Course Description: Join Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters on a psychedelic bus ride across the country as he kick-starts the hippie movement of the 1960s ... get introduced to the notorious biker gang, the Hells Angels ... experience fear and loathing when you learn about the obscene journey of Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson as he travels to Las Vegas into "the Savage Heart of the American Dream" ... take a journey back in time to watch the most historic performances of rock gods Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin at the Monterey Pop Festival ... journey into the frontiers of the mind with Timothy Leary … find Eastern enlightenment with Ram Dass … rage against the system with armed and hostile Black Panthers … jam with musicians Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and other folk legends.
Counterculture 2 begins with a brief background of the 1950s Beat Generation and then transitions into a study of the folk music and lyrics of Bob Dylan and his contemporaries, as they struggle to fight social injustice and protest the war. Next, the course will examine the Hippie movement in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a New Journalistic account of the west coast counterculture of the Sixties. We will learn about the rise of Acid Rock and the events that led to the Summer of Love in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. We will also study the essentials of New Journalism and Gonzo Journalism, two new forms of writing pioneered in the 1960s and 1970s. We will move on to uncover the true motivations of the revolutionary Black Panthers, including Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver, as they struggle for civil rights and an end to social inequality and persecution, initiating programs to serve the underprivileged in their communities. Why did they carry guns, what was their link to Malcolm X, what was their revolutionary philosophy that got them into so much trouble, and what is their legacy?
Comments: Senior elective. Completion of Counterculture Literature 1 is not required.
UC / CSU Approved