A vivid and captivating portrayal of embracing the hippie lifestyle.
By Jeannie Rogers-Whitworth ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 9, 2019
In her memoir, former teenage runaway Rogers-Whitworth recounts her life story, beginning with her move to Georgia from Florida in 1968. She was 15 at the time and had already experienced the civilian life, including smoking cannabis while her father was away in Vietnam. After being caught skipping school in her new hometown, she felt the need to escape and hopped a bus to Atlanta, where she connected to the hippie counterculture. Her travels and hangouts eventually led her to the Woodstock music festival in 1969, where she worked the concession stand and was photographed by a Life photographer. The memoir also covers her return to the South, her two marriages and three children, her struggles with autoimmune disease, and her attendance at Woodstock’s 50th anniversary in 2019. Throughout the narrative, Rogers-Whitworth captures the feeling of free-wheeling existence, and provides readers with glimpses of the darker aspects of her story, such as a detailed sequence about a “nightmare date” in 1969 Atlanta with a “nutty boy” who she believed was a killer. This memoir is a captivating look into the life of a former teenage runaway, and her journey to find her place in the world.
Pub Date: Oct. 9, 2019
Page Count: 213
Review Posted Online: June 23, 2023