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Hippie Archeology
« on: June 09, 2014, 05:12:55 PM »
[ these records were what was left over from a fire ... these were probably the parents records that they got when the kids moved out of the house ]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTPUE0q7V6g
Grateful Dead and jefferson airplane and the chosen family

Uploaded on May 17, 2011

They called it the "Chosen Family," a group of families that lived together, in a mansion built in 1911, on a 760-acre ranch about 40 miles north of San Francisco.

Rock musicians flocked to Rancho Olompali, which since has become a state park, for a little R&R and jamming. The Grateful Dead even lived there briefly in 1966. Members of Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service would show up to play and party.

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http://westerndigs.org/vinyl-records-excavated-at-famous-60s-commune-challenge-hippie-stereotype-study-says/
Vinyl Records Excavated at Famous ’60s Commune Challenge ‘Hippie’ Stereotype, Study Says


The Grateful Dead once lived there, apparently taken with the acoustics of the living room.

Its bucolic grounds were featured on the back cover of the Dead’s 1969 album Aoxomoxoa.

And the crush of musical luminaries who passed through it include Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Nina Simone, and a 5-year-old girl named Courtney Love.

But the country estate known as Rancho Olompali in Marin County, California was best known as the site of a social experiment that lasted all of 600 days: a commune called The Chosen Family, where at one point nearly 90 people sought refuge from the tumult of San Francisco street life in the late 1960s


The Chosen Family experiment ran from the fall of 1967 until late summer 1969, after an electrical fire had consumed the 26-room mansion that was its headquarters, leaving the commune in social and financial disarray.

State archaeologist E. Breck Parkman began exploring the site — now enshrined in a state park — as early as 1981, seeking to explore the historical realities behind what he believes are preconceived notions about the commune and its members.

“I’ve used the contemporary archaeology of Olompali to address the concept of stereotype, in this case, what we generally consider to be the ‘hippie,’” said Parkman, senior archaeologist for California’s state parks.
[Read about another recent dig into 20th century history: "New Mexico’s ‘Atari Dump,’ a Midden of Video Games, to Be Excavated"
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After decades of research punctuated by complications and delays, Parkman has excavated and analyzed 93 vinyl records from the charred ruins of Olompali's mansion.

"To date, I’ve managed to identify 55 of those records, with somewhat surprising results," he said.

Instead of The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, he said, he found Judy Garland, Burl Ives, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme.

Rather than the voices of counterculture, he uncovered scores of albums of classic jazz, folk, show tunes, even comedy.

"The wide range of musical styles represented by this 'hippie discography' suggests that the people who came together to form this 'hippie' commune had a wide range of backgrounds, including their musical tastes," Parkman said.


http://scahome.org/publications/proceedings/Proceedings.25Fernandez.pdf
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There is an important question to ask about this collection: which of these were from Sandra
Barton’s personal collection, and what albums were considered property of the commune
?

We believe that the majority of the records belonged to Sandra Barton, who had a music library in
her bedroom (Noelle Barton, personal communication 2009). When the mansion burned, her collection
fell through the floor into the kitchen below her room. There was also a collection of records that
belonged to the commune as a whole, which was stored in the adjacent living room, as well as the music
collection of Don McCoy, which was stored upstairs in his room
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Also found among the fire debris was a reel-to-reel player with three reel tapes (Figure 7).
Presently, the content of these tapes has not been determined, since there is currently no way for the audio
to be recovered. There is some speculation that these could even be recordings of some of Sandra
Barton’s own music, since she was a singer and had often performed in San Francisco and Los Angeles
nightclubs prior to her years in the commune (Parkman 2010).

The presence of a reel-to-reel player at the commune may also suggest an association with the
military
. There are a few things that are known for sure, such as the fact that members of the commune
were getting discount items from the PX Exchange at the Air Force base between Novato and San Rafael
,
where these players would have been less expensive than average.
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http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/38103
Olompali: Miwoks, Chosen Family, Grateful Dead

Olompali State Historic Park has had a long, strange procession of inhabitants, starting with the Miwok Indians, and ending with the Grateful Dead and a hippie commune, "The Chosen Family." The historic state park is 700 acres of scenic land and hiking trails on the slopes of Mount Burdell, at the upper end of Marin County. A small exhibit area in one of the ranch buildings chronicles its periods of occupancy.

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In 1948, the property was purchased by the University of San Francisco, with plans to turn it into a Jesuit retreat. Later investors eventually ended up building a large swimming pool in front of the mansion and ran the Olompali Swim Club, with plans to add tennis courts. Ultimately the business failed.

Hippie Nirvana

In 1967, the property was leased by Donald McCoy Jr. using money from his wealthy family. For a few months the Grateful Dead lived there and would perform concerts in front of the mansion. The ranch appears on one of their albums, and pals such as Janice Joplin and Grace Slick were loyal ranch visitors.

A collective known as the "Chosen Family," a creation of Don McCoy, transformed the property into the prototypical hippie commune, pursuing their love of the land and their fellow humans. According to local historian Susan Stompe, they became known in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for the fresh baked bread they distributed freely, in old coffee cans, prepared using an outdoor oven at the ranch. It was the "Summer of Love."

The "Chosen Family" peaked at about a hundred residents, including children, during their tenancy from 1967-69.

Hippie Bummer

This all went south on February 2, 1969, when an electrical fire gutted the mansion. Fire trucks spewed water pumped from the old swimming pool, to no avail.

The stucco outer walls of the mansion still stand today, the windows and doors covered for safety. Artifacts of mansion life were recovered and some are displayed in the museum: melted vinyl records, a coffee can with a bulging crust of the famous Chosen Family loaf.

With the central dwelling (and most of McCoy's money) decimated, the Chosen Family started to disperse, though many hippies still lived in the outbuildings.

Later in 1969, two little girls fell into the half-filled pool and drowned. Commune members couldn't get any of their communal beater vehicles to start to get them to the hospital. County officials investigated and found numerous building code violations.

Within a month, they were all expelled.

Museum Ghost Woman

The property has been operated as a state historic park since 1990. In the frame house containing the museum, gift shop and park offices, a ghost woman in a white dress has been reported at the top of the second floor stairs. Perhaps the last tenant at Olompali?

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02/02/1969 - the night the mansion burned down: (they say they were at a gig at the Longshoreman's Hall in SF - maybe so, but it wasn't the Grateful Dead - They were in Minneapolis, MN - hmmmm 

http://www.marinij.com/ci_5835984
Event marks history of Olompali and a commune that called it home
Joe Wolfcale
Posted:   05/07/2007 12:12:08

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On the northern outskirts of Novato, on what would become Olompali State Historic Park, a tiny hippie commune known as the Chosen Family thrived for nearly two years on a $500 a month lease.

