“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."
Women March Against Racist War Research
…about a hundred of us, in witches’ costumes and war paint, armed with incense, candles and tambourines, walked over a mile thru downtown Market Street to the office of Rothschild & Raffin, the contractors building Western Medical Institute of Research. At the R & R building and also the Ferry building 2 blocks away, we cast our hex: “A hex, a hex / on Pentagon West / Rothschild and Raffin get rich on death…ibbidy, bibbidy, sibbidy sap / no more racist sexist crap…double bubble pigs in trouble / sisters joined in love and struggle.
About a month ago I reblogged a photoset post from John Felix Arnold III that included a few shots of his installation currently on display (through September 8) at SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason.
Felix was one of the first artists that showed at my old bookstore/gallery—way back in 2007. The exhibition, Astroknots II, got some good press in San Francisco, and he has continued the art world grind since. Son is mad talented and has a hustler’s work ethic, so I’m sure this is only one stop on the way up, but I just wanted to take the time out to salute the accomplishment. I reached out to him for a few more photos and some additional info. He sent the flicks above and writes:
The pieces are all 4’x8’ mixed media on wood panels with found object assemblage frames and soil in the window bays…all made in 2013.
The series is called In Memory Of…
The pieces are as follows:
Stormy Weather Revisited
Hurtling Through Time
Chicken Hawk Dive
Big up Felix!