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A Hero for High Times: A Younger Reader's Guide to the Beats, Hippies, Freaks, Punks, Ravers, New-Age Travellers and Dog-on-a-Rope Brew Crew Crusties of the British Isles, 1956-1994 (Paperback)
  • A Hero for High Times: A Younger Reader's Guide to the Beats, Hippies, Freaks, Punks, Ravers, New-Age Travellers and Dog-on-a-Rope Brew Crew Crusties of the British Isles, 1956-1994 (Paperback)
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A Hero for High Times: A Younger Reader's Guide to the Beats, Hippies, Freaks, Punks, Ravers, New-Age Travellers and Dog-on-a-Rope Brew Crew Crusties of the British Isles, 1956-1994 (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 15/02/2018
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Deep in a wood in the Marches of Wales, in an ancient school bus there lives an old man called Bob Rowberry. A Hero for High Times is the story of how he ended up in this broken-down bus. It's also the story of his times, and the ideas that shaped him. It's a story of why you know your birth sign, why you have friends called Willow, why sex and drugs and rock'n'roll once mattered more than money, why dance music stopped the New-Age Travellers from travelling, and why you need to think twice before taking the brown acid. It's the story of the hippies for those who weren't there - for Younger Readers who've never heard of the Aldermaston marches, Oz, the Angry Brigade, the Divine Light Mission, Sniffin' Glue, Operation Julie, John Seymour, John Michell, Greenham Common, the Battle of the Beanfield, but who want to understand their grandparents' stories of turning on, tuning in and not quite dropping out before they are gone for ever. It's for Younger Readers who want to know how to build a bender, make poppy tea, and throw the I-Ching. And it's a story of friendship between two men, one who did things, and one who thought about things, between theory and practice, between a hippie and a punk, between two gentlemen, no longer in the first flush of youth, who still believe in love.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224097086
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Extraordinary... What a seditious, crackpot, transcendental riot this book is. My book of the year, and it's only February." -- Roger Lewis * The Times *
"Listen carefully, children, to a checklist of the British underground scene... This amiable and engaging blog-doc is an Odyssey for elective outsiders. Here are real monsters and sirens of Soho and Presteigne, legions of the talkative dead, and a great rattletrap camper van voyage carrying us back to the point of origin... A Hero for High Times is Ian Marchant's monumental defence of the alternative way." -- Iain Sinclair * Guardian *
"Infectious... [A] hugely engaging compendium of high ideals, low morals and apeshit behaviour." -- John Walsh * Sunday Times *
"A defiant, funny lament for lost ideals." * The Sun *
"An up close and personal story of the counterculture... as well as a rumination on the nature of friendship." * Choice Magazine **Pick of the Paperbacks** *
"A lament for lost hope and a lost radicalism amid the conservatism of the contemporary world." -- Teddy Jamieson * Glasgow Herald *

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