Over a brief period, more than 25 and up to 60 people joined the commune and lived the anti-establishment lifestyle on the grounds, home schooling children, farming organically, making pottery and baking bread until the old Burdell mansion burned on Feb. 2, 1969.

"I'll never forget - we were coming home from a Grateful Dead show at the Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco and, when we saw the flames bursting from the building, all we could do is stand there in awe," said Noelle Olompali, a teenager at the time. "We went to the Denny's in Novato for coffee, and then we just stood there in the cold and froze."

Two dogs and a parrot perished in the fire, Olompali said, but, "we got all the kids out."

On Sunday, Olompali -who had her name officially changed when she was 16 because the park was such a magical place for her - returned to the park as generations of the Chosen Family came to hear her oral history of the era 40 years later and participate in the 30th anniversary of the site's official designation as a state historic park.

"We chose each other to live together as an extended family," Olompali said. "And it wasn't because we thought we were the chosen few. We lived a true democracy."

Some of the Chosen Family have passed on, most notably one of the original organizers, Don McCoy. Others have moved away, but a core group still maintains contact and gets together, "whether it's every year or every 10 years," Olompali said.

"Everyone seems to have found their little niche in life," Olompali said.

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https://archive.org/details/gd69-02-02.sbd.cotsman.9758.sbeok.shnf
Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: February 2, 1969 (check for other copies)
Venue: Labor Temple
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven Death Don't Have No Mercy Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Turn On Your Love Light

http://www.sixtiesposters.com/deadpage1.htm


Grateful Dead
2/2/1969  Labor Temple  Minneapolis, MN
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: Hippie Archeology
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2014, 07:55:34 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmPkgSIkUeM
Grateful Dead & Janis Joplin - Lovelight 1970-07-16
Published on May 12, 2012


Janis Joplin is Alive

Janis and Pigpen


I Thought there was only one Lovelight with Janis, turns out there's two!
Pig and Janis. The Grateful Dead Live at Euphoria Ballroom 1970-07-16

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_%22Pigpen%22_McKernan

Ronald C. "Pigpen" McKernan (September 8, 1945 – March 8, 1973) was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. McKernan contributed a blues element to the group, regularly performing such songs as "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "Easy Wind", and his trademark song "Turn On Your Love Light"—a Bobby Bland cover that served as the finale for many Grateful Dead concerts.

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McKernan was born in San Bruno, California, the son of an R&B and blues disc jockey. He grew up with many African-American friends and felt very strongly connected to black music and culture. As a youth, he taught himself blues piano and developed a biker image. In his early teens, McKernan left Palo Alto High School by mutual agreement with the school's principal. He also began using alcohol in his adolescence.

McKernan began spending time around coffeehouses and music stores, where he met Jerry Garcia. One night Garcia invited McKernan onstage to play harmonica and sing the blues. Garcia was impressed and McKernan became the blues singer in local jam sessions. A high-school friend named Roger gave him his nickname based on his "funky" approach to life.[1] However, in an essay included with the Grateful Dead box-set The Golden Road (1965-1973) it is claimed that a girlfriend of McKernan's gave him the nickname, owing to his similarity to the permanently dirty character in the comic-strip Peanuts.[2]
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McKernan had a short romantic relationship and longer friendship with Janis Joplin; a poster from the early 1970s featured them together.[10] Joplin joined McKernan onstage at the Fillmore West in June 1969 with the Grateful Dead to sing his signature "Turn On Your Love Light," despite her dislike of the band's jamming style. The two reprised this duet July 16, 1970, at the Euphoria Ballroom in San Rafael, California.
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2014, 08:07:13 PM »
I have been playing Drums & Singing since I was 14 years old: and that was back in the day!~ (the 1970's)

Rock Music is of the devil & be careful to what you listen to: as the devil is in the details...
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2014, 08:07:32 PM »
http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/the-past-in-the-present-the-sunland-hog-farm-commune.html
The Past In the Present: The Sunland Hog Farm Commune
July 25, 2012
Robby Herbst

Last week, Machine Project hosted a presentation by twenty-something archaeologist Annie Danis; one in a series of talks she's coordinating about archeology from the contemporary past. Danis discussed hippie trash, literally stuff she and her peers had dug up from a late 60s early 1970s midden, collapsed pit house, and hippie-teepee on a commune site in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico (just north of Taos).

The dig, directed by Kaet Heupel of Columbia University, is on the lands of New Buffalo. That commune was relatively well known for its "goin' native" take on the back-to-the-earth movement. It was also the inspiration for the commune represented in the film "Easy Rider."

According to Danis, the artifact they all secretly hoped to find was a stale dirt-laden joint. No luck. They did however find a potsherd with the word "love" inscribed in it. Danis' area of study on the dig was medical waste. In her presentation she focused on stories and speculations around unearthed condoms, birth control pills, and lotion for the treatment the "hippie bug" -- scabies.
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The Hog Farm, maybe the grooviest hippe kibbutz in existence, sits surrounded by a stupendous mountain landscape in Southern California. Here its citizens assemble for a town meeting en plein air. Cheap, strong geodesic domes draped with parachute silk , like the one at right, are the favored Hog Farm architectural motif. Spread from Avante Garde issue 5, page 44, 1968. | Photo: Julian Wasser, Caption: Peter Schjeldahl

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Looking at hippie stuff through the lens of archaeology gives us a whole other perspective on what was (and maybe still is) going on. Letting the objects themselves speak in harmony with the people who lived at New Buffalo makes the story of counter-culture deliciously complicated and rich. It lets the things ask questions of us, while at the same time we ask questions of things.
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To your question, though, I'd say that a few of my colleagues might consider themselves anarchists -- and more surely, many have activist practices in a range of issues and forms. Anthropology and archaeology often attract people with vested interests in the way society functions because it studies how it has functioned in the past. This includes everything from Neolithic toolmakers to hippies. It is an opportunity to look at the fantastically large set of strategies people have used to organize, survive, and create. I suppose it makes sense then, that those of us looking for new or different ways of living "today" would be interested in how others did it yesterday
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Isolated still, today the Hog Farm land seems to be in the ownership of a church. The main building is still there, though perhaps expanded. Danis and I walked around comparing photos of the old place to what's here now. There were no pieces of geodesic dome laying about, no bell-bottom trousers poking from under a rock down a ravine. We tried to find "High Hill" which was "a rise overlooking the Farm and specially reserved for the purpose." No luck.

