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eden ahbez, 1948, LIFE magazine, in New York City.
ahbez (1908-1995, and who spelled his name in lower-case) was a back-to-nature primitivist, vegetarian, poet, and songwriter who lived mostly in Southern California, between Topanga Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon (near Palm Springs, CA). He’s considered to be a leading figure in the counterculture movement which led up to the hippies.
Photo with 33 notesTompkins Square Park arrests, Memorial Day 1967. Loren Bliss (photographer) writes:
Alas the incident has been disappeared down the Orwell hole: as I discovered when I returned to the City during the ’80s, the EVO extra has been carefully snipped from the New York City Public Library’s microfiche file – which means the censorship was official, imposed by a librarian acting on Ruling Class orders … this work survived only because I had the prints with me in my portfolio case.
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Tompkins Square Park, Memorial Day 1967 (source)
A group of young men and women – some of them professional musicians with a performance permit issued by the City of New York – were first illegally rousted, then attacked by NYPD riot cops for the “crime” of making music in Tompkins Square Park, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
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Opening of The Electric Circus (source)
Inside, people danced, sweated, pushed and blinked. The few Linear Conceptualizers quit immediately. There was the Poet of Pop, Tom Wolfe, and the Fugs’s Tuli Kupferberg, and novelist Mary McCarthy, and Kennedy-in-law Steve Smith, and folk-singer David Blue, and halfback George Plimpton. It looked like the cover of the next Beatles’ album. The New Frontier met the Underground, while the Beautiful People kept score.
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Light show at the Electric Circus (source)
*note:* Sorry about the small size; many photos of that era were small and low-res.
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