Summertown, Tennessee: The Book Publishing Co, 1974. Second printing. 8 ½ x 11 in. Staplebound in wraps. Unpaginated. Very good. Edge wear to wraps and inconspicuous tape reinforcement at spine; otherwise a tight, clean copy. Comes with fold-out mailer poster “The Farm Report” from Charles and Jane at the Farm to a supporter in Queens, stamped and addressed. Item #5521
The essential report on commune living, along with the rarely seen informational poster.
Legendary hippie, writer, and spiritual teacher Stephen Gaskin’s publication covering the activities and lifestyle on the Tennessee commune The Farm that he co-founded in 1970.
Gaskin was a countercultural icon, gaining popularity for his activities in the San Francisco hippie scene throughout the 1960’s, known as “the Acid Guru” by locals and attendees of his Monday Night Class discussion group. In 1970, Gaskin and a caravan of 60 vehicles crossed the United States from San Francisco to Tennessee to form the intentional community known as The Farm. “Hey Beatnik!”chronicles in great detail with an abundance of photographs, illustrations, stories, projects, and more the activities of the commune in its first four years of existence. This example includes a rare supplementary poster, documenting life on the commune with photographs, text, and a financial report.
The Farm still exists today, and has become one of the most well-known communes of the hippie movement, starting numerous non-profits as well as inciting the modern rebirth of midwifery in America.
Uncommon early commune book with a rare poster documenting life there.