CODE LANGUAGE

CODE LANGUAGE Usually we were able to shut out parents and other Establishment types with our own secret language. As with bohemians and beatniks past, there was a code, a secret lingual handshake between those living in the alternative universe. Epithets hip, cool...

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MUSIC AND GENDER

  Music reflected and taught about attitudes towards gender roles and romantic relationships. Animals were more than a band; in songs as in life girls were “chicks” and particularly sexy ones might be “foxes,” as in the Doors’ “Twentieth Century Fox.” Boys routinely...

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FREE

A lot of the rampant free expression really was free, as in no cost to you. A guiding principle of hippie life, at least at the start, was that you shared what you had. In the beginning, the Bay Area bands professed and lived those downright upright values. They were...

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MUSICAL ROOTS OF SAN FRANCISCO ROCK BANDS

  By 1966, rock bands began playing in large public arenas, starting with Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco and then moving on to the Fillmore and Avalon Ballrooms and Winterland. Many believed that San Francisco Bay Area rock bands played “acid rock” as something...

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THE BRITISH INVASION OF SAN FRANCISCO

When the British invaded the USA for the second time with the Beatles leading the charge, they occupied my home in the form of a girl who embodied all the most desirable and fashionable things from across the ocean blue. The daughter of a war buddy of my father’s,...

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

LIBERATING EDUCATION Improvement makes strait roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius. —William Blake March 25, 1962 Berkeley students were let out of school to attend the annual U.C. Berkeley Charter Day at the football stadium. President...

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WILL YOU STILL NEED ME IN 1964

I don’t think you can survive as a human being without some music in your life. I don’t think it’s a hobby or a frill. It’s a necessity. It doesn’t have to be presented by experts and geniuses. —Barbara Dane, to the author The year after I pledged my undying devotion...

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A BERKELEY MUSICAL CHILDHOOD

A BERKELEY MUSICAL CHILDHOOD We all know that civilization ends at the Berkeley city limits. —Berkeley Barb, 1962 Whiskey, ci-gareets, and wild, wild women! That was my father, singing at the top of his lungs as he knotted his tie and got ready to go to work. With a...

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ROUGH DRAFT

ROUGH DRAFT “Greetings from Uncle Sam.” So began a letter that struck terror in the hearts of every boy in the U.S.. Each one received it upon reaching their eighteenth birthday. It was a notice to report to your local draft board within ten days. For most, it meant...

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