The hippie trail

A history

By Sharif Gemie and Brian Ireland

The hippie trail


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1462-4
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £10.00
  • Published Date: November 2017
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Social History, Oral History, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Humanities / Social & cultural history, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, Oral history, Popular culture, Social & cultural history, Cultural Studies, Modern History, History


This is the first history of the Hippie Trail. It records the joys and pains of budget travel to Kathmandu, India, Afghanistan and other 'points east' in the 1960s and 1970s. Written in a clear, simple style, it provides detailed analysis of the motivations and the experiences of hundreds of thousands of hippies who travelled eastwards. The book is structured around four key debates: were the travellers simply motivated by a search for drugs? Did they encounter love or sexual freedom on the road? Were they basically just tourists? Did they resemble pilgrims? It also considers how the travellers have been represented in films, novels and autobiographical accounts, and will appeal to those interested in the Trail or the 1960s counterculture, as well as students taking courses relating to the 1960s.


'[A] well-written, comprehensive volume, one that can equally serve classrooms, research, and the general reader interested in a fascinating chapter in this important era'
Tom Fels, The Sixties, A Journal of History, Politics and Culture


Introduction: beginning the trail
1 Drugs and the trail
2 Sex and love on the road
3 The hippie as tourist
4 The hippie as pilgrim
5 Representing the trail: Hideous Kinky and beyond
Epilogue: ending the journey


Dr Sharif Gemie is a historian of modern Europe. He has mainly researched on minority peoples, including refugees, Muslims in Europe, Bretons and Galicians

Dr Brian Ireland is a modern American historian. He has written about such diverse topics as the US military in Hawaii, commemoration and remembrance, travelogues and road movies, rock music, comic books, television, and science fiction literature

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