Hippie Hippie Shake eBook · Hippie Hippie MOBI


  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Hippie Hippie Shake
  • Richard Neville
  • English
  • 14 February 2016
  • 9780747515548

10 thoughts on “Hippie Hippie Shake

  1. Christopher Christopher says:

    Richard Neville the editor of a little publication called OZ was a key figure among the international underground of the late 1960s those freaks hippies and political radicals with whom the era is so identified I first became familiar with his activities during this time by reading his 1970 book PLAYPOWER a fascinating journalistic chronicle of three years of social change when it seemed the old order of things would be completely done away with by young people with unuashable joie de vivre and international mobility HIPPIE HIPPIE SHAKE published in 1995 are Neville's memoirs of his life as a member of the Underground from his student days in Australia until his 1971 prosecution with other OZ editors for obscenityAs the late 1960s are the most flamboyant years of his chronicle Neville could have started the book with his arrival in London in 1966 and still made plenty of readers happy I'm happy however that he dedicates the first 64 pages to his subversive activities in Australia when he produced the first incarnation of OZ with other students starting in 1962 For all their snubbing of the system these youngsters in what was then an obscure part of the world led a fair tame life with this early scene lacking the drugs and participation in international political movements that one normally associates with the Underground Sexual promiscuity is the only extreme in the lives of these people mostly just lampooning old people But after two prosecutions for obscenity Neville felt it necessary to join the massive exodus of young Australians to the UK and in 1966 he set off overland He briefly tells of his adventures in Laos Nepal and IndiaThe central portion of the book is Neville's life as editor of London OZ when he dabbled in drugs soporific and hallucinogenic attended cutting edge rock concerts and hung out with dropouts from Ibiza to Morocco from Paris to New York Figures like Germaine Greer whom Neville had already met in Australia and John Lennon make multiple appearances But the supporting cast of the book is mainly played by Neville's friends who had come from Australia such as his sweetheart Louise and the artist and Cream songwriter Martin Sharp If you've read PLAYPOWER you'll see how he learnt of so much of what he reported in that book firsthandFinally the last third of the book is dedicated to his third prosecution for obscenity which threatened a long jail term While Neville was in Ibiza back in London his assistants were putting together a schoolchildren's issue of OZ This was meant to feature the work of schoolchildren not be published for schoolchildren Nonetheless the British criminal justice system under the new Conservative government had become draconian about publishing and drugs and wanted to shut OZ and similar publications down for good While the description of Neville's fight for justice can be a little wearying it is fascinating to read about how corrupt the court system of an ostensibly free nation was The judge and a detective following a personal vendetta against Neville are the best of friends The Aussie clown with no clear political goals is depicted by the Crown as a Communist agentWhen I read PLAYPOWER I was caught up in Neville's vision of a society changed by the flower children and the freaks and I longed to know what he felt about how it all came crashing down While HIPPIE HIPPIE SHAKE doesn't go into his disappointment in depth he does speak of how he felt the Underground suffered from a move towards violence for political ends the Weather Underground and the Angry Brigades and stupid aggressive stunts like Jerry Rubin's crashing of the Frost television programme Neville doesn't discuss any of his life after he narrowly avoids jail and agrees to stop publishing Oz He went on to be a reporter for the Australian national broadcasting company and wrote a bestselling biography of the hippie trail serial killer Charles Sobhraj But there is a moving afterward describing a beach party in Australia in the 1990s where so many features of the old Underground still survive I hope Neville will write about the disruptions and continuities between the 1960s and our time


  2. Nadine Nadine says:

    Loved this book great pace read like a who's who of the late sixties I always have the feeling that New Zealand missed out on this era but maybe that's because I was born in the late 60s and my parents missed the boat too I remember Germaine Greer being on the tv burning her bra and the 2nd wave of feminisim that arrived in NZ around the mid to late 70s or perhaps just my perception that it happened then? but don't remember anything before that Anyway this is a rolicking autobiography funny a little egotistical but Neville is fully aware of that himself Hard to imagine that the people in this book are now grannies and grandads I always thought we'd missed out on something to have been born too late to experience this time in history until I spoke to someone who was there and remembers the OZ trial and said it was very hard for so many people for women for gay people for young people in general We have such choice in our life and largely due to the people in this book everyone should read it and thank them for putting themselves through all that they did so that we had the freedom they were fighting for in our lives