Danis noted that there had been a lot of disturbance of the soil around the place, and suggested that digging there may not be so fruitful

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Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2014, 08:40:59 PM »
 I knew the Hippies from the day: and now they are the baby-boomers of stupidity: I speak to people of my age [57] and they are DUMB: that is the Hippies!

 The Hippies of the 60's & 70's became the Yuppies, in the 80's & 90's and they are as dumb as a flea on a sand hill!
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I knew the Hippies from the day: and now they are the baby-boomers of stupidity: I speak to people of my age [57] and they are DUMB: that is the Hippies!
 The Hippies of the 60's & 70's became the Yuppies, in the 80's & 90's and they are as dumb as a flea on a sand hill!

Most of the real hippies are dead already ..... Chet Helms for instance ....  But at least I can say that I met alot of them ...

http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2011/10/family-dog-at-great-highway-660-great.html


Family Dog On The Great Highway, 660 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA

The Family Dog On The Great Highway opened on June 13, 1969 with the Jefferson Airplane. The site was at the former Edgewater Ballroom, part of the Playland At The Beach complex. This same building, originally known as "The Casino," apparently dated to the 1880s and lasted through the mid-1970s. In 1969,  Playland ebbed as the San Francisco pop culture was taking hold.

 I haven't been able to locate any information on the Edgewater Ballroom yet but other interesting facts have surfaced surrounding the area of Playland, Sutro Baths and the Cliff House

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Chet Helms the original ....


https://chethelmsbio.wordpress.com/category/the-chet-helms-biography-project/page/2/

The Chet Helms Chronicles - Documenting a Life


Family Dog – 1966. This photograph of Family Dog, friends and associates was taken by Herb Greene in a vacant lot on Pine Street, probably during the summer

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Chet-Helms-may-be-gone-but-enough-hippie-rockers-2563042.php

Chet Helms may be gone, but enough hippie rockers are left to throw a Final Tribal Stomp
  
Joel Selvin, Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic
 Published 4:00 am, Saturday, October 29, 2005



They're burying the last hippie tomorrow in Golden Gate Park.

In their youth, the hippies were just happily wasted. Nowadays, some of them are thick-waisted -- and maybe just a bit gray. But veterans of Woodstock and Monterey will gather in Golden Gate Park Sunday for a free concert in memory of Chet Helms, who died in June from a stroke at age 62.

Inevitably described in his obituaries as the proprietor of the Avalon Ballroom during the glory days of the San Francisco rock scene, and the man who discovered Janis Joplin, Helms was so much more.

That Helms died penniless attests to his enduring honesty. That he will be feted Sunday at Speedway Meadows by hundreds, if not thousands, of friends and people whose lives he touched is a testament to his character. Helms never was someone whose success could be measured in material terms.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Helms

Chester Leo "Chet" Helms (August 2, 1942 – June 25, 2005), often called the father of San Francisco's 1967 "Summer of Love", was a music promoter and a cultural figure in San Francisco during its hippie period in the late Sixties.

Helms was the founder and manager of Big Brother and the Holding Company and recruited Janis Joplin as its lead singer. He was a producer and organizer, helping to stage free concerts and other cultural events at Golden Gate Park, the backdrop of San Francisco's Summer of Love in 1967, as well as at other venues, including the Avalon Ballroom.

He was the first producer of psychedelic light-show concerts at the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom and  was instrumental in helping to develop bands that had the distinctive San Francisco Sound.[1]

Helms died June 25, 2005 of complications from hepatitis C.
[2] He was 62.
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http://born-late.blogspot.com/


Janis Joplin With Chet Helms  (photos are my scans [please credit if you repost!] from Hippie, Piece of My Heart: A Portrait of Janis Joplin, Radical Rags, Swingin' Chicks of the '60s, and Time: Visions of the 60s.)
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: Hippie Archeology
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2014, 09:39:48 PM »
Most of the real hippies are dead already ..... Chet Helms for instance ....  But at least I can say that I met alot of them ...

http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2011/10/family-dog-at-great-highway-660-great.html


Family Dog On The Great Highway, 660 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA

The Family Dog On The Great Highway opened on June 13, 1969 with the Jefferson Airplane. The site was at the former Edgewater Ballroom, part of the Playland At The Beach complex. This same building, originally known as "The Casino," apparently dated to the 1880s and lasted through the mid-1970s. In 1969,  Playland ebbed as the San Francisco pop culture was taking hold.

 I haven't been able to locate any information on the Edgewater Ballroom yet but other interesting facts have surfaced surrounding the area of Playland, Sutro Baths and the Cliff House

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Chet Helms the original ....


https://chethelmsbio.wordpress.com/category/the-chet-helms-biography-project/page/2/

The Chet Helms Chronicles - Documenting a Life


Family Dog – 1966. This photograph of Family Dog, friends and associates was taken by Herb Greene in a vacant lot on Pine Street, probably during the summer

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Chet-Helms-may-be-gone-but-enough-hippie-rockers-2563042.php

Chet Helms may be gone, but enough hippie rockers are left to throw a Final Tribal Stomp
  
Joel Selvin, Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic
 Published 4:00 am, Saturday, October 29, 2005



They're burying the last hippie tomorrow in Golden Gate Park.

In their youth, the hippies were just happily wasted. Nowadays, some of them are thick-waisted -- and maybe just a bit gray. But veterans of Woodstock and Monterey will gather in Golden Gate Park Sunday for a free concert in memory of Chet Helms, who died in June from a stroke at age 62.

Inevitably described in his obituaries as the proprietor of the Avalon Ballroom during the glory days of the San Francisco rock scene, and the man who discovered Janis Joplin, Helms was so much more.

That Helms died penniless attests to his enduring honesty. That he will be feted Sunday at Speedway Meadows by hundreds, if not thousands, of friends and people whose lives he touched is a testament to his character. Helms never was someone whose success could be measured in material terms.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Helms

Chester Leo "Chet" Helms (August 2, 1942 – June 25, 2005), often called the father of San Francisco's 1967 "Summer of Love", was a music promoter and a cultural figure in San Francisco during its hippie period in the late Sixties.

Helms was the founder and manager of Big Brother and the Holding Company and recruited Janis Joplin as its lead singer. He was a producer and organizer, helping to stage free concerts and other cultural events at Golden Gate Park, the backdrop of San Francisco's Summer of Love in 1967, as well as at other venues, including the Avalon Ballroom.

