy), and the whole psychedelic generation. Good insight into how the torch was passed from the Beats to the hippies. It also contrasts Kesey's "up front," experiential movement versus Timothy Leary's experimental, insightful approach to the LSD trip. 

On the Road by Jack Kerouac. One of the original "beats" writes about the freedom of life On the Road from his sensitive Buddhist perspective. Kerouac influenced a whole generation who went searching for another way to live. 

Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac. About the beat philosophy's roots in Zen Buddhism. He chronicles his adventures in California and a trip across the country, ending in a reflective stint up on a mountain as a fire lookout. This "rucksack wanderer" sure met some interesting people on his journeys including poet Allen Ginsberg and Buddhist Gary Snyder. The descriptions of Beat parties are not to be missed. This book and "On The Road" inspired many a hippy to take to the road in search of one's self. 

Memory Babe, A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac. Considered to be the best book about Jack.

Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts. Seth speaks through Jane Roberts and has lots to say. How you create your own reality, why we reincarnate. The Seth books help you learn to integrate your experiences and put a good perspective on life.

The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific, Practical Techniques for Solving Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know (A Seth Book) by Jane Roberts. Another in depth look at ways to improve your life by discovering and understanding your true nature.

A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda. Don Juan is Carlos' guide into the world of the brujo, the sorcerer. With Don Juan's careful tutoring, Carlos is given mind-altering drugs to enable him to perceive the Separate Reality. Naive Carlos is forever making a fool of himself, but Don Juan is patient and has much to teach about the world beyond the veil. Tales of Power, The Fire From Within and The Power of Silence are all good Castaneda books.

Looking for the Summer by Robert W. Norris. A Vietnam War conscientious objector's adventures and search for identity on the road from Paris to Calcutta in 1977. 

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Unusual Socratic dialogue between human and ape discussing the place of man in the nature of things. A cult book. 

A New Model of the Universe by P. D. Ouspensky. Ouspensky makes use of the "hidden knowledge" mystics have passed down through the generations resulting in a mind expanding exploration of the universe beyond our senses. 

Autobiography of a Yogi by Pramahansa Yogananda. This is a tale of devotion of an incredibly loving person for his guru and all life. His life story and the teachings within touch the soul.
The Bhagavad Gita. The classic Indian gospel of Lord Krishna and his devotees. Great inspiration for peace-loving, mantra-chanting, vegetarian-eating hippies. 

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, Gia-Fu Feng translator. This has been hailed as the best English translation of Lao Tzu ever. And that's so important to convey the subtle meanings inherent in the Tao. The nature photography accompanying the text compliments and enhances reflection upon the words.

The Drifters by James Mitchener. Follow six hippie travelers on their outer and inner journeys to exotic places like Marrakech and Mozambique. This book will ignite your spirit of adventure. 

Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig. Now here's a book that really makes you think about how you approach life. This easy reading tale is packed with meaning. 

Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das A westerner who has studied Tibetan Buddhism for twenty years relates how Buddhism can improve our modern lives. 

The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Don't leave life without it! How to exit this world gracefully and assure your return in another body. If it's good enough for the Dali Lama... 

Cannabis & Psychedelic Books

Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna. Terence McKenna is the guru of botanical psychoactives. His shamanic approach to plants and human consciousness enhances our connection to the world beyond the five senses. If you're into expanding your awareness via plants this will help put it all in context.

True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author's Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil's Paradise by Terence McKenna. Another great book by McKenna about his psychedelic experiences.

Indoor Marijuana Horticulture by Jorge Cervantes.  This is THE book for indoor growing. Jorge's thorough research and detail make the guesswork and problem solving easy. 

Marijuana Indoors: Five Easy Gardens by Jorge Cervantes  Another great book looks at five indoor gardens, the techniques used, and the results. Lots of advice, detailed charts, illustrations and excellent photos.

Marijuana Outdoors: Guerrilla Growing by Jorge Cervantes.  Jorge does it again, this time with stories from outdoor gardens in both hemispheres. He covers different climatic zones, remote growing techniques and concealment methods.

Hashish! by Robert Connell Clarke 
This is the most definitive guide to hashish ever published. Well researched with lots of historical and practical information on the subject. Excellent detail, including the various techniques for making hashish. Indispensable for anyone fascinated by the subject. 

Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley.
The classic of psychedelic literature. Based on Huxley's experiences with mescaline and how it "opened the doors" for him. Yes, the Doors named their group after this book. 

Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD : The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond by Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain This book details the development of LSD from a clinical psychologist's tool to a CIA mind control plot to the fuel of a countercultural revolution. Essential reading for conspiracy theorists and mind travelers.

The Little Book of Acid by Cam Cloud 
This small book covers the history of LSD from Albert Hoffman and the Sandoz Laboratories to Owsley, Timothy Leary, and delves into the psychedelic and cultural impact. Includes information about natural alternatives including Hawaiian Woodrose and Morning Glory seeds. 

Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story by Alexander Shulgin. Pihkal stands for Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved. Indeed, the Shulgins know of what they speak and they tell the story of psychedelics and designer drugs including their child, Ecstasy. If you're a talented chemist you might appreciate the 179 recipes included. Tihkal is his other huge book about Tryptamines.

Steven Cerios ABC Book: A Drug Primer by Steven Cerio. This is an alphabet book of drugs, from Angel Dust to Heroin and from Nicotine to Zoloft. Each letter is a different substance of abuse, with delightfully sweet and disturbing full-color illustrations and a page of rhyming couplets suitable for banned rock and roll lyrics. Children 18 and up will have hours of goofy fun looking for all of the weird details in these deeply psychedelic drawings. 

Primo Plant: Growing Marijuana Outdoors by Carolyn Garcia (Mountain Girl) Jerry's wife shows you how to do it outdoors. 

The Sixties

On the Bus: The Complete Guide to the Legendary Trip of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and the Birth of the Counterculture by Paul Perry. This book follows Kesey, Neal Cassady, and the Pranksters as they made psychedelic history "on the bus". 

Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle by Peter Coyote. Peter tells all about his life as a mime, actor, and former Digger! Lots to read about the 60's in San Francisco. 

Groovy, Man: A Trip Through the Psychedelic Years (Rhino Collectible Music Series) by Alan Bisbort, Parke Puterbaugh. This is a new book about the music of a generation that promises to take us back through time with jaded eyes? 

Summer of Love by Lisa Mason. Science Fiction book about a time traveler from 2467 who returns to San Francisco in 1967 to find a girl named Starbright. He encounters an assortment of characters and LSD during the Summer of Love. 

The Times Were a Changin: The Sixties Reader by by Irwin Unger.

1968 by Joe Haldeman. The story of one year in a soldier's life in Vietnam and the 60's counterculture. 

Aquarius Revisited: Seven Who Created the Sixties Counterculture That Changed America (Citadel Underground Series) by Peter O. Whitmer, Bruce Van Wyngarden. The seven are William S. Burroughs; Allen Ginsberg; Key Kesey; Timothy Leary; Norman Mailer; Tom Robbins; Hunter S. Thompson. These are some of the most influential thinkers of the 60s. Find out how they influenced the hippie movement. 

The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground by Ron Jacobs. This book chronicles the genesis and growth of the Weatherman/Weather Underground, a radical antiwar and anti-imperialist group of the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

The Sixties: Years of Hope Days of Rage by Todd Gitlin. Gitlin was elected president of the SDS, Students for a Democratic Society in 1963 and helped organize the first national demonstration against the Vietnam War. This is his story and that of the protest movement of the 60's. 

Hippies by Peter Jedick. Jedick was enrolled at Kent State in the early 70s so he experienced firsthand the student protests leading up to that fateful day in 1970 when four students were shot. This fictional tale relives that era.

Ecology & the Environment

The Ages of Gaia: A Biography of Our Living Earth by J. E. Lovelock. The story of the Earth as an organism. This book details the planet's evolution over a billion years, emphasizing how life forms are interdependent. It also covers man's abuse of his host planet. 
A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold. Leopold is a famous naturalist who helped found the Wilderness Society and worked for the Forest Service. This book is one the most famous works on Ecology. His view is that the 'balance of nature' must be preserved and as much land as possible should be set aside to allow species to continue to thrive. 
Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe. You are not only what you eat, but you affect our planet by your food choices. We can indeed change the world just by changing our diet. Learn all the reasons to become a vegetarian, and in doing so you'll live healthier and so will the planet. 
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. This book did much to raise awareness about how we are poisoning our planet and ourselves, almost 40 years ago. The message is clear, as she presents the facts that will make you think and act to save our ecosystems. 
The Biosphere by V. I. Vernadskii, David B. Langmuir (translator). This classic work from 1927 by Russian scientist Vernadskii founded the Gaian theory. Recently translated into English, it views life as the evolutionary force on the planet.

