The Hippie Trail: A History

Sharif Gemie, Brian Ireland

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    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 Hippie Trail 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? The book also considers how the travellers have been represented in films, novels and autobiographical accounts.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherManchester University Press
    Number of pages264
    ISBN (Print) 978-1526114624
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2017


    • Hippie Trail
    • hippy trail
    • counterculture of the 1960s
    • 1960s
    • Oral history
    • Social and cultural history


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