He was the first producer of psychedelic light-show concerts at the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom and  was instrumental in helping to develop bands that had the distinctive San Francisco Sound.[1]

Helms died June 25, 2005 of complications from hepatitis C.
[2] He was 62.
....

http://born-late.blogspot.com/


Janis Joplin With Chet Helms  (photos are my scans [please credit if you repost!] from Hippie, Piece of My Heart: A Portrait of Janis Joplin, Radical Rags, Swingin' Chicks of the '60s, and Time: Visions of the 60s.)
Hey Mate my real name is CHET and I was a player back in the day---and I thank The Lord that I am not dead! and I am still playing my drums and doing DJ Gigs!

I knew many hippies and most are dead/or/those that live are yuppies!
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Common Sense ran away..."

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Re: Hippie Archeology
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2014, 12:53:14 PM »
Lagunitas is a hidden enclave near Stinson Beach in Marin ,,, The "hippies" there take the street signs down to hide the commune ity ...
Home of many of the Family Dog and Grateful Dead famiiles ...


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/23/us/in-lagunitas-calif-a-fight-over-worms-and-moats.html?_r=0
Lagunitas Journal

In Hippie Holdout, a Fight Over Worms and Moats

By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN
Published: April 22, 2012


For 40 years, David Lee Hoffman, standing, has been building without permits in Marin County. He faces fines for running his tea business at his compound

LAGUNITAS, Calif. — To find David Lee Hoffman’s front door, take a right at the bell tower and proceed past the moat with a boat named Titanic II. Step — gingerly — through the stone tunnel, then follow the brick steps up to the Worm Palace and the breathtaking view of the Solar Power Shower Tower.

You can’t miss it.

For the last 40 years, Mr. Hoffman, 67, an entrepreneur who specializes in rare aged tea leaves, has been building a Chinese- and Tibetan-inspired compound on a steep hill in this unincorporated hippie holdover in western Marin County where the general store has a community piano and sells clothing “made with peace and love.”

The village has long prided itself on its pristine beauty and live-and-let-live attitude. But that was before the bitter dispute that pitted Mr. Hoffman, with his unconventional techniques for living in what he calls a sustainable way, against county code enforcers whose demands for permits he has repeatedly ignored.

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Mr. Hoffman, who has been called the Indiana Jones of tea, may be the ultimate do-it-yourselfer. But the county has issues with the 30 or so structures he has built over the years.

Chief among its concerns is his method of disposing and recycling waste. It is called vermicomposting, in which colonies of worms, micro-organisms and carbon-rich leaves turn waste into humus. Water from the shower and kitchen sink flow into the upper moat, along with food scraps digested in Mr. Hoffman’s copper-shingled Taj Mahal for worms. The resulting “gray water” passes through filters before being piped into the garden to nurture Peruvian potatoes, French sorrel and other vegetables.

Mr. Hoffman and his wife, Ratchanee Chaikamwung, who is known as Bee and is from Thailand, forgo soap, washing dishes with a mix of wood ash and oyster shells. In place of a conventional toilet, they use self-contained chambers with a worm-composting system. Compost privies are not allowed in Marin County.

The possibility of the moats overflowing into a nearby salmon creek is yet another concern. “We have given David notice many times about requiring construction permits,” said Debbi Poiani, the county’s senior code-enforcement specialist.

But even through red tags, he’s just continued on his merry way,” she added, referring to the code violation stickers.
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Like George Lucas and the Grateful Dead, Mr. Hoffman “helps to put Marin on the map as a place of unique creativity and originality,” a neighbor, Vernon Castle, argued in a letter to the county (although Mr. Lucas is not without his own issue, having just scratched a plan to build a digital technology complex in West Marin after intense opposition).

The son of a wallpaper manufacturer, Mr. Hoffman grew up in Oakland, Calif., and was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. He spent a decade backpacking through Tibet, Nepal and elsewhere in Asia before settling in Marin in 1973. He started a business based on a process he invented for cleaning ancient textiles using sound vibrations. “I was cleaning pieces that were worth more than my house,” he said. “Tea was easy and quiet.”

But his fanatical construction project reflects a soft-spoken intensity. To build the tea house roof, for instance, Mr. Hoffman, who is afraid of heights, recruited former Cirque du Soleil performers to teach him how to suspend safely in midair.

He insists that he thought he had the county’s unofficial blessing. “I did what I felt was right,” he said. He added, “My love of the planet is greater than my fear of the law.”
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http://www.marinij.com/ci_22792988/lib-at-large-grateful-deads-bob-weir-and
Lib at Large: Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh reflect on bandmate Pigpen
By Paul Liberatore
Marin Independent Journal
Posted:   03/15/2013 05:20:00 AM PDT

FORTY YEARS ago this month, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, a founding member of the Grateful Dead, was found dead of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at his home in Corte Madera. Like his lover, Janis Joplin, and fellow rock icons Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, he was 27.

In his memory, Grateful Dead legends Bob Weir and Phil Lesh reminisced about their dearly departed bandmate March 13 night on "Weir Here," the new live music and talk show that's webcast weekly from Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael

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In the "on the couch" segment of the show, the two old friends were joined in their remembrances of the hard drinking Pigpen by "Big" Steve Parish, Jerry Garcia's trusted roadie, and David Lemieux, the band's music archivist. In his role as talk show host, Weir slipped on a sports coat and sat behind a desk with a vintage microphone on it and a coffee mug jammed with pencils.

"When I started on the road with the Grateful Dead, the new guy always had to room with Pigpen first," Parish recalled, noting that Pigpen's drinks of choice were Rainier Ale (aka "Green Death") and Southern Comfort. "Pig liked to party. If you could get through that, you made it to a new level in the Grateful Dead's inner circle."



Members of the Grateful Dead at Camp Lagunitas in 1966. From left, Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia. ?The reason we chose Marin is simple, really,? said Dennis McNally, longtime publicist for the Grateful Dead, the rock and roll pioneers who have maintained a creative and commercial presence in Marin for a quarter century. ?It's paradise.? (IJ photo/Jim Kean) Jim Kean

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In Joplin, Pigpen found a flame with whom he could not only belt the blues but enjoy other passionate pursuits as well. Lesh wondered if the line in the Grateful Dead song, "Looks Like Rain," that goes, "Did you ever waken to the sound of street cats making love?" referred to Pigpen and Janis.

