Category Archives: Haight-Ashbury

The Digger Papers

“… In a more recent manifestation, the Diggers reappeared in 20th-century San Francisco. Challenging modern industrialization, they referred to it as bureaucratic excess, or garbage. Norman Cohn makes note of the original Diggers in the appendix of his book, The Pursuit … Continue reading

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Peace, Love, and Revolution at the Library

“The spirit of the 60s never truly left. And this season, it’s front and center at the Library—and across the city—with era-inspired programs, special guests, exhibitions, and more. In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival The 60s, the Library is launching … Continue reading

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San Francisco Oracle

“The Oracle of the City of San Francisco, also known as the San Francisco Oracle, was an underground newspaper published in 12 issues from September 20, 1966, to February 1968 in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of that city. Allen Cohen (1940–2004), … Continue reading

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One Radical Archive Offers a Hands-on Approach to Activist Art

“The intensified activism of the 1960s fueled by the Vietnam War and struggles over class inequality, women’s rights, and black liberation drove the rapid growth of the underground press. Between 1965 and 1969, the five indie counterculture newspapers scattered across the … Continue reading

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem – Joan Didion (1968)

“Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a 1968 collection of essays by Joan Didion that mainly describes her experiences in California during the 1960s. It takes its title from the poem ‘The Second Coming‘, by W. B. Yeats. The contents of this book … Continue reading

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Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters

“The Merry Pranksters were cohorts and followers of American author Ken Kesey in 1964. Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters lived communally at Kesey’s homes in California and Oregon, and are noted for the sociological significance of a lengthy road … Continue reading

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The Invention of the Rural Hipster

“In the winter of 1971, Stephen Gaskin of San Francisco, who had risen to fame as a teacher and psychedelic shaman, led three hundred-plus bangled and bellbottomed hippies out of Haight-Ashbury, bound for the American South. Gaskin said he wanted … Continue reading

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