Brian and Sharif at the 2018 Felixstowe Book Festival

Brian and Sharif will be appearing at the Felixstowe Book Festival27 June to 1st July 2018. Full details will appear on the festival website in due course.

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Another Book Launch event

We’ve organised a second book launch for those who live locally and can’t make it to the London book launch. Details below. All welcome.

Friday 12 January 2018, 7.30pm
Cwtsh Community Centre, 226 Stow Hill, Newport NP20 4HA

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Book Launch

We’ve organised an informal book launch at 7pm on Wed 6th December at:

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London N1 9DX

Sharif and Brian will be reading passages from the book, and copies will be available to buy.

Feel free to drop in. All welcome!

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Updated book cover and new video

Manchester University Press have decided to release the book with a full dust jacket instead of a simple image printed onto the book cover. See pic. They’ve also released a promotional video on YouTube [ ].


book cover

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The Hippie Trail: now available to pre-order on Amazon UK

The Hippie Trail: a history, 1957-78

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Easy Jet in-flight magazine article on the Hippy Trail

Sharif provided some help and info for Andy Hill’s Easy Jet in-flight magazine article on the Hippy Trail (click link for pdf file)


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Ain’t Going to Goa by Alabama Three

This song has been around for a while but it has only just been brought to my attention. It’s an anti-hippie song which reflects a more conservative approach to the 1960s, to spirituality etc. Posted here for info only.

I believe I’m gonna
Shut down my chakras, shift Shiva offa my shelf
Take down my tie dyes, my Tibetan bells
Cool down my karma with a can of O.P.T.
Ain’t no call for Casteneda in my frontline library.

There’s one thing I know, Lord above,
I ain’t gonna go,
I ain’t goin’ to Goa, Ain’t goin’ to Goa now
Ain’t goin’ to Goa, Ain’t gonna Goa now.

Ain’t dancin’ trance, no thanx, no chance to tranquilize me.
Ain’t sippin’ no smart bar drinks, you, that don’t satisfy me.
Dosing up my dharma, with a drop of gasoline,
I ain’t down with Mr. McKenna, tantric mantra talkin’ don’t move me.

I don’t need no freaky, deeky, fractal geometry, crystal silicon chip.
I ain’t walking on lay lines, reading no High Times put me on another bad trip.
Timothy Leary, just check out this theory,
He sold acid for the F.B.I.
Well, he ain’t no website wonder, the guru just went under,
You can keep your California Sunshine.

‘Cause the righteous truth is, there ain’t nothing worse than
Some fool lying on some Third World beach wearing
Spandex, psychedelic trousers, smoking damn dope
Pretending he gettin’ consciousness expansion. I want
Consciousness expansion, I go to my local tabernacle
An’ I sing with the brothers and sisters

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Book Cover

It looks very much like this will be the cover of our book! 🙂


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British Academy workshop on interdisciplinary research

History researcher Dr Maria Nita (left) displays our poster at yesterday’s British Academy workshop on interdisciplinary research. We’ve achieved much of what we set out to do on the Hippy Trail. We interviewed dozens of really interesting and lovely people. We’ve provided a resource (this forum), which will be ongoing, and will allow ex-travellers to continue to share their experiences and reconnect with old friends. And we’ve published some of our research, with more to come next year. This project has inspired us to continue research into this era so we’ve started a new project called ‘A Social History of Pop Festivals: Woodstock, Glastonbury, Altamont, Isle of Wight’. We’ve set up a new blog on that subject and it will be up and running soon:

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You Say You Want a Revolution? (exhibition at the V&A)

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970

What : Exhibitions

When : 10 September 2016- 26 February 2017

Where :  Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

EXHIBITION: This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the time changed the way we live today and think about the future.–Records-and-Rebels-1966—1970/dt/2016-10-07/free/2

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