Berkeley Tribe, 1970—Out of the “vortex of slaughter” that is Vietnam has come the main organizing energy for the People’s Army Jamboree, which begins this Saturday in Portland. While Governor McCall claimed on TV Tuesday night that the whole thing was “spawned” by SDS people bent on violence, this plainly is not the case.
GI’s in coalition with a broad spectrum of the Left in the Northwest are planning the five-day event, calling for disciplined, non-violent marches to coincide with the American Legion’s “Victory in Vietnam” parade. The Jamboree is being called at the same time as the American Legion holds its convention in Portland, and Richard Nixon may put in an appearance. The Governor says “federal intelligence” estimates that 50,000 young people will show up for the Jamboree, significantly outnumbering the Legionnaires.
Publicity for the Jamboree has gone out all over the nation, and indications are that the combined attraction of the Jamboree, Sky River Rock Festival, as well as a pig-endorsed rock concert this weekend will draw many times that number to the area.
d.a. levy was a lonewolf guerrilla poet out of cleveland, ohio where he died last november at the age of 26. this is one of his gentlest poems, part of the North American Book of the Dead. a mimeo anthology of most of his work, entitled UKANHAVYRFUCKINCITIBAK, is still available for about $10 from the asphodel bookshop in cleveland. it is the most complete criticism of the american way now in existence.
“Alcatraz Odyssey,” Berkeley Tribe (1969)
We set out from the San Francisco Marina Friday afternoon with a couple hundred pounds of food aboard, headed for Alcatraz. The Indians had been out there since early Thursday morning, on the land that is rightfully theirs. Their supplies were getting low. Our vessel was the good junk WOO and our skipper at the wheel was Peter Jones. About 15 people were aboard, the youngest a little blond-haired boy all bundled up in a life jacket. The majority of us though were members of the underground press. LNS, Dock of the Bay photographers, a Tribe team, and Scoop from KSAN. Channel 5 had hung around the dock, but didn’t trust us enough to take the trip, even when we invited them. We were a pretty raunchy looking crew. We headed out of the Marina. Someone lit a couple of joints. It was a beautiful day.
SEX DRUG CULT
Berkeley Tribe (1969)—A new sex-pot church will attempt to bridge the gap between suburban swingers and hippy heads. Psychedelic Venus Church, chartered Nov. 24 by Shiva Fellowship, worships Aphrodite “as our symbol of hedonic pleasure, in her psychedelic aspect symbolizing direct spiritual revelation. We see her presiding over nude orgies of fucking and sucking and cannabis: truly Venereal religion.”
Membership is free for members of SFL and CHF, $5 for anyone else, and may be had by writing Rev. Jefferson Fuck Poland, Box 6196, SF.
"Half my friends are into sex, and the other half into dope," muses Rev. Fuck. "There’s not enough overlap, at least not up front. So Psychedelic Venus means we’ll try to combine the trips, get hedonism back together in the Old Time Religion."
Judy Gumbo Albert on the cover of Berkeley Tribe (1970)
Judy was an original Yippie and is an all-around badass. I interviewed her for my book (this image is in there too), and I have a studio visit with her that I’ll put up soon. Anyway, right now she has a really dope Vietnam photo essay over at Thorne Dreyer’s Rag Blog.
"In 1970, during the American War, I visited what was then North Viet Nam. It was a Yippie trip. This year I returned to Viet Nam. What follows are some of my impressions."