  3. Velvetink Velvetink says:

    When I was growing up Richard Neville was shocking the public Interesting to see this book now


  4. Martin Castle Martin Castle says:

    Great book covering such a manic time late 60’s early 70’s You have to concentrate as the narrative doesn’t flow easily with lots of transient characters coming and going Which in turn keeps it such an interesting read


  5. Sebastian Sebastian says:

    This is the 3rd Neville book I've read Playpower and the Sobrajh book I read long ago This is a mature book than I recall the other two being Neville made a bit of a splash in hippie journalism in London in the 60s and 70s publishing and editing Oz magazine He gives us an unvarnished memoir of his boyhood in Australia in the 60s Sydney University with Germaine Greer Clive James and Jenny Kee and on to Oz Australia and Oz UK Neville shares his mixture of pride and embarrassment at his actions and achievements of the time Politicians revolutionaries writers lawyers policemen and rock stars populate the scene He lets us into the relationship he had with fellow Australian Louise Ferrier who he alternately adored misappreciated and ignored Their relationship fizzled with the hippy dream the yippie revolution and swinging London Neville comes out of it looking like a well intentioned brave but foolish man of modest talent and some drive


  6. Peter Jansens Peter Jansens says:

    This book is in sheer contrast with those of Barry Miles who describes the sixties as a somewhat weird but gentle era as British gentlemen normally use to do Neville writes about police brutality raw sex dangerous drugs mad people Obviously he was some kind of an arsehole himself trying to get all the pussy he could get to stay in line with the sexual revolution Germaine Greer hates him Good book


  7. Lysergius Lysergius says:

    But the delusions of hope if they are delusions among radical intellectuals are often rewarding for society if not for their own lives than the realistic assessment of the evils of human nature by those who are wise in their timesMostly froth apart from the inside view of the OZ obscenity trial which highlighted the inherent hypocrisy of the British establishment once againGood times I miss them And for the record the Schoolkids OZ was pretty tame


  8. Marti Marti says:

    As an American reading this book I was amazed at what goes on in a British courtroom The trials of Oscar Wilde must have been somewhat similar otherwise it would not be remembered over 100 years later Needless to say this makes Alice in Wonderland look like a serious documentary And just when you thought American style police brutality did not exist in Britain


  9. Jonathan Edgington Jonathan Edgington says:

    A wickedly entertaining guide to the sixties read it to reminisce or find out what you missed Really interesting to look back now and see how the Establishment of the day dealt with the perceived threat of the hippie generation Bring back Flower Power say I


  10. Mikael Mikael says:

    why do hippie chicks look such babes when young and so so haggard when old ?


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Hippie Hippie Shake[Download] ➾ Hippie Hippie Shake Author Richard Neville – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The perfect Sixties book the definitive guide Independent on Sunday out in paperback just in time for the major motion picture When Richard Neville arrived in London in 1966 after a six month overland The perfect Sixties book the definitive guide Independent on Sunday out in paperback just in time for the major motion picture When Richard Neville arrived in London in after a six month overland trek from Australia the first thing he did was visit Bibi The famous boutiue throbbed with The Animals cash registers and scantily clad womenthe air was tinged with the perfume of Arabia Hippie Hippie MOBI :Ê and someof its hashI nearly fainted Five years later he was jailed for months for publishing an obscene article Schoolkids Oz In the intervening years as editor of Oz the hippies handbook and monument to psychedelia Neville was the darling of the in crowd the liberal intellectuals writers fashion designers rock musicians artists and business people Through it all he remained amused and objective freuently startling even his closest admirers with his unexpected views on everything from free love to the Vietnam War This classic of s themed literature is currently being made into a major motion picture starring Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy.


About the Author: Richard Neville

In early Neville founded the London Oz with the brilliant artist Martin Sharp as graphic designer Many soon to be significant writers including Robert Hughes Clive James Germaine Greer David Widgery Alexander Cockburn and Lillian Roxon amongst others contributed Felix Dennis later to become one of Britain's wealthiest publishers with Dennis Publishing came on board as advertising m.