A BERKELEY MUSICAL CHILDHOOD

We all know that civilization ends at the Berkeley city limits. —Berkeley Barb, 1962 Ci-gareets, whiskey 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 final salute to the wages of...
BOLD NEW EDUCATION

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....
ALTERNATIVE NEWSPAPERS AND UNDERGROUND RADIO

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...
PEOPLE’S PARK

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...
MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL

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...