According to Weir, there's no doubt about it. He told a story about the time the band lived communally in an old summer camp in Forest Knolls.
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http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20101375,00.html
Jerry Garcia Raised the Dead to Joyous Heights, But Bad Habits Finally Silenced the Truckin' Troubadour
August 21, 1995
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Last week, in the early morning hours of Wed., Aug. 9, Garcia's heart, 53 years old and ravaged by years of drug abuse and related health problems, gave out on him. The guitarist's comatose body was found before dawn during a routine bed check by a counselor at the Serenity Knolls drug treatment center in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Forest Knolls, where Garcia had checked in after an apparent relapse into a heroin addiction that had plagued him for years. Garcia was pronounced dead at 4:23 a.m. after a staff nurse and a Marin County paramedic each failed to revive him with CPR. "It was clearly a heart attack," says longtime Grateful Dead spokesman Dennis McNally, an opinion supported by the Marin County coroner's preliminary finding that the death "appears to be from natural causes."
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http://flashingonthesixties.com/blog/
http://flashingonthesixties.com/janis-joplin-big-brother/

Janis was rehearsing with Big Brother & The Holding Company in a large wooden house at the end of a dirt road in Lagunitas, California, very close to where we lived in Forest Knolls. As I walked into the house, I was totally stunned by a voice belting out from another room. The power of her voice and the stomping of her foot shook the whole house. That was the day I shot the flag images and later in Woodacre we did a big shoot by the barns and the tractor.

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http://cafecancun.com/bookarts/west_of_eden.shtml


Chrissie Jolly & Faera, with unknown woman and child in background
The Chinese House, Lagunitas, Calif., 1971
Photograph by Ron Thal

West of Eden - By Jules Siegel
Originally published in considerably different form in Playboy, November, 1970, and in full in Record (Straight Arrow, 1972).

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/x8hu3P-Tuny/General+views+small+coastal+hippie+town+Bolinas/EgVGUj2ry14/Frances+McDormand
Bolinas California

In This Photo: Frances McDormand

April 21, 2010. General views of the small coastal hippie town of Bolinas, located about 30 miles North of San Francisco. The quaint little town is best known for its huge aggregation of hippies and other social recluses.

Bolinas earned a reputation for being the most secretive place in the United States after years of residents famously tearing down any destination signs to keep out the bad karma that emanates from all other places - leaving the road to Bolinas completely unmarked. In fact, the only place you'll see a Bolinas sign is in the town's museum. Oscar winning actress Frances McDormand and her husband, film director Joel Coen own a home in the area

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagunitas-Forest_Knolls,_California
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls is a census-designated place, composed of two unincorporated areas in the western half of the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, United States. The population was 1,819 at the 2010 census. The two towns are locally seen as separate, geographically divided by narrow points in the San Geronimo Valley, and each with its own small commercial center. Both are primarily residential. Lagunitas' ZIP code is 94938, while that of Forest Knolls is 94933
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Notable current and former residents]
Elvin Bishop, an American blues and rock and roll musician and guitarist
Klaus Kinski, German actor
Lt. Col. (retired) Michael A. Aquino, founder of Temple of Set, co-author of MindWar psyops program for U.S. Intelligence community: raised in Forest Knoll.
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Jerry Garcia lived at the bottom of Resaca St. in Forest Knolls. The artist used this location as a retreat.
He later entered his second try at rehab at Serenity Knolls facility in Forest Knolls On August 8. In the early hours of August 9, 1995, he died there in his sleep of a heart attack at the age of 53.
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Big Brother and the Holding Company, Janis Joplin's first band, lived in Lagunitas from 1966–1967, next door to Country Joe and the Fish and the Quicksilver Messenger Service.

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http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Adobe-home-found-under-Marin-hippie-commune-3254565.php
Adobe home found under Marin hippie commune
Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
Published 4:00 am, Wednesday, January 14, 2009



Workers dressed in hazmat protective clothing remove asbestos and other dangerous substances from artifacts found on the site of the former Burdell Mansion at Olompali State Historical Park north of Novato, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. Before it burned on Feb. 2, 1969, the mansion was a hippie scene which housed, among others, the members of the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. Photo: Kim Komenich, The Chronicle
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The historic mansion was known in the 1960s as "the White House of hippiedom."


http://www.tridentrestaurant.com/
The Trident 1966 - 1976



Welcome to the "original" Trident restaurant's website!  This site would like your help collecting photos, stories, and memories, from employees, patrons, and anyone that frequented this unique establishment/ experience from 1966 to 1976. 

The Kingston Trio's Trident, at 558 Bridgeway in Sausalito, uniquely reflected what was going on in the late 60's through the mid 70's in the Bay Area.

New York City had Club 54, and San Francisco had the Trident. David Crosby called the Trident, "Ground Zero for Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll!"

Robin Williams worked there as a bus boy. Janis Joplin had her own table when she came in. Clint Eastwood and Sonny Barger (head of the Hell's Angels) hung out regularly at the bar.  In 1972 and 1975, after their concerts, the Rolling Stones held  private parties at the Trident that were thrown by Bill Graham. This is just the tip of the iceburg. There are many stories here. All surprisingly true!


The night the Trident closed in 1976, most of the employees had taken some sort of mind altering substance ,and the "kind" was being freely indulged in throughout the evening ... without any incidents or trouble from the Sausalito Police that also attended!

http://www.oursausalito.com/the-trident.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eHE4cNj-vQ8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACGa7yqwFrE&feature=player_embedded
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In the 60's and 70's this was a center of the San Francisco Rock scene.  The ceiling mural dates to that time, and was painted by Dave Richards, who also painted Trident-regular Janis Joplin's Porsche on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (see video below).  Movie fans can see the interior woodwork of The Trident in the Woody Allen film, "Play it Again, Sam" (1972).


http://dedeporsche.com/2011/04/03/porsche-project-recreation-of-janis-joplins-psychedelic-painted-1965-porsche-356c-cabriolet/
PORSCHE PROJECT: Recreation of Janis Joplin’s psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet



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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2014, 06:09:59 PM »

 These weren't the real 'hippies'. These were all Decadents; Heroin Bummers and Suicides.

 I lived on the Tennessee Farm as a 'soaker' member, over a several year period. I laugh now.

 http://secondsightresearch.tripod.com/cattales/id13.html

 That was hard core hippies, Vietnam Vets just returned home laying down the law for the Freaks.

 http://www.thefarm.org/

 Yeah Man. No, really. I was there, some of the time. And later just in spirit, until I turned off! You dig?
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« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2014, 06:36:30 PM »
These weren't the real 'hippies'. These were all Decadents; Heroin Bummers and Suicides.

