I Just Want to Be a Cosmic Cowboy: Hippies, Cowboy Code, and the Culture of a Counterculture
Cowboys and "Hippies" are not as different as one might think. This article explores the connections between cowboys and hippies portrayed by 1960s and 1970s countercultural musicians, moviemakers, and novelists who stressed themes of the Myth of the West and the Cowboy Code. These portrayals of "Cosmic Cowboys" show that many scholars' generalizations about the "radical" and "leftist" nature of the 1960s "counterculture" break down under close inspection.
Western Historical Quarterly
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Allen, Michael, "I Just Want to Be a Cosmic Cowboy: Hippies, Cowboy Code, and the Culture of a Counterculture" (2005). SIAS Faculty Publications. 62.