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Genet, Mailer, & the New Paternalism (1961)

“It is easily imagined of Jean Genet that he is one those artists who so adore reality that they are obsessed with the ever-present possibility that it too will betray them. Sitting through the too long evening of ‘The Blacks’ … Continue reading

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New York Poets Theatre

“The East End Theatre was an Off-Off-Broadway theater venue located at 85 East 4th Street. Existing in the 1960s, the theater was the creation and home from January 1, 1965 to December 31, 1965 of the New York Poets Theatre, an … Continue reading

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Who Saw the Summer of Love?

Jay and Ron Thelin outside The Psychedelic Shop, c. 1966. “San Francisco has always been a boomtown, and California has always called to people from far-flung parts of the country. The massive migration to California during the Summer of Love … Continue reading

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Peter Coyote: Voice of the Vietnam Generation

“Halfway through episode five of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part The Vietnam War documentary, the smooth, sonorous-voiced narrator Peter Coyote describes how 50,000 antiwar activists marched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Pentagon 50 years ago on October 21st, … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village

The corner of St. Marks Place and Second Avenue in the East Village in March 1969. “… Greenwich Village again became important to the Bohemian scene during the 1950s, when the Beat Generation focused their energies there. Fleeing from what … Continue reading

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San Francisco Mime Troupe

Mime Troupe flyer for Tartuffe, mid-1960s “The San Francisco Mime Troupe is San Francisco’s critically acclaimed and oldest professional political musical theater. It began in 1959 when Ronald G. Davis formed the R.G. Davis Mime Troupe while affiliated with the … 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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Haight-Ashbury Switchboard

“During the ‘hippie‘ period 1967–1968 in San Francisco, an individual named Al Rinker started an organization located at 1830 Fell St in the city’s Haight Ashbury district called the Switchboard. Its purpose was to act as a social switchboard for … Continue reading

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The Village Voice Reader: A Mixed Bag from the Greenwich Village Newspaper (1963)

“… ‘The Village Voice was originally conceived as a living, breathing attempt to demolish the notion that one needs to be a professional to accomplish something in a field as purportedly technical as journalism. It was a philosophical position. We … Continue reading

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The Fillmore

“The Fillmore is a historic music venue in San Francisco, California. Built in 1912 and originally named the Majestic Hall, it became the Fillmore Auditorium in 1954. It is in Western Addition, on the edge of the Fillmore District and … Continue reading

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