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Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture

Rachel Lee Rubin


Beginning with the chaotic communal moment of the Renaissance faire's founding and early development in the 1960s through its incorporation as a major “family friendly” leisure site in the 2000s, this book tells the story of the thinkers, artists, clowns, mimes, and others performers who make the faire. It approaches the faire from the perspective of labor, education, aesthetics, business, the opposition it faced, and the key figures involved. The book reveals the way the faires established themselves as a pioneering and highly visible countercultural referendum on how we live now—our family a ... More

Keywords: underground press, Renaissance faire, Phyllis Patterson, American culture, craft revival, immersive theater, popular music, ethnic musical instruments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814771389
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814771389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Lee Rubin, author