 I lived on the Tennessee Farm as a 'soaker' member, over a several year period. I laugh now.

 http://secondsightresearch.tripod.com/cattales/id13.html

 That was hard core hippies, Vietnam Vets just returned home laying down the law for the Freaks.

 http://www.thefarm.org/

 Yeah Man. No, really. I was there, some of the time. And later just in spirit, until I turned off! You dig?
Ya! Mate I do understand! cause I lived it! and most of the 'so called HIPPIES' are dead! or they work in the gov.!
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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2014, 07:08:07 PM »
Ya! Mate I do understand! cause I lived it! and most of the 'so called HIPPIES' are dead! or they work in the gov.!

  'The Caravan' was 'The Great Escape' of the SURVIVORS from the great SAN FRANCISCO implosion, meltdown and subsequent Carnage; the 60 converted school-buses which in antedeluvian Noah's Arc style allowed the chosen survivors to 'en-groupe' abscond from the Mainland's Alcatraz.
- Those who didn't leave The 'cisco, we are told, faced certain oblivion.

 'Refugees coming down from the Biggest Trip of the Century' is in the correct interpretation.

 Good Article Reflecting the Truth.
 http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Twilight-of-hippiedom-Farm-commune-s-founder-2666839.php

 The Greatful Dead I fully understand.
 I lived before The Farm experience (which still survives today, 43 Years on), with a couple of DEDICATED macrobiotic DEADHEADS who possessed every conceivable Vinyl record, bootleg and all paraphernalia ever created.

 I got it, right between the Eyes, and I couldn't stand it. Everything was Macrobiotics and Greatful Dead.
 There was little else in the house, except the heady smell of some rather strong oriental spices, I believe.

 A few years later ....
  
 "Now all the Hippies work for IBM, and want to take control'.
—Joe Jackson.

 This is true. The 'Peak Oil' gaff is still being pushed like a Vietnam Vet's cure for a middle-class hippy Obsessive disease, by A FORMER MEMBER of THE FARM.
 I won't name names.

 Ironic, uh?! Not at all. You can look upon Communal Living in this way, if you don't like it: COMMUNISM.

 You don't have to be so Black and White about things. We bear grudges as we grow old. No-one cares.
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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2014, 07:40:36 PM »
I lived on the Tennessee Farm as a 'soaker' member, over a several year period. I laugh now.
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Yes, the Gaskin crowd  - interesting ...  Thankfully, I was never much of a joiner for anything


Monday Night Class at the Family Dog Ballroom

http://kk.org/writings/why_we_left_the_farm.pdf
Why we left the Farm
WHOLE EARTH Review Winter 1985

AN INTERVIEW WITH EIGHT LONGTIME MEMBERS OF THE FARM WHO LEFT THE RENOWNED GRANDDADDY
OF NEW AGE COMMUNES.

Every Monday night during the late 1960s, a group of people met at Glide Memorial Church and the Family Dog Ballroom in
Sun Francisco
to discuss religion, drugs, the war in Vietnam, and the failures of free market capitalism. Those meetings stemmed
from a class called "North American White Witchcraft" offered by a dope-smoking ex-Marine named Stephen Gaskin.

From those meetings emerged an extraordinary dream of building a new, classless society from the ground up. On October 12,
1970, Gaskin and about 150 others boarded 35 buses and traveled around the nation for nearly eight months. The caravan
reached its final destination near the rural hamlet of Summertown, Tennessee.
There, on 1,750 mostly wooded acres, the grand
experiment they called the Farm began to rise.

Although the Farm is still settled by several hundred people, less than 40 members of the original caravan remain there. The
rest have moved on. Tiro of them currently work for Whole Earth. I wanted them to tell the story of the Farm, since what
they attempted was so grand, yet reports of its fate so meager. Many looked to the Farm as a New Age community that really
worked. Yet the Farm seemed to be unravelling unnoticed. What happened?
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Eight former members gathered on two evening for a taped interview
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From 10 hours of material, I edited the conversation roughly into its present state, arranging comments by topic rather than
by chronology. The transcript went back to the group for their corrections. They rewrote delicate points for clarification. On
the cutting floor is enough material for a fascinating book. - Kevin Kelly
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Ina Mae put out the word to the nation at large. Hey ladies, don't have an abortion. Come to the Farm, and we'll deliver
your baby free! Over 1000 babies were born on the Farm. We delivered all those babies for free.

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John: Collectives don't work, basically, for all the  classic reasons. One of the main reasons the Farm was collective was that Mao was'so popular in the counterculture at the time.
I don't believe that a real pure collective could work unless you were some tribe in which everybody had been related for 2,000 years. That was one of our mistakes. We called ourselves a tribe, but we weren't. We were all totally unrelated people trying to be  a tribe, but we weren't.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Gaskin

Stephen Gaskin (born February 16, 1935) is an American counterculture hippie icon best known for his presence in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in the 1960s and for co-founding "The Farm", a famous spiritual intentional community in Summertown, Tennessee.[1] He was a Green Party presidential primary candidate in 2000 on a platform which included campaign finance reform, universal health care, and decriminalization of marijuana.[2] He is the author of over a dozen books, a father, a grandfather, a teacher, a musician (drummer), a semantic rapper, a public speaker, a political activist, a philanthropic organizer, and a self-proclaimed professional hippie.

Gaskin was born in Denver, Colorado and served in the US Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955. In the 1960s, he moved to San Francisco and taught English, creative writing, and general semantics at San Francisco State College, where he was a student of S. I. Hayakawa.[3]

Stephen Gaskin's writing class evolved into an open discussion group known as Monday Night Class, which involved up to 1500 students. The Monday Night Class was held in an auditorium on the Great Highway on the land side of Ocean Beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in the Outer Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. Stephen Gaskin spoke about his experiences with psychedelic drugs and paranormal experiences, as well as lecturing on the importance of ecological awareness. This popular weekly gathering was attended by hippies from all over the San Francisco Bay Area during the years 1969 and 1970. Stephen became known as San Francisco's acid guru.

In 1970, Gaskin was part of a caravan of 60 vehicles that crossed the United States to settle 60 miles south-west of Nashville, Tennessee, forming a community called "The Farm", which the Wall Street Journal came to call "the General Motors of American Communes
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http://steven-war-ran.blogspot.com/2014_01_01_archive.html

Growing up on a Hippy Commune


What Was It Like To Grow Up On America's Largest Commune? In The Late 60'S, 320 San Francisco Hippies Took a Caravan of 60 Buses Across the Country and Founded "The Farm" in 1971 on 1,750 Acres in the Backwoods of Tennessee. It Reached a Peak of 1500 People, All Who Took a Vow of Poverty to Live Communally, Self Sufficient Off the Grid. During the 70'S and Early 80'S, Hundreds of Children Grew Up Knowing Only This Reality. Living in Tents and School Buses, Knowing Nothing of TV, Packaged Food, Meat, Make-up, Pavement or Electricity, Secluded in Another World of Farming, Horse Wagons, Outhouses, Home Birth, Rock and Roll, Pot Smoking, Meditating and Oming. I'm Going to Do My Best to Share What It Was Like From the Viewpoint of My Child Self Who Knew No Different Starting From the Beginning…

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In the late 1960s Richard Carter often attended Stephen Gaskin's Monday Night Class at the Family Dog Ballroom in San Francisco, California. Around 1500 hippies participated in the class.

