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is the novel “catch-22” representative of “the sixties”?

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SELECTING TEN NOVELS that sum up the era we refer to as “the Six­ties” would be a task worthy of a minor Greek demi-deity. And by the Six­ties, I am re­fer­ring to the whole peace-love-do-your-own-thing coun­ter­cul­ture: pot and acid and con­scious­ness ex­pan­sion and free love—lots and lots of free love—and rock & roll and Zap Comix and you know the rest. [Continue reading]

on bernie boston’s iconic “flower power” photograph of 1967

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LOOK AT THIS PHOTO! Is there an image any­where that says “The Six­ties” better than a longishly-haired young man peace­fully placing a flower in the barrel of a bay­o­neted rifle pointing in his di­rec­tion? This photo was taken in 1967 when few males out­side of the Haight-Ashbury sec­tion of San Fran­cisco had grown their hair very long. [Continue reading]

a blog about the sixties (because they didn’t just end with the ’60s)

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THIS IS A CONCEPT SITE—and anyone who was into rock in the ’60s or is a record col­lector now knows some­thing about ‘con­cept albums’—whose pur­pose is to present ar­ti­cles, es­says, and pic­to­rials about “the Six­ties,” ac­cen­tu­ating the pos­i­tive about the people, music, books, movies, art, and events that oc­curred then and which live on in fact or spirit decades later. [Continue reading]

on writing a fan letter to harlan ellison

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WE SPENT A WEEK IN JUNE at Ocean Shores on the west coast of Wash­ington. It was our first time there, and the first time I had been near an ocean in al­most thirty years! While I in­tended to spend a lot of time in the water—whose tem­per­a­ture was in the mid-50s—and be in­volved in sundry so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, I also planned on doing some reading. [Continue reading]

we’ve got to text ourselves back to the garden

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WOODSTOCK MUSIC & ART FAIR. Just the name of an event that took place al­most fifty years ago still con­jures im­ages in most peo­ple’s minds—regardless of age and often po­lit­ical and philo­soph­ical disposition—of youth in­no­cence joy, of music color summer, of end­less hori­zons and pos­si­bil­i­ties, of three days of peace and music. [Continue reading]