Hey guys, just making a personal note of some books I’d like to check out in the future so I can read up on one of my main obsessions: Countercultures!

I just finished Counter Culture Through the Ages by R.U. Sirius (AKA Ken Goffman) about a week or so ago and would just like to note some of the books from the bibliography that I’d like to read to get more familair with them as a historical movement and to try to tease out some philosophical presumptions about them that they may all share in some way or another. Goffman’s work here has been an invaluable start but I need to go deeper.

Here they are (unless otherwise noted with a * they can be found in the bibliography):

Part 1: The Makings of Counter-Cultures

Chapter Two: A Different Type of Human Excellence: Defining Counterculture

Revolution for the Hell of it by “Free” (a.k.a. Abbie Hoffman)
Flashback: A personal and Cultural History of an Era by Timothy Leary
The Making of a Counter-Culture by Theodore Roszak

Part Two: Across the Span of Times and Places

Chapter Four: Leap into the Boundless: Taoism

The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu by Chuang Tzu
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
The Way of Liberation: Essays and Lectures on the Transformation of the Self by Alan Watts

Chapter Five: The Hand that Stopped the Mind: The Zen Counterculture

Essays in Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki
An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by Alan Watts
The Golden Age of Zen by John C. H. Wu

Chapter 9: To Each his own God: The American Transcendentalists

The New England Transcendentalists: Life of the Mind and of the Spirit by Ellen Hansen
The Transcendentalists by Barbara Packeer (*)
American Transcendentalism by Phillip Gurra (*)
Brook Farm: The Dark Side of Utopia Sterling Delano (*)

Part III: After Hiroshima, “The” Counterculture

Chapter Eleven: Rebels Without a Cause

Understanding the Beats by Edward Foster
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage by Todd Gitlin
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
The White Negro by Norman Mailer

Chapter Twelve: When you Change with Every New Day: The Youth Counterculture, 1960-1967

em>Freak Culture by Daniel Foss
Revolution for the Hell of it by “Free” (a.k.a. Abbie Hoffman)
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage by Todd Gitlin
Flashback: A personal and Cultural History of an Era by Timothy Leary
The New Left: A History by William O’Neill
The Making of a Counter-Culture by Theodore Roszak

Chapter Thirteenth: Wild in the Streets: The Youth Counterculture, 1968-1972

Freak Culture by Daniel Foss
Revolution for the Hell of it by “Free” (a.k.a. Abbie Hoffman)
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage by Todd Gitlin
Play Power: Exploring the International Underground by Richard Neville
The New Left: A History by William O’Neill
The Making of a Counter-Culture by Theodore Roszak
Do It! Scenarios of the Revolution by Jerry Rubin

Chapter Fourteen: That which does not Kill me Makes Me Hipper: The Hedonist/Nihilist Countercultures of the 1970s (Note: I lovee that play on the phrase, “that which does not kill me”!)

Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus
Please Kill me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McNeil

And a more general suggestion from a comrade on Facebook

America’s Communal Utopias by Donald Pitzer

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As you can see I have a particular interest in the 60s and really want to spend a good amount of time studying those years in particular. Not only for their general historical importance but also because I want to (eventually) research deeper into the alliance that was made between the New Left and libertarians like Karl Hes and Murray Rothbard. I want to see if I can at least tease out some clues to see if it was genuine and what went right and wrong and what we can learn.

Aside from that I don’t have any real deadlines to read or pickup any of this material. It’ll happen as my time and energy allow. This is just a helpful reminder.

For now I’ve gotta finish my book review of Karl Hess’s Community Technology and then move on to reading Rothbard’s The Ethics of Liberty and do a chapter by chapter review ending with a last blog post about my overall feelings on the book as a whole.

So look for all of that to be happening in the near future! 🙂