Off the Road and Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Mickey Harper examines the development of the American counterculture from Kerouac to Thompson.
In the years following World War II, the Beat Generation began a literary revolution that changed American culture profoundly. Literature, music, fashion, art… none of it would ever be the same again. The fifties and sixties were a vibrant time of social upheaval, when art flourished against a turbulent backdrop. This optimism gave way to the cynicism of the seventies, and another cultural transition most famously portrayed by writer Hunter S. Thompson.
In this fun-yet-scholarly chapbook, Mickey Harper explores the history of the American counterculture from Kerouac to Thompson and all the landmarks in between.