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Lifestyles of the Hippies

Hippie Trip coverThe Hippie Trip
Yablonsky
1968

Here is your insider guide to the mysterious world of hippies. This mostly academic work details the lifestyles of hippie culture through surveys, interviews and case studies.Yablonsky is a relatively important figure and his unorthodox research methods were part of an “immersion” philosophy as an academic. (He died in 2014 and you can read his obituary here.) Obviously, his work is important and should be included in sociology collections in the academic world. A larger public library would also probably consider including this in the collection, if community interest supported this kind of work.

I kind of chuckle since it reminds me of my undergraduate intro course in Sociology back in the day where the professor used the “hip” dialogue so he could relate to his students. Even in the late 70s, this guy sounded dated and ridiculous. I will also never forget that his opening lecture included the line: “Sociology is what sociologists do.”

Stay groovy everyone and tell it like it is,

Mary

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Salad Days

Recipes on Parade: Salad cover

Salads
Recipes On Parade
Favorite Recipes Press
1966

All the salads you can possibly imagine are here in this book. Very few recipes featuring traditional greens, but of course the staples of potato salad, macaroni salad and our good friend Jell-o are featured the most. Jell-o based food is a popular topic here at ALB and as a Midwesterner, I grew up with just about every iteration of jello known.

Without a doubt, molded food was quite the trend from the late 1950s through the 1970s. My mom still has a collection of molds and I know I was given my share when I got married in the early 1980s. I don’t mind the basic sweet jello from my childhood, but I will draw the line at the molded beet and cabbage salad featured in the 3rd picture below. It’s so wrong on so many levels.

Mary

Indulge yourself with more Jell-o based cooking:

Salmon Jell-o Anyone

It’s Congealed!

Who Doesn’t Like Jell-o?

 

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We are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against

People our parents warned us against cover

We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us Against
A Close-Up of the Whole Hippie Scene
Von Hoffman
1968

If you were a parent back in the day of hippies, this was your guidebook to the inside life of those crazy kids. Here are the inside stories told from some hippie children from Haight-Ashbury in 1967. You can learn groovy words like: pushing, scoring, tripping, acid, and smack. There is also lots of group sex and marijuana. Not a bad cultural profile, but a bit disorganized for reading. The author throws in ads, headlines, and other text that seem to be chapter markers, but aren’t really related. Maybe the author was trying to make a statement with his more “free form” organization.

Sample Hippie Joke:

Q – Do you know what happened to the hippy who crossed IBM with LSD?

 A – He went on a business trip.

Everyone stay groovy, and feel free to contemplate the good old days with Jimmy Buffett’s song of nearly the same title.

Mary

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