rather rare records.

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ron cobb and the designing of the ecology symbol

THE ECOLOGY SYMBOL has been with us so long that it looks and feels rather an­cient. That it re­sem­bles the Greek letter theta, which has been around for thou­sands of years, cer­tainly helps with its look of an­tiq­uity. In fact, it is less than fifty years old, an­other piece of today that orig­i­nated with the hippie-counterculture move­ment of The Sixties. [Read more] “ron cobb and the designing of the ecology symbol”

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the influence of the beatles vs the influence of john lennon *

IN AN AT­TEMPT to reach more po­ten­tial readers for my blogs, I have taken to an­swering ques­tions posed on Quora. While the ques­tions posed run the gamut of the ra­tio­nality spec­trum, most of the an­swers pro­vided by readers are in­tel­li­gent and ar­tic­u­late. It’s a good site that claims to have more than 190,000,000 monthly unique visitors! [Read more] “the influence of the beatles vs the influence of john lennon *”

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

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. [Read more] “on bernie boston’s iconic “flower power” photograph of 1967”

introduction to the endless sixties

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. [Read more] “introduction to the endless sixties”

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on writing a fan letter to harlan ellison

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. [Read more] “on writing a fan letter to harlan ellison”

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we’ve got to text ourselves back to the garden

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. [Read more] “we’ve got to text ourselves back to the garden”

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babylon falling only strengthens our will to resist

ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, I was searching for some im­ages on the in­ternet for an ar­ticle, the title of which is long for­gotten. I stum­bled over a site that con­tained thou­sands of im­ages, all scanned from un­der­ground news­pa­pers and sim­ilar al­ter­na­tive and coun­ter­cul­ture pub­li­ca­tions. Black and white to full color, most of them re­pro­duced in what looked like full size! [Read more] “babylon falling only strengthens our will to resist”

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what’s so funny about peace love and understanding? *

I EN­TERED COL­LEGE in Sep­tember 1969. Nixon had been in of­fice less than a year and the war in Vietnam was on­going. The draft was also on­going but I had a stu­dent de­fer­ment. I was, of course, op­posed to the war and made my opinion known when­ever op­por­tu­nity allowed—such as in choice of attire. [Read more] “what’s so funny about peace love and understanding? *”

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a zen fable by underground comix genius fred schrier

ARTIST FRED SCHRIER ranks among the most fan­tastic and psy­che­delic artists of the Un­der­ground Comix Era of the late 1960s and early ’70s. He also ranks among the most under-appreciated. His solo work and his col­lab­o­ra­tions with Dave Sheridan cap­ture the sur­real and often whim­sical as­pects of the hippie lifestyle and the psy­che­delic ex­pe­ri­ence rarely noted by other artists—and never by the anti-psychedelic crowd. [Read more] “a zen fable by underground comix genius fred schrier”

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