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Wanna-Beats: In 1959, Café Bizarre Gave Straights an Entree Into Beatnik Culture

A poet gives a reading on stage at The Bizarre coffehouse on West 3rd St., Greenwich Village, New York City, 1961. “America hit peak hippie in 1967, thanks to the avalanche of media hype that accompanied the Summer of Love. … Continue reading

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Pushing Buttons: In Our Divided America, Political Pinbacks Give Anyone a Voice

Top: A group of Americana pinbacks from Aisthorpe’s collection. Above: Several of Aisthorpe’s antiwar buttons, circa 1967-1971. “In this modern age of political polarization, we Americans increasingly surround ourselves with friends, neighbors, and news sources that reinforce our worldviews rather … Continue reading

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Angry Arts Week

Rudolf Baranik, Artists’ Poster Committee of Art Workers Coalition “… The most significant antiwar effort from the arts community during 1967 was Angry Arts Week, which took place in New York City between January 26 and February 5. Angry Arts … Continue reading

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The Incredible String Band

“The Incredible String Band (sometimes abbreviated as ISB) were a British psychedelic folk band formed by Clive Palmer, Robin Williamson and Mike Heron in Edinburgh in 1966. The band built a considerable following, especially in the British counterculture, notably with … Continue reading

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Conceptual art

“Conceptual art, also referred to as conceptualism, is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic, technical, and material concerns. Some works of conceptual art, sometimes called installations, may be constructed by … Continue reading

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Experimental theatre

Marat/Sade in Keith Fowler‘s inaugural production for the Virginia Museum Theater, October 1969 – design by Sandro La Ferla “Experimental theatre (also known as avant-garde theatre) began in Western theatre in the late 19th century with Alfred Jarry and his … Continue reading

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Isaac Asimov

“Isaac Asimov (/ˈæzɪmɒv/; c.  January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer who wrote … Continue reading

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Artifacts of the Analog Era – Rex Weiner

“As I pack the FedEx box addressed to the Interference Archive in Brooklyn, New York—a nonprofit study center for ‘objects created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, zines, t-shirts and buttons, audio recordings…’—I am … Continue reading

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The Situationist Times, 1962–67

“Jacqueline de Jong was born in 1939, in the Dutch town of Hengelo, to liberal, contemporary art-collecting Jewish industrialists. In 1942, she and her mother fled to her mother’s native Switzerland, where they stayed out the war in Zurich; one … Continue reading

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What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been (February 26, 1976)

“The San Francisco scene started at the Red Dog Saloon, as much as you can say it started at any one place. Most of the elements were there: rock & roll, a sort of light show, the first psychedelic dance … Continue reading

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