Tag Archives: Haight-Ashbury

Peace, Love, and Revolution at the Library

Walter Bredel, Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, Bethel, NY, 1969. “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 … 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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The “Hashbury” Is the Capital of the Hippies – Hunter S. Thompson (1967)

A hippie lounges in front of the Drogstore Cafe, a local hangout notorious for the proliferation of hardcore narcotics, in the Haight-Ashbury district. “In 1965 Berkeley was the axis of what was just beginning to be called the ‘New Left.’ … Continue reading

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