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The Psychedelic Poster Craze of the 1960s

“For centuries, the poster has been a useful tool for advertising coming attractions, warning of dangers both physical and spiritual, and publicly calling for political change. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that the idea of using posters for decoration … Continue reading

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Forever Changes – Love (1967)

“Forever Changes is the third studio album by the American rock band Love, released by Elektra Records in November 1967. It was the final album recorded by the original band lineup; after its completion, Bryan Maclean left the group acrimoniously … Continue reading

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Coffee, Confusion and Jim Morrison: The Forgotten History of Hip Coffee Houses and Beatnik Poets in the Nation’s Capital

Cafe Rienzi, opened by painter David Grossblatt, was one of the first coffee shops in New York. Located on MacDougal Street, 1957. “The Beat Generation emerged in the 1950s as a bohemian-fueled movement of visionary literary heroes, passionate poets and … Continue reading

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The Great Art Behind Hunter S. Thompson’s Run for Sheriff

Hunter S. Thompson giving his concession speech at Hotel Jerome. “If you’re going to curate an exhibition of vintage artwork related to the unorthodox and self-described gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, prepare for the process itself to become a bit, … Continue reading

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The strange history of the East Village’s most famous street

The corner of Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place in 1968. “St. Marks Place—the three blocks of East Eighth Street that run from Astor Place to Tompkins Square Park—has become a symbol of the East Village. Head shops serve as … Continue reading

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Access to Success – Whole Earth Catalog

“Bookstore managers didn’t know quite what to make of the oversized 64-page volume that showed up in their stores in the fall of 1968. It was called the ‘Whole Earth Catalog‘ and subtitled ‘Access to Tools.’ For $5, buyers got … Continue reading

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John Sinclair: ‘We wanted to kick ass – and raise consciousness’

“I meet John Sinclair in a canalside coffeeshop in Amsterdam, where the vibes are mellow, the air perfumed, and the soundtrack a stream of vintage rock songs of the more laidback kind. Compared to slightly self-conscious young pot tourists skinning … Continue reading

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1968: Art and Politics in Chicago

“In the weeks leading up to the convention, the city prepared for battle, even surrounding the site of the convention, the International Amphitheater, with barbed wire. It appeared Daley intended to make good on his promise: ‘[a]s long as I … Continue reading

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Remarks on Timothy Leary’s Politics of Ecstasy by Allen Ginsberg (December 12, 1968)

“By the late ’40s of this memory Century the people I knew best and loved the most had already broken through the crust of old Reason & were dowsing for some Supreme Reality, Christmas on Earth Rimbaud said, Second Religiousness … Continue reading

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Diane di Prima

“Diane di Prima (August 6, 1934 – October 25, 2020) was an American poet, known for her association with the Beat movement. She was also an artist, prose writer, and teacher. Di Prima authored nearly four dozen books. … She edited … Continue reading

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