At that time Carter met and spoke with Gaskin a few times. Several years ago a letter of mine to Gaskin's hippie community, a community located in a rural area of Tennessee and called "The Farm", was published in the community's newsletter. The letter states that when Gaskin's hippie community was forming in the San Francisco Bay Area...Richard Carter, his wife (Lois) and I were beginning to get a commune together to leave the Bay Area and move to a rural area. And that, at that time, we traveled to the town of Wahkon, located in a rural area of Minnesota, where we, for a while, pursued the goals of our countercultural mission. The letter also states that I believed that, in due time, Richard, Lois and I would be together again in Wahkon pursuing the same countercultural goals, and eventually successful at accomplishing our countercultural goals.



Monday Night Class at the Family Dog Ballroom

Richard Carter recently began corresponding with me and he has given me some assistance with my mission. He has indicated that he now supports my indigenous peoples' rights activist work and related hippie countercultural, Rainbow family mission. He is an environmentalist who was the Governor of Arizona's Environmental Delegate to both the U.S./Mexico Border Governor's and Mayor's Conferences for five consecutive years and Co-Chairman of the Arizona Environmental Technology Industry Cluster.

 Richard Carter is the Founding President of the 200+ member Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society. It is based in Tucson, Arizona and named Carter Affiliates, Inc. Resources for the Environment (CARE)

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Connection to "The Well" and Stewart Brand .... also notice the later connection to "TED Talks"

http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/5.05/ff_well_pr.html
The Epic Saga of The Well  
By Katie Hafner  

The World's Most Influential Online Community (And It's Not AOL)

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But probably the most important of Brand's early convictions for The Well was that people should take responsibility for what they said. There would be no anonymity; everyone's real name would be available on the system, linked to his or her login. Brand came up with a credo that would, through the years, spark no end of debate: "You own your own words." That proviso greeted members each time they logged on. "I was doing the usual, considering what could go wrong," he recalls. "One thing would be people blaming us for what people said on The Well. And the way I figured you get around that was to put the responsibility on the individual."

Brand's first hire was Matthew McClure, as The Well's director. McClure and Brand had known each other for years; McClure had been the chief typesetter for the Whole Earth Catalog, but had left the Bay area in 1971 and spent 12 years in rural Tennessee on The Farm, Stephen Gaskin's intentional community - one of the few communes that had outlasted the fad. When McClure returned in 1984 with little money and few job prospects, Brand hired him to be assistant editor of the Whole Earth Software Catalog. When The Well started, Brand liked the idea of having a Well director who had lived on a commune. (Indeed, The Well was to become a professional haven for a handful of ex-Farm members following McClure's lead.)

McClure's Tennessee years had been spent in a tight-knit community that afforded few forms of entertainment besides getting into other people's heads. But he wasn't just a commune refugee. Like Brand, he had attended an élite prep school, then Stanford. Together, Brand and McClure chose the French literary salons as an intellectual model for The Well. It was to be a collection of "conferences," each devoted to a subject likely to spark lively conversation. Each conference would spawn any number of "topics," devoted to more specific discussions. And each conference would have a host, someone who could act as a latter-day George Sand in guiding, shaping, and monitoring discussions. McClure, who came from an upper middle-class family, had observed the civility with which people in his parents' sphere treated one another. "A lot of the challenge was figuring out what the online equivalent of that was," he recalls.
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By the summer of 1986, The Well was increasingly suffering from technological stress that could be addressed only by a cash infusion. The choice of the VAX had probably been Stewart Brand's biggest mistake. In theory, it could support 40 simultaneous calls, but once eight or so people logged on at the same time, traffic barely inched along. Post something to the system and you might not see it appear for a good two or three minutes. But a new computer was out of the question - The Well was now officially losing money. Not tens of thousands, but thousands. Brand had removed himself from the picture; he was writing a book on the MIT Media Lab and running a series of small conferences on organizational learning for Royal/Dutch Shell Group, AT&T, and Volvo. In Ann Arbor, NETI's accountants and board members were suggesting to Larry Brilliant that he write off what had become a nearly $400,000 investment in The Well. Brilliant recalls a board meeting at which "most of the financial types said, 'We've got some serious partnerships, with AT&T, GE, and Arthur Andersen. And then this bunch of hippies in San Francisco. We should dump the hippies.'"

Feeling the pressure, McClure recruited John Coate, yet another returnee from The Farm, to help shore up The Well's business side. Coate, who came from an old-line San Francisco family, was one of the most affable people McClure had ever met, and by hiring him for the newly created position of Well marketing director (at $10 an hour), McClure hoped to lure more subscribers. Unfortunately, Coate didn't know the first thing about marketing or computers. What he did know, and care passionately about, was community-building on the model of The Farm, which he had joined at age 19 and stayed with for 12 years.
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http://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/history-of-ted

TED was born in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman's observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design. The first TED included a demo of the compact disc, the e-book and cutting-edge 3D graphics from Lucasfilm, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines using his developing theory of fractal geometry.

But despite a stellar lineup, the event lost money, and it was six years before Wurman and partner Harry Marks tried again. This time, the world was ready and the numbers worked. The TED Conference became an annual event in Monterey, California, attracting a growing and influential audience from many different disciplines united by their curiosity and open-mindedness ... and also by their shared discovery of an exciting secret. (Back then, TED was an invitation-only event.)

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Accordingly, the years 2001–2006 saw three major additions to the TED family:
•a sister conference, TEDGlobal, held in locations around the world
•the TED Prize, which grants its winners one wish to change the world
•an audio and video podcast series, TED Talks, in which the best TED content is released free online


The first six TED Talks were posted online in June 2006. By September, they had reached more than one million views. TED Talks proved so popular that in 2007, TED's website was relaunched around them, giving a global audience free access to some of the world's greatest thinkers, leaders and teachers.
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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2014, 07:37:10 AM »
 That's a really impressive PHOTO. I've never seen that. I was close to some founder members actually and we moved around Europe trying to setup a European Branch. After a few years it folded due to ('Anglo-European-American') - My Terminology, "Cultural Differences".

