BOLD NEW EDUCATION

In 1967 I was miserable at Berkeley High School. I was a tiny cog in a wheel containing over 3,000 students. The wheel was crushing me. Racial tensions were palpable and uncomfortable. Cliques were exclusive little clubs and I felt like I didn’t belong in any of them....

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ALTERNATIVE NEWSPAPERS AND UNDERGROUND RADIO

The Bay Area had several notable newspapers that thrived during the Sixties, offering an alternative to the standard-issue local rags. They reflected the opinions and perspectives of the counterculture. The Berkeley Barb was founded in 1965 by Max Scherr, the owner of...

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PEOPLE’S PARK

People’s Park was a precarious battle waiting to happen. The air was already charged with visceral tension. On the government’s side, there was a desire to pull the plug on the Vietnam War protestors and politically radical groups. On the activist public’s side, there...

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MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL

On June 9, 1967 I turned sixteen. My parents marked this birthday with some major fireworks: tickets to the entire Monterey International Pop Festival. It was taking place the following weekend. I would be at one with a giant group (I’ve since seen figures ranging...

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MAKE LOVE NOT WAR

By 1968, sexual mores, and the amount of information about sex had changed considerably. Pioneers of sex education and research began loosening myths and prejudices. Human Sexual Response by Masters and Johnson had been published in 1966, shedding a scientific light...

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TRANSCENDING THE SENSES TO ETERNAL LIBERATION

I do believe that Hell exists for people who have religions, because they are afraid of going to Hell. But people who are in spirituality have already been there. We are living in both right here. We are living in heaven and living in Hell. Which one do you choose?...

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HOT DAMN, VIETNAM

Rock ‘n’ roll was where the power was. It could be seen by anyone, and if you wanted to raise money for anything from the Vietnam Day bail to the Democratic Party, you ran a rock dance. —Ralph J. Gleason For every concert and happening at which I cavorted there was an...

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HALLUCINATIONS OF ENLIGHTENMENT

A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension. —Oliver Wendell Holmes Starting at age fourteen I began to hear rumblings about an exotic substance called LSD. Everything about it sounded bizarre, tempting and scary. It could give you a...

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