Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the attendees at the Woodstock Festival. For the book by Abbie Hoffman, see Woodstock Nation book. It comes from the title of a book written later that year by Yippie activist Abbie Hoffman , describing his experiences at the festival. More generally, however, the term is used as a catch-all phrase for those individuals of the baby boomer generation in the United States who subscribed to the values of the American counterculture of the s and early s. The term is often interchangeable with hippie , although the latter term is sometimes used as an oath of derision.
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Nov 07, Richard rated it really liked it I was at Woodstock, considered myself a citizen of Woodstock Nation the counter-culture and loved Abbie Hoffman, so of course I loved this book.
I read everything Abbie wrote - he altered my politics, was an apologist for extended adolescence, and was right up there with Paul Krassner as a knock-out funny critic of "the system. Again, probably an artifact of its times, but really I was at Woodstock, considered myself a citizen of Woodstock Nation the counter-culture and loved Abbie Hoffman, so of course I loved this book.
Again, probably an artifact of its times, but really important to me at the time. It made Abbie Hoffman one of my heroes. The world changed in ways that Abbie could not foresee like: a huge number of his ardent fans died of AIDS during those Reagan-Bush years.
I buried 78 of them. Thank you Abbie. Glad to have you along for the ride! It was a depressing summer of sitting in courtrooms and waiting for the Big Trial to begin in Chicago. I found I spent a lot of time discussing my arrests and began wondering if I would end up like Lenny Bruce. The picture of him lying naked on the bathroom floor that I had seen flashed through my mind each day.
Hoffman was raised in a middle-class Jewish household and had two younger siblings. As a child in the s and s, he was a member of what has been described as "the transitional generation between the beatniks and hippies ". He described his childhood as "idyllic" and the s as "a great time to grow up in. In his sophomore year, Hoffman was expelled from Classical High School , a now-closed public high school in Worcester. Hoffman jumped on the teacher and started fighting him until he was restrained and removed from the school. After his expulsion, he attended Worcester Academy , graduating in Hoffman engaged in many behaviors typical of rebellious teenagers in the s, such as riding motorcycles, wearing leather jackets, and sporting a ducktail haircut.