Hippie Travel Guides

By far the best series of travel books for the independent traveler is Lonely Planet. They focus on budget travel to out of the way places. Their frequently updated books contain a wealth of information including stuff that other guides leave out, like hassles and drug culture. I used Southeast Asia on a Shoestring on my trip through that region and I had a great time. Their website is awesome and has up-to-date info and traveler reports. Their popular TV show on the Travel Channel is one of the best shows about travel, period. Don't miss Ian Wright's shows, he's tops.

Other series are the Rough Guides (available in several languages) and the Insight series with wonderful photos. A new series, the Eyewitness Travel Guides are a visually stunning, graphically intense overview of specific cities and countries. 

Don't forget our own guides to Amsterdam and Morocco at Hip Planet! Go to Hip Planet to get our inside view of these two amazing places.

How-To Books

The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Vishnudevananda. Yoga relaxes, stretches, revitalizes, balances, and tunes you into the life force. Anyone can do it, you don't have to be in perfect shape, and it is one of the most healthy things you can do with your body. This classic book shows you how to perform the Hatha Yoga asanas to help you unify your mind, body and spirit. 

Kundalini Yoga: A Simple Guide to the Yoga of Awareness by Shakti Pawha Kaur Khalsa. This book shows you how to increase your awareness and strengthen the nervous system, balance the glandular system, and harness the energy of the mind and emotion as well as the body. Breathing and chanting your way to a healthier life.

Batik and Tie Dye Techniques by Nancy Belfer. Learn the secrets to great tie-dye and batiks. 
The New Sensual Massage by Gordon Inkeles. A great guide to the art of loving massage. Full of beautiful photos and instructions. Possibly the best book on the subject.

Steal This Book: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Facsimile Edition by Abbie Hoffman. Yippie, media hound, author, anarchist, Abbie was many things to many people. In this book he gives loads of tips on how to get by with no money, how to take advantage of the "system", and how to undermine it. A classic!

The Illustrated Kama Sutra: Ananga-Ranga : Perfumed Garden : Classic Eastern Love Texts by Charles Fowkes, Richard F. Burton, F. F. Arbuthnot. The Kama Sutra is the Tantric guide to spiritual union through sexual and yogic techniques. This beautifully illustrated book will inspire and guide you.

Anne Hooper's Kama Sutra by Anne Hooper. A more contemporary guide to this ancient text emphasizes the finer points of intimacy rather than gymnastic ability.

Anne Hooper's Ultimate Sexual Touch : The Lovers' Guide to Sensual Massage by Anne Hooper. Another excellent guide book to sensuality.

Alternative Weddings: An Essential Guide for Creating Your Own Ceremonies by Jane Ross-MacDonald. This book has lots of ideas for creating a unique ceremony reflecting your personal values. It includes legal requirements, sample vows, poetry/music ideas, and info on the humanist association and Unitarian churches who can officiate at your ceremony.


If you like poetry, at Hippyland we have a large number of poems from hippies posted that you can view. Just go to the Poetry Page.  You can also post your own poetry there!

Here are some selected works of poetry by some of the great poets. These are filled with emotion, love, spirituality, angst and awareness. Good poetry can bring joy, enlightenment and wonder into our lives.

