Item description for The Haight-Ashbury: A History by Charles Perry...
Overview In honor of the fortieth anniversary of the legendary San Francisco scene, this comprehensive account of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury draws on personal experiences, period documents, and scores of interviews to illuminate and assess an important counterculture phenomenon. Reprint.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
ISBN 193295855X ISBN13 9781932958553
Reviews - What do customers think about The Haight-Ashbury: A History?
Unconventional History for an Unconventional Neighborhood Apr 5, 2008
This is not your typical historical account. Perry does not cite sources or historical records in the body of the book. Instead it seems like he relies on either his own recollections or believes that we, the readers, will just trust and know that what he is telling us is correct. This is particularly unnerving when he recounts very detailed facts about some of the incidents. I bought this book because I was doing a thesis paper on the Haight-Ashbury's entire history. I was very disappointed when I received this book and realized that, except from a very short overview of the neighborhood's start, Perry only tells the story of the Haight during the sixties with a few additional pages describing the decades after. This is not a total history by any stretch. And, as mentioned above, Perry's lack of factual evidence cited made me think this book, while an interesting read, was probably a faulty historical account. However, after my thesis paper lead me to do research at the San Francisco Public Library's historical records department, I can say with confidence that Perry's facts are correct and can be collaborated with actual records. Why Perry chose to not cite evidence I cannot say, but as far as I can tell his facts are correct. So, if you are looking for a total history, no this is not it. This is also not an academic account. However, it offers short (but usually very detailed) descriptions about the Haight's birth as a counter-culture haven to the full-fledged "home of the hippies" that most people (not from the Bay Area) still think of when they hear the name Haight-Ashbury.
Almost Like Being There... Mar 18, 2008
THE HAIGHT-ASHBURY: A HISTORY book by Charles Perry gives you a fly-on-the-wall experience of the turbulent epicenter of the counter-culture revolution that began in the 60s.
Starting with a brief history of the area, Perry provides a detailed account of the people, places, and events that would shape a relatively obscure and dilapidated area of San Francisco into one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world.
I enjoyed reading the book. Not only does the author write in detail about the major players of that time (Ken Kesey, The Diggers, Owsley, etc.), but he also provides the street addresses to many of the more famous/infamous places in the Haight(Psychedelic Shop, Free Clinic, The Drogstore Cafe, etc.). The book also has black & white photos of the people and places written about.
Perry also discusses the down fall of the Haight after the 60s and what happened to most of the people and places that were fixtures during its heyday.
I recommend it to anyone who's interested in the 60s-Hippie movement.
Great History Book Jan 2, 2008
Bought as a Christmas present for my dad. He loves it. Took him back to "those days". We both recommend this book as a great read and history reference.
The Haight Ashbury Jul 6, 2007
A lame "history" concentrating on a few famous characters. Boring reciting of facts with no sense of the excitement, the feeling that "we can change the world", no emotions of the sheer joy of being alive at such a time. Was it misguided? Was it without a deep philosophy and not well thought out? Was it more fun than anyone ever thought possible? Yes, yes, and yes. I was there. Perry wasn't and it shows.
The 60ies unfolding before your eyes Jun 12, 2007
What a great book! I got it because i wanted to explore how the whole hippie movement started and how it evolved (and eventually collapsed). This book is just perfect for that! The author has done a great job researching the era and presenting detailed stories and nice pictures. He also mentions various other historical milestones in the course of events in order to put the whole story in perspective. The narrative conveys a feeling of nostalgia, although it also lays down some hard facts and shortcomings of the "experimentation" that took place during those years. Overall it's a very good book, a one i really enjoyed reading. If you've always wondered about what exactly happened in the Haight-Ashbury during the late 60ies that's a very good place to start.