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Storytelling from the man who lived the adventure. The oddball odyssey begins. From Greenwich Village beatniks to California hippies, true adventures of a 60s reporter who followed the times over the edge in pursuit of enlightenment, love and adventure. The 60s come alive in this entertaining non-fiction novel, a light-hearted, multi-level history/memoir. 

"Imagine all the people living life in peace." That was us. We had it going. 

Imagine living a simple farm life as a "voluntary peasant" in America's ultimate hippie commune, The Farm in Tennessee. Voluntary Peasants transmits true '60s energy, vibes, mindscape and philosophy. 

Beyond sex, drugs and rock 'n roll—beyond hippies. True tales of a remarkable experiment in collective living as thousands of high-minded people join forces, pool resources and attempt to create a sustainable lifestyle the world can afford. 

Leave the ordinary. Let your head soar free and take a trip—a '60s trip out of the box. Stiriss takes the reader on an extraordinary journey—opening doors to reveal inner realms of those heady, revolutionary times—times rich in lessons that can possibly help us now save the world. 

Stiriss—"I co-founded and lived thirteen years in America's biggest commune not undercover but as a full-fledged member of the hippie collective, living the dream, "saving the world." The idea of writing about the experience came after when I realized the importance of reporting behind-the-scenes, everyday observations of one of the most amazing social experiments to come out of that far-out era." 

Enter what may seem another world—The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee—an audacious attempt to create a better way of life—an Earth-friendly, people-friendly, pacifist, eclectic, agrarian, vegan, spiritual community and pioneering cannabis church—a commune awarded the Swedish Right Livelihood Award—"For caring, sharing and acting with and on behalf of those in need at home and abroad." 

©2013 Melvyn Stiriss (P)2013 Melvyn Stiriss

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