Off the Road and Over the Cuckoo’s Nest:

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Mickey Harper is a Modern Literature graduate from the University of York in the north of England. Through his Dad’s record collection, Mickey found an appreciation for the music of the sixties early in life, but it was in York researching for his Master’s thesis that he was able to explore his passion for the Beats and the sixties counterculture they kick-started in greater depth. This book is an extension of his MA studies and is Mickey’s first non-fiction publication.


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