 The core ethic that attracted me was that there was NO DOLE taken on The Farm, no welfare EVER, when I was with them. That interested me apart from the HIGH SPIRITUALITY ethic of ... well you know ... strength in numbers man.

 I was with them from the London squats of Frestonia which is where 'The Farm's' early UK Visitor members first landed, to EIRE (Southern Ireland) and finally onto 'the continent'.

 The thing about life folks is, to understand anything properly, you've got to do it. SO.
 JUNTAWATCH did, in fairly big style. I gave up pretty much any chance left of Going to University, or straightening out and finding a job and hit the road, to Join the Farm.

 We've all got our issues, I admit my own foibles to myself. My weaknesses. Hindsight is a fine thing but history and the WALDEN studies nonetheless inforums us (oh, I like that, in-forums) that The maximum functional size of any 'intentional community' is 300 persons. It just doesn't work beyond that. The farm is no longer the community it was, it's a business co-op sporting a number of high profile and very successful industries in Printing, Electronics and Vegan/Veggie Food production. I think it should continue. I have a little contact with them. Very little.

 Again that's a great photo. Gaskin produced a Great Book in Hardback documenting his times in Korea as a Marine/Medic and which documented, as I remember in less 'stoned' style his experiences upto that point ...
Very Readable. I have no idea what it was called but it's appeal was to the American Public, I think, who had witnessed the emergence of this extraordinary hippy phenomenon.

 You had to be very strong to function on the Farm, for any length of time. To anyone with mild to moderate childhood bereavement emotional problems, say, the experience would seem as an absolute gut wrenching psychological Acid Trip nightmare because literally, Vietnam veterans just returned from 'The Nam' and yet now senior member of the community, married with kids et al, would want to literally interrogate visitors as to their intentions ... I mean; there was no politeness, no formality ... It could be brutal to someone who didn't expect it.

 Oh and by the way. GUNS!? Guns on The Farm?

 — Turn up at the gate (The Farm Gate) brandishing your rifle or sidearm, some real heavy burly dudes at 'the gate' would, if you wished to continue on in, ask for your weapons and these would immediately continue their way down to the foundry where they'd be smelted down. No, I mean every time without exception and if you wanted a fight, they'd probably kick your ass all the way back to the State-Line.

 What is the point of telling people this? Is is so that UTAH · PRISM can categorize us better, their projections more complete, if that's how they work? It's history that's all, just what once happened when American hippies reached a kind of precipice, and were faced with jumping off and dying as so many demon infested goats or getting sane and doing the right thing. The rest is history. I didn't miss it. I participated, to the degree, a twenty yr-old son of the Military Industrial Complex can without going round-the-bend.

 Would I do it all again? You'd have to be kidding, right!
 - This is the internet, where so much is said and so very little done ... Sorry!
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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2014, 08:44:04 AM »
 As per the FBI and Intel Agencies' interest in all this:

 There's plenty to read on the web but The FBI did blacklist Leaders of the The Farm for surveillance, and had them followed for years.
 
 I personally sat in a 'Monday Night Class' equivalent meeting when Gaskin did his speaking tour of Britain.
 There were Plain Clothes Special Branch sitting right in the middle of the table and chaired meeting hall.

 Their job, was as usual, just to sit there looking shady, never speak or move. Always overweight, would be classified Obese these days, real bad BMI. In Ireland we got unmarked helicopters buzzing us which turned out to be the local police working with other unidentifieds.

 This stuff was a major threat which brings me back to how the Mainstream hippies, Joplin, Hendrix
 etc, those I call the decadents, are still to this day venerated as idols and heroes of the 70's whilst 'The Farm' I have never heard mentioned once anywhere in the UK Press or UK broadcast media.

 The Challenge of 'continuity' was a byword for illegality providing 'The Services' just more opportunities and excuses for surveillance.

 That's never gone away, let's face it. Then you could tangibly see and feel, almost smell the Bacon.

 Now with Tempora · GCHQ · Prism · NSA eavesdroppers, it's suggested they're always listening.

 I guess the threat of hippies getting high without Pharmacy permission still poses a Global Challenge.
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« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2014, 11:23:31 AM »

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New York City had Club 54, and San Francisco had the Trident. David Crosby called the Trident, "Ground Zero for Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll!" 

Robin Williams worked there as a bus boy. Janis Joplin had her own table when she came in. Clint Eastwood and Sonny Barger (head of the Hell's Angels) hung out regularly at the bar.  In 1972 and 1975, after their concerts, the Rolling Stones held  private parties at the Trident that were thrown by Bill Graham. This is just the tip of the iceburg. There are many stories here. All surprisingly true!

Now Robin Williams is dead by "suicide" .... I had seen him many times at the comedy clubs in the 80's when I was a stringer for BAM magazine ...  People were smoking pot and doing coke in the bathrooms and at times on the bar counters and people were constantly offing Williams sniffs on there great stuff ... Williams was generally manic, I assume for years...  He really liked the stoned out crowds for the easy laughs ...

As soon as he got the success plus the money, he bought an old mansion above Cliff House in the exclusive "sea cliff" section:


http://www.iamnotastalker.com/2008/04/23/police-doubt-fire/



The next stop on our SF stalking tour was Robin William’s house, located in the Sea Cliff area of San Francisco. Robin purchased the home in 1991 and lived there with his wife, Marsha, and their children, for the past 17 years. Apparently the house was the site of numerous fund raisers and events hosted by Robin and his wife over the years and was THE place to trick-or-treat in San Francisco. Sadly, Marsha filed for divorce from Robin this past March. You can’t feel too bad for Robin, though, as he pulled a Jude Law back in 1988, when he left his then wife for Marsha, who was his son’s nanny!

Robin’s house is a HUGE pink palace (according to Zillow the place is a whopping 9,310 square feet!) complete with a dinosaur topiary. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a pic of the dinosaur, though, as most of it is hidden behind a large wall. Robin also has an ornate depiction of the comedy/tragedy mask above his front door, which, being an actress, I thought was very cool! I might need to get me one of those for good luck!

http://www.streetadvisor.com/sea-cliff-san-francisco-san-francisco-county-california

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Beverly Hills North

     If egalitarian San Francisco has one elitist holdout, it is Sea Cliff. This enclave for the wealthy and renown, though by no means terribly rich or even hugely famous, is a solid, substantial parcel barely half-a-mile square. Though it has some impressive mansions, splendid piles perched on