The story focuses on the historically significant phenomenon of the 1960s, Haight-Ashbury. The study includes a critically analyzed historiography, a discussion of the roots of 1960s counterculture, a chronological narrative of the Haight-Ashbury hippie movement with attention to its main events, such as the Trips Festival, the be-in of January, 1967, and the Summer of Love, 1967.
Major topics include hippie ideas and culture, social repression of the hippies, internal criticism within the movement; and its decline, fall, disappearance, and historical legacy. The study argues that the historiography has lacked a comprehensive and balanced treatment, that the roots of 1960s counterculture lay in a 1950s suppression of freedom and creativity as well as departure from community, and that hippie high ideals and spirituality have not been given their due in previous work.
These thoughts treat the subject more thoroughly than in the past, employing a diversity of voices, and makes use of tools such as semantics, and cultural anthropology. It offers a new interpretation of the hippies and an extended, complex, discussion of their historical legacy.