The Modern Utopian: Alternative Communities of The '60s and '70s

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-16
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Back to the Land. Urban communes. Sustainable cooperatives. Thirty years ago, alternative communities swept the nation. Today, with sustainability, peak oil and retirement concerns, people of all ages are reviving and expanding notions of cooperative living as new communities form and thrive. The Modern Utopianis the definitive exploration of the alternative communities that fascinated a nation and redefined progressive culture in the 60s and 70s, documented by those who knew it and lived it. This photo-illustrated compilation of articles visits the fabled Drop City, Morningstar Ranch, Timothy Leary at Millbrook, Detroit's Translove Energies, the still-thriving Twin Oaks and Stephen Gaskin's Farm, and dozens of other across the nation. An afterword by author Timothy Miller ( Religious Movements in the United States) reveals how several hundred intentional communities now span the USA and more form every year. Global warming . . . recession . . . peak oil . . . data smog . . . by necessity and by choice, thousands of people are once again being drawn toward collective living, this time empowered by the successes and failures of the past. Contributions include writings by Alan Watts, Nick Tosches, and The Underground Press Syndicate.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 13
The Communal Alternativep. 19
Back To The Land
Are Country Communes Escapist?p. 30
Cold Mountain Farmp. 32
Stephen Gaskin's Farm By Farm Members From A Fullpage Advertisment In The Local Tennessee Newspaperp. 43
Virginia Communesp. 47
The Weavers of Mainep. 50
School of Livingp. 59
Tolstory Farmp. 62
Open Land Communes
Gorda Mountainp. 68
Morning Star Ranchp. 69
Psychedelic And Art Communes
Sheep Ridge Ranchp. 82
Olonmpali Ranchp. 90
The Hippie Tribep. 94
Hippies and Hassles in Taosp. 96
The Hog Farmp. 99
The Lower Farmp. 102
Drop Cityp. 112
Librep. 115
The Millbrook Tripp. 120
Life In The City
Philadelphia's Communesp. 126
Yellow Submarinep. 130
Politics And Revolution
COPS Communep. 136
COPS As Reported By a Member of The Berkeley Tribep. 139
Black Communalism With Bobby Sealep. 144
Trans-Love Energiesp. 146
SDS Communal Attemptsp. 150
Gay Collectivesp. 153
Iowa City All-Women's Collective By Everywomanp. 156
Two Hip Communes: A Personal Experience Vivian Estellachildp. 158
Kids in Communes Pedestalp. 163
Scientific Ideology And Walben Two-Influenced Communities
Walden Housep. 168
Walden Twop. 171
Twin Oaks Takes Rootp. 178
Christian, Mystical and Yoga Communes
Religious Communes Spreadingp. 194
Jesus vs. the Jesus Freaksp. 196
Koinonia Means Communityp. 198
The Oregon Familyp. 202
The LAMA Foundationp. 209
The Ananda Cooperative Communityp. 215
Sri Ram Ashrama: An American Yoga Communityp. 219
Gurus-East And West
The Processp. 226
The Krishna People: Serving God 24 Hours a Dayp. 232
The One World Family: The Messiah's World Crusadep. 237
Five Weeks in a New Mexico Yoga Commune Jan Of Neverland Communityp. 248
Mel Lyman, American Avatarp. 250
The Mud People Nola Expressp. 264
In Warwick with Brotherhood of the Spiritp. 267
The Brotherhood: Media Exposurep. 272
Group Marriage Communities
Magic Farm and Talsenp. 278
Harrad Westp. 286
The CRO Research Organizationp. 294
The Familyp. 300
Service Communities
Camphill Villagep. 312
The Catholic Worker Farp. 313
Synanonp. 318
Gould Farmp. 319
Peace Action Farm/Ammon Hennacyp. 319
What Happened to the Communes?p. 320
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