San Francisco and Ripple Wine, 1968

When 18-year-old Randy Rhody hosted a party for Allen Ginsberg, the famous beatnik said to him, “You shake hands with a cloud.” It was 1966 in Lincoln, Nebraska, where Rhody was an aspiring poet. Three years later Doubleday published the youth’s poem in a protest anthology alongside Ginsberg and a panoply of distinguished writers.

"How does it feel?
To be on your own
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?"
- Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone

like a complete unknown

(A work in progress)

Those years are relived in Rhody’s journey through the legendary anti-Establishment Sixties, from his beginnings in the mimeo revolution and months as a homeless drifter, to working in the Lower East Side at Underground Uplift Unlimited and in San Francisco as a hippie mailman.

Meet a host of counterculture figures Rhody knew or met before they became notorious. His insider look at the outsiders’ world preserves a glimpse of Americana not previously captured by journalists, celebrities, or historians.