ROUGH DRAFT

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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MUSIC AND ADORNMENT

MUSIC AND ADORNMENT

Everyone knows that today’s fashions are made by people…not by magazines or by fashion showings…but by people who aren’t afraid to wear their insides on their outsides….there isn’t any dividing line between fan and star. Today’s people simply look like rock stars and...

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GET HIGH – PART 6 OF 6

Taste One warm San Francisco night in 1970, Jeffrey, a friend’s boyfriend, took me along to a Velvet Underground gig at a San Francisco nightclub. Jeffrey was an astrologer who had been kicked out of a Boston commune centered around Mel Lyman of the Jim Kweskin Jug...

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GET HIGH – PART 5 OF 6

Touch Allen Cohen, editor of The City of San Francisco Oracle wrote, “Although there were many spiritual paths being explored and invented in the Haight, the preponderant view favored an intense sensuousness. Experiences with both LSD and marijuana seemed to unveil a...

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GET HIGH – PART 4 OF 6

Smell Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. —Patrick Süskind, Perfume Helen...

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GET HIGH – PART 3 OF 6

Sight LIGHT In Essence Is Perfection . . . —Don Lewis, The City of San Francisco Oracle (a poem next to a map with directions to the Human Be-In)  Everything we see is a transmission of light. The eyes are messengers that receive light and send it to the brain in the...

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GET HIGH – PART 2 OF 6

Feed Your Head: The Five Senses Hearing We rock around the clock starting in utero. Diane Ackerman writes in A Natural History of the Senses, “One of the first sounds we hear, while in the womb, is our mother’s heartbeat. We are rocking to a continuous, rhythmic beat...

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GET HIGH, PART 1 OF 6

If you are turned on to the senses, you tune in to the play of energies—light, sound, air, pressure that continually bathe your sense endings. The world is alive and pulsating. —“Affirming Humanness,” The City of San Francisco Oracle Nov. 9–20, 1966 The words “high”...

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Hit the Road, Jack – Part 3 of 3

On the Road to Nirvana “Charlie Parker looked like Buddha. . . . and his expression on his face was as calm, beautiful and profound as the image of the Buddha represented in the East. The lidded eyes, the expression that says ‘all is well.’ . . .Charlie Parker had the...

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Hit the Road, Jack – Part 2 of 3

The Road Trip Sitting on my desk is a beat-up, browned copy of the first paperback edition of On the Road, published in 1958 by Signet, “Complete and Unabridged,” culled from my parents’ bookshelf. The cover blurb gushes, “This is the bible of the ‘beat...

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