Katherine Doniak is a Midlands3Cities AHRC-funded PhD student in the History of Art Department at the University of Nottingham. Her doctoral research focuses on Conceptual Art and its relationship with the American Counterculture of the 1960s. For a full academic profile, and contact details see: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/art-history/people/adxkmd

Book Review: American Hippies by W.J. Rorabaugh

Proclaiming its title against a bright, tie-dye backdrop in swirling, psychedelic font, the visual appearance of W.J. Rorabaugh’s latest work could be said to somewhat underplay the scholarly worth of its contents. This is, however, perhaps fitting given its subject matter. Where recognised at all as something separate and distinct from the era’s climate of activism, the counterculture has often been portrayed as a colourful, but ultimately frivolous sideshow within broad histories of the 1960s, and it is in this respect that the account offered by Rorabaugh differs. Continue reading