The Counterculture Reader

Editor: E. A. Swingrover

Publication date: 2003


A collection of essays, memoirs, extracts from longer works, poems and song lyrics that provide an overview of the counterculture movements of the 1960's.

The contents are as follows.

1. Beats And Commentators

  • Jack Kerouac, From Dharma Bums
  • William Burroughs, "Burroughs After Lunch"
  • Michael McClure, From Scratching the Beat Surface
  • Gary Snyder, "Note on the Religious Tendencies"
  • Diane DiPrima, "Revolutionary Letter #1"
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti, From Pictures of the Gone World #21
  • Frank Conroy, "My Generation"
2. Freaks And Hippies
  • Thomas Pynchon, From The Crying of Lot 49
  • Robert Pirsig, From Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Helen Swick Perry, The Human Be-In
  • Tribhuwan Kapur, Hippies: A Study of Their Drug Habits and Sexual Customs
  • John Sinclair, "Rock and Roll is a Weapon of the Cultural Revolution"
  • Peter Coyote, From Sleeping Where I Fall
  • Iris Keltz, From Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie
  • "Close Encounters with New Buffalo"
  • "Founding of Morningstar Commune"
3. Drugs And Bombs
  • Timothy Leary, "Turning on the World"
  • Tom Wolfe, From The Electric Acid Kool-Aid Test
  • Hunter S. Thompson, From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Cheryl Pellerin, From Trips
  • L.M. Kit Carson, "Easy Rider: A Very American Thing: An Interview with Dennis Hopper"
  • Jean Genet, "The Members of the Assembly"
4. "Why The Counterculture Loves Indians, Black People, And Everybody"
  • Mary Crow Dog, From Lakota Woman
  • Wendy Rose, "To the White Poets Who Would Be Indian"
  • Leslie Silko, From Almanac of the Dead
  • Eldridge Cleaver, From Soul on Ice
  • Al Calloway, An Introduction to Soul"
5. Bra Burners, Stonewallers, And Punk Rockers
  • Susan Brownmiller, "The Enemy Within"
  • Frances Beale, "Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female"
  • Doris Lessing, "A Woman on a Roof"
  • Jerry Lisker, (Stonewall Riots, 1969) "Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees are Stinging Mad"
  • Andrew Holleran, From The Dancer from the Dance
  • Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, From Please Kill Me. The Uncensored History of Punk
6. The End Of The Counterculture
  • Punks, Skateboarders and the New Anarchy
  • Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, From Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Punk"
  • "The Music We've Been Waiting to Hear"
  • "There's a Riot Going On"
  • Iggy Pop, "Now I Wanna Be Your Dog"
  • Lester Bangs, "The Clash"
  • "Richard Hell: Death Means Never Having to Say You're Incomplete"
  • Greil Marcus, From Ranters and Crowd Pleasers
  • Carlos Izan, From Skateboarder "Aspects of the Downhill Slide"
7. Counterculture Legacies
  • Joelle Fraser, From: The Territory of Men: A Memoir "San Francisco"
  • Daniel Pinchbeck, "Children of the Beats"
  • Walter Berns, "The Assault on the Universities: Then and Now"
  • Peter Collier and David Horowitz, From Destructive Generation
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