Pilgrimage - John Felix Arnold III
May 10–June 7, 2014
Opening tonight at Shooting Gallery in San Francisco.
“Death of Hip, Birth of Free,” Berkeley Barb (1967)
One year ago Oct 6 marked the first Love Pageant, the first free food in the Haight and a prophecy of a declaration of independence. Next Friday, a year later October 6 will signal “the Death of Hippie” and “Rebirth of Free Men” and a Declaration of Independence.
The Committee for Community made up of representatives of the Switchboard, Free Medical Clinic, Housing Office, Free Store, Oracle and others, who do not wish to be named, called its second meeting on the Death of Hippie celebration Wednesday. All those present could agree on the necessity for the “Death of Hippy.” Most felt that media had created the concepts of “Hippy,” hippy culture, ethics, and hippy community. There was a general consensus that the media’s image enticed many dissatisfied young people to the Haight—people who in most cases had not made an internal commitment to drop out.
This influx of uncommitted people in need of housing, food and other services changed the environment for those already there. They tried to fulfill the needs of the newcomers. “Rather than asking them to do their thing, the community tried to give them what they came for,” as one person put it. Many speakers expressed concern that the resulting situation destroyed the freedom of both the older residents and the new arrivals. Instead of “doing their thing” people were becoming media image “hippies,” they felt.
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."