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Heresies of “Dune”

“Some historical periods fade, others end abruptly. For the United States, the Technicolor-tinted era that began when the troops returned from World War II terminated in an instant: 12:30 pm on November 22, 1963. The gunshot that took John F. … Continue reading

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Janis Joplin – I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again, Mama (1969)

“… One critic raved about her ‘urgent, blazing white blues’ voice. Another said she sounded like ‘she was calling out from the second-story window of a bordello, inviting you up’. In her first blush of superstardom, the 25-year-old singer of … 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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Lenny Bruce

“Leonard Alfred Schneider (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and satirist. He was renowned for his open, freestyle and critical form of comedy which … Continue reading

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Chet Baker – Italian Movies (1958-1964)

“Before delving into the music on this collection, it’s important to offer a note of caution to Chet Baker fans: Italian Movies is not a really a compilation of the trumpeter’s work, so much as a series of film scores … Continue reading

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Tracking the Beat Generation Across Three Continents

Jack Kerouac, “On the Road” (1951) “PARIS — Though almost entirely lacking a female presence — artist Jay DeFeo and poet Diane Di Prima being the exceptions that prove the rule —  the Centre Pompidou’s airily laid out retrospective of … Continue reading

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Edith Sedgwick (1943 – 1971)

“Edith Minturn Sedgwick Post (April 20, 1943 – November 16, 1971) was an American actress and fashion model. She is best known for being one of Andy Warhol’s superstars. Sedgwick became known as ‘The Girl of the Year’ in 1965 … Continue reading

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Allen Ginsberg at the End of America

“In 1965, Bob Dylan gifted Allen Ginsberg with a Uher reel-to-reel tape recorder, which Ginsberg was to use to record his thoughts and observations as he traveled throughout the United States. Ginsberg, already heavily influenced by Jack Kerouac’s methods of … Continue reading

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The Hippies Who Hated the Summer of Love

Young hippies straddle the sidewalk as an elderly woman, a long-time resident of the Haight-Ashbury district, walks by in San Francisco, Calif., on April 25, 1967. “The posters began to appear around the city just after New Year’s, 1967. ‘A … Continue reading

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Legend of a Mind – Timothy Leary & LSD

Timothy Leary during a press conference in New York City, September 19, 1966 – “turn on, tune in, drop out.” “‘Legend of a Mind’ is the name of a 1968 song by British rock band The Moody Blues. It’s about … Continue reading

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