A new history of counterculture in the UK starting from the release of ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ in 1956 to the passing of the Criminal Justice Act in 1994.
‘A Hero For High Times’ is the story of how he ended up in this broken-down bus, in this forgotten part of the world. It tells of how, along the way, Procul Harum were named after his cat, how he sold Owsley acid to R.D. Laing, of how he annoyed Saddam Hussein and the IRA, and how he was freed from jail in Mexico by a popular uprising of the peasantry who had come to know him as ‘El Maestro’.
It’s the story of the hippies for those who weren’t there – for Younger Readers who’ve never heard of the Aldermaston marches, Oz, Illuminatus, the Angry Brigade, the Furry Freak Brothers, the Divine Light Mission, the Little Red Schoolbook, the Pink Fairies, Throbbing Gristle, Sniffing Glue, Operation Julie, Crass, John Seymour, John Michell, Greenham Common, the Battle of the Beanfield or Swampy, but who want to understand their grandparents’ stories of turning on, tuning in and not quite dropping out before they are gone for ever. It’s for Younger Readers who want to know how to build a bender, make poppy tea, and throw the I-Ching.