Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Moments
Preface to the 2014 Edition

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pp. 12-29

. . . Chromium-plated double exhaust pipes and high exuberant mudguards all helped to give the bikes an exaggerated look of fierce power. It was also common practice to remove the baffles from the silencer box on the exhaust, in order to allow the straight-through thumping of the exhaust gases from the cylinder to carry their explosion directly into the atmosphere....

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1 Introduction: Profanity and Creativity

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pp. 1-12

The sheer surprise of a living culture is a slap to reverie. Real, bustling, startling cultures move. They exist. They are something in the world. They suddenly leave behind—empty, exposed, ugly—ideas of poverty, deprivation, existence and culture. Real events can save us much philosophy....

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PART ONE

He used to have a rocket, you know, this mate of mine. You know, and I felt sick when I heard he’d died, ’cause we’d had some good times, you know, and I felt sick. I had a dream about it, you know. In heaven St Peter is there, and there’s a dirty great big open road . . . there’s nothing coming this way, you know, just that way, and...

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2 The Motor-Bike Boys

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pp. 15-68

I made contact with a motor-bike club in a large English city in 1969, and continued field work and interviews there over a period of nine months. The club is now closed and the members disbanded. During the period of ‘the research’ the club was very successful, and always full, and had an official membership in the hundreds. The boys...

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3 The Motor-Bike

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pp. 69-81

The motor-bike both reflected and generated many of the central meanings of the bike culture. It must be understood as one of the main elements of its stylistic make-up.
In a general and unspecific way, it was clear that the motor-bike was one of the main interests of the motor-bike boys....

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4 The Golden Age

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pp. 82-104

Pop music was a manifest and ever-present part of the environment of the motor-bike boys: it pervaded their whole culture. In simple quantitative terms, there was a massive interaction with pop music. It is clear, however, that the significance of this relationship went very much further than an arbitrary or random juxtaposition....

PART TWO

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5 The Hippies

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pp. 107-176

I made contact with ‘the hippy scene’ of a large industrial city in November 1969. ‘Head’ is a more recent title for the ‘hippy’, more exactly representing the later drug experiences of the culture, and derived from the more specific ‘acid head’. I will use both terms in my account even though ‘head’ is really more appropriate to what I shall be...

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6 The Experience of Drugs

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pp. 177-200

Drugs were used massively by the hippies. A survey by the local vicar showed that drug use was very common and another survey by a Church of England worker, Spiritual Undercurrents on the Drug Scene, unquestioningly took the hippies I have been describing as archetypal examples of drug-users. The drug squad said that the hippy culture...

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7 The Creative Age

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pp. 201-222

In sheer quantitative terms, there was a massive interaction between a certain kind of pop music and the hippy culture. It is hard to conceive of the hippy without linking him to a certain kind of ‘progressive’ pop music. It is a relationship which could be arbitrary or random as duly recorded, in their customary manner, by the city drug squad....

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8 Conclusions: Cultural Politics

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pp. 223-238

At its best ethnography does something which theory and commentary cannot: it presents human experience without minimizing it, and without making it a passive reflex of social structure and social conditions. It reproduces the profane creativity of living cultures. It breaks the spell of theoretical symmetry: drily proposed contradictions and problems become uncertainty, activity, effort, failure and...

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EPILOGUE

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pp. 239-246

At various stages and after numerous drafts, I tried to contact members of the bike and hippy cultures I had known and taped conversations with during my field work. I have still not been able to get in touch with any of the bikeboys, to show them this book, but I have, however, been in contact with some of the hippies several times. One of them agreed to formulate some responses to the book:...

THEORETICAL APPENDIX

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pp. 247-266

NOTES

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pp. 267-272

INDEX

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pp. 273-276