Howl and Other Poems- Allan Ginsberg. Ginsberg's controversial book of poetry that was declared obscene and banned. Ginsberg won the court case, a landmark for free speech. Ginsberg pioneered a new style of writing and artfully expressed his innermost rage at society's shortcomings. Ginsberg's dramatic reading of this work at coffeehouses in the 50s and 60s enthralled those "angelheaded hipsters" and established his reputation in literary circles. 
Wilderness: The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison by Jim Morrison This is a composition of one of the greatest rockstar's poetry ever to live. We too often consider Jim Morrison just as a handsome face with a good voice, but this work really proves that there is much more. It is filled with amazing poetry written throughout his life. Don't expect this book just to be another collection of beautiful flowing words. It gives vision in each poem to places never seen before. 
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Aubrey Beardsley (Illustrator). Gibran's inspirational masterpiece. Divinely inspired philosophy without dogma. A poetic guide to life and peace of mind. 
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. This classic book of poetry by one of America's greatest poets is full of spiritual wisdom. 
101 Classic Love Poems. This book contains a great selection of love poems from the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, The Brownings, Shakespeare, Shelley, and Yeats 
Seeds from a Birch Tree : Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey by Clark Strand. A lot of Zen philosophy and haiku exercises, help you learn to write this simple expressive form of poetry while discovering your inner nature. 
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was one great storyteller. His poems and stories are full of horror, mystery and the macabre. A must for any fan as it includes much more than most Poe books (over 1000 pages).

Music and Musicians

Garcia by Rolling Stone Magazine. This book contains over 150 photos and many articles from Rolling Stone about Jerry and the Grateful Dead. 

Living with the Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus With Garcia and the Grateful Dead by Rock Scully, David Dalton. Scully the former manager of the Grateful Dead details the ups and downs of the group from an insiders viewpoint. 

Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom by Adrian Boot, Chris Salewicz, Rita Marley. 400 photos, illustrations and graphics highlight this book about the life of reggae's superstar from the slums of Trenchtown, Jamaica to legend. 

Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley by Timothy White. This book looks at Marley's legend and life including the Rastafarian culture and reggae's roots. 

The Hendrix Experience by Mitch Mitchell, John A. Platt. Mitchell, the drummer for the Experience offers a lot of insights about Hendrix, as well as some great photos and posters. 

Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin by Ellis Amburn. This account of this most powerful blues singer's troubled life and rise to stardom includes 16 pages of rare photos. 

John Lennon in His Own Write by John Lennon. Enjoyable and funny stories, poems and drawings by Lennon. 

Lennon : The Definitive Biography by Ray Coleman.  At 784 pages this book covers his life with details galore. Book was updated in 1992 with more sources including the family. 

Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison by James Riordan, Jerry Prochnicky. This in depth look at Morrison the rock god and shaman touches all the bases. With more than 50 photos.

Science Fiction

Here are some essential classic works of science fiction for everyone, not just hippies. Most of these are dark visions of a future that may still come to pass. It's fascinating to see how well some of these older works have withstood the test of time. A few have been eerily prophetic. Much of yesterday's sci-fi is today's technology.

Science fiction allows us to ponder "what if" scenarios. These selections focus on the social impact of technology and too much governmental control. Sometimes it's a fine line between utopia and nightmare. 

1984 by George Orwell. A dark scenario of a world where the government controls every facet of your life. Totalitarian Big Brother is watching you! Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth "correcting" little snippets of fact here and there, so the government truth is always correct. Pick up a whole new vocabulary with terms such as "newspeak" and "doublethink" to confuse your mind. Read Animal Farm for another horrifying Orwellian nightmare vision of society gone mad.

2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. A fabulous movie that introduced some new psychedelic special effects. The book was great reading as well, leaving our brains to supply the imaginings realized so well by Stanley Kubrick on film. Arthur C. Clarke expanded this from a short story he wrote back in the 1940's. The story continues in 2010, 2061 and 3001, the Final Odyssey.

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton was scary stuff indeed (the book and the movie). The military develops a method of capturing alien microbes floating through space. One gets loose on earth and time is running out for scientists in a top secret facility to discover a cure. 

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess was published in 1962 and later made into a 1970's movie classic by Stanley Kubrick. Alex, our young protagonist is on violent binge when he gets busted, and the powers that be try brainwashing him into a model citizen. Of course it doesn't work, and he reverts to terror even more enthusiastically.

Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick. It scared the shit out of moviegoers with its stark portrayal of the future gone awry. Harrison Ford hunts down a band of renegade robots in this precursor to the current crop of cyberpunk extravaganzas.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Test tube babies, cloning, soma holidays, so what's new? Perhaps the fact that Huxley wrote about these things in the 1930's when they seemed as unlikely as time travel is today. This classic SF book deals with a scientifically ordered society where everyone has their place, and the populace is groomed to consume. More frightening than it was in the 30's, as it becomes today's reality.

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. Another classic by the inventor of the satellite. Utopian society is achieved on earth when aliens arrive and straighten out our affairs, but after fifty years things get weird. 

Dune by Frank Herbert. A book about Melange, the addictive spice (drug) that permits space travel, hehe. Paul Atreides moves with his family to the spice planet of Dune. His father gets killed, his mother gives birth to a psychic witch and Paul becomes the savior of the planet. The first in a series of books later made into an intense sci-fi film by David Lynch.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. A chilling tale of government mind control. The title refers to the temperature at which books will ignite and burn. In the future books are banned. Your only source of information is the government. You can't have your own ideas. But a group of people are determined to save the great works from the past.

Foundation by Isaac Asimov. This is a series of books about the future, and the science of Psychohistory, or pre-history of the future as predicted mathematically. Spanning millennia; the underlying theme is a utopian society on a hidden planet, secretly observing the passing of history, constantly updating and comparing the pre-written psychohistory written ages ago.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin is for thinkers, philosophers and everyone who likes sci-fi and fantasy. A classic from 1969 the theme is about the differences between civilizations and how to bring them together. A primer for utopia? Heavy reading but well worth it.

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Is it sci-fi or is it fantasy? Who cares, we all read this tale of Middle Earth and the evils lurking under mountains. These books inspired a generation of dungeon and dragon tales and games, as well as many an acid trip. The incredible characters ranging from Frodo to Gollum will amaze and entertain you for days.

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs was a breakthrough Science Fiction book about controlling the masses of the Interzone. It is a world dominated by drugs, sex, and power. Allen Ginsberg helped Burroughs piece together the stream of consciousness fragments of prose. Considered a landmark work of fiction, it was banned in Boston as obscene until the courts ruled otherwise creating a legal precedent for free speech. Made into an excellent movie by David Cronenburg.

The Postman by David Brin. This book is an interesting essay on what could happen in a New World where civilization has completely broken down, and hippie communal ideals come to the fore and everyone strives to achieve lasting peace. The movie totally trashed the plot of the book - skip it.

Star Trek - if ever a TV series influenced an entire generation it has to be this one. The utopian society envisioned by Gene Roddenberry is a model for us. The prime directive has to be hippie thinking in it's purest form. The "Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager" sequel series have their ups and downs, but the legend also lives on in a number of quality blockbuster films and books.

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. It's "a brilliant mind bender" according to Kurt Vonnegut. The story is of a Mars-born human who is transported back to earth as an adult. Naive at first, he ends up transforming society by way of his shocking perceptions of earth society. This book should be read by all who are interested in the dangers of trying to create a new society without destroying the old.

To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer was the first in a vast series about the fabled Riverworld. Imagine a planet covered by land with one long incredibly sinuous river snaking across it's surface. The place isn't real, but every soul that has ever lived on Earth has suddenly awakened along the banks of this mighty stream. Historical characters band together and attempt to figure out why they are there and what is the purpose of this place. Four other books followed in the series.

Vegetarian Cookbooks

Greens Cookbook: Extraordinary Vegetarian Cuisine from the Celebrated Restaurant. This fabulous cookbook let's you sample the famous cuisine of the legendary Green's restaurant in San Francisco. Unusual, creative dishes are a welcome relief from ordinary vegetarian cooking. If you ever get to San Francisco visit the Green's. Until then you let these tempting recipes whet your appetite! 

Moosewood Cookbook - by Mollie Katzen. Gourmet vegetarian recipes from the Moosewood Restaurant that started a culinary trend. Revised edition with healthier (less fat) recipes. 

The Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen. Another classic vegetarian cookbook from Katzen! 

Still Life With Menu Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. Mollie does it again this time with whole menus emphasizing freshness and variety. 

Book of Tofu by Willam Shurtleff. This is the bible of making tofu at home or in a small shop. Shurtleff has thoroughly researched tofu making in Japan and walks you through the process. This healthy, tasty food along with it's wonderful by products, okara and whey should be on every vegetarian's menu. By making it fresh at home you achieve the finest quality and taste. 

Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown. This book from the famous Zen Monastery in California is full of great recipes for whole grain breads. Find out just how good bread can be!

The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking by Laurel Robertson, Carol Fliners, Bronwen Godfrey, Lavyrl Roberston. Another great baking book.

Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook by Editors of Vegetarian Times Editor), Lucy Moll (Contributor). Over 600 recipes make this a new standard for vegetarian cooking. 

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. Over 800 excellent recipes covering every style of vegetarian cooking. A new classic. 

The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook: 350 Essential Recipes for Inspired Everyday Eating by Jack Bishop.

30-Minute Vegetarian Thai Cookbook by Sarah Beattie.  If you love Thai food, here's how to make it quick, easy, and vegetarian at home. 


The '60s - The complete miniseries. (1999) This fictional story traces a family's experiences through the turbulent '60s.  Excellent combination of non-fictional archival footage and great music of the period brings home the messages of the decade.  We thought this movie is a relatively accurate portrayal of the times, though rather melodramatic. VHS, also available: DVD,VHS-Spanish subtitles.

Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music (The Director's Cut - Widescreen) (1970) This is the movie that captures the spirit of a generation.  With legendary performances by Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Janis Joplin and Santana you get as close as you can to being there.  Lots of footage of the crowds and interviews with the stars and audience.  This won the Academy Award for best documentary.  The director's cut has 40 more minutes and improved audio.  But the way to go with this one is DVD

Monterey Pop-The Film (1967) This was the first rock and roll festival, two years before Woodstock. An event which brought out the hippies from L.A. to S.F. to Europe.  Landmark performances by Janis Joplin and the U.S. debut of Jimi Hendrix are not to be missed!  Other great sets by The Who, Otis Redding and Ravi Shankar make this classic movie a must. 

Gimme Shelter (1970) This excellent documentary of the Rolling Stones and their concert at Altamont is a grippingly real portrait of the dark side of rock and roll. The Stones and their promoters had to jump through hoops just to give a free concert outside of San Francisco.  The ensuing drug fueled debacle climaxed as Mick sang 'Sympathy for the Devil' with the murder of one man who drew a gun.  Charges against the Hell's Angels (who provided security) were dismissed.  It's a harrowing vision of the flower people out of control.

Message to Love, The Isle of Wight Festival (1970) This documentary captures the highlights and low points of this controversial event. Outstanding performances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and the Doors contrast with the hassles involved and the corporate greed surrounding the event. Many say this (and Altamont) were the closing chapter of the hippy decade.  Also on DVD.

Jimi Hendrix (1973) This excellent documentary on the life, loves and music of Jimi is a must for fans. Lots of tidbits including an interview with Dick Cavett show the sweet gentle man as he is.  Lots of great concert footage from Woodstock, Monterey and Isle of Wight. Dig it!

Easy Rider (1969) This famous cult movie starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson has many fans.  It's about a couple of guys "on the road" looking for the "real" America.  This is a movie about hippies and freedom. Highlighted by a great soundtrack with tunes by The Byrds, The Band, Steppenwolf and Jimi Hendrix.  Also available in Widescreen.

Hair (1979) Directed by Milos Forman, the movie has more of a plot than the play.  Choreography by Twyla Tharp.  The music is the standout, bring it together.  Also available: DVD, The Broadway Cast on Audio CD

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) Andrew Lloyd Webber's broadway rock opera smash stars Ted Neely in the title role.  You've read the book, now see the movie!  No, really it's a great telling of the tale in true hippy style.  The classic songs are full of emotion. Also available in widescreen and DVD and Audio CD.

The Fabulous 60's, An Overview.  Peter Jennings reviews the 1960s with tons of archival footage and commentary.  This is part of a series that covers each year one video at a time.

Webguide to the Best Hippie Links
I wanted to give you a list of the best hippy links, but when we checked the ones we had so many sites were gone, and many new ones have appeared. So the best thing to do is go to Hippyland where the sites are all categorized according to subject, and updated regularly. We list only those quality sites with the most content of interest to hippies. All can be accessed from our Homepage at http://hippy.com

Our categories include:
The '60s, Hippiedom, Drugs, Music, Mind Expansion, Travel, Peace, Mother Earth, The Arts, Love, Munchies, Connections (to other hippie sites). If you're looking to buy something check out the Hip Market page: (http://hipmarket.com) That's located on our sister site, Hip Planet: (http://hipplanet.com) where you can also get Free-Email, Fashion & Travel tips, leave personal or classified ads and much more. 

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