Cows Are Freaky When They Look at You by David Ohle
An Oral History of the Kaw Valley Hemp Pickers

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The west coast had its Haight Ashbury. New York had its Greenwich Village. But just as vital and astounding was the loosely unified band of hippies, outlaws and freaks that lived in and around Lawrence, Kansas in the '60s. A collocation of farm kids, University hangers-on, bikers, and middle class dropouts, the Kaw Valley Hemp Pickers blazed their own unique trail across the crazed landscape of the counter-culture, harvesting Kansas "hemp" for sale to unsuspecting outsiders, raising hell and kids, making love, and occasionally dying. These stories are the result of numerous tape sessions with the survivors, freely associated tales of the fantastic and bizarre, episodes of love and joy, death, desertion and loss, but always recollections that sing with exuberance. The Kaw Valley Hemp Pickers were the Midwestern partisans of the counterculture struggle against mediocrity, conformity and war. This book is truth and fiction, fiction and truth. It is, in a real sense, a document from the times. Foreword by William S. Burroughs.

About David Ohle

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David Ohle's first novel, MOTORMAN (Calamari Press), was first published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1972 under the now-legendary editorial aegis of Gordon Lish. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, Esquire, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. A native of New Orleans, Ohle now lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and teaches at the University of Kansas. His last name rhymes with "holy. Martin is Assistanr Professor in the Institute of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.
Published April 1, 1991 by Watermark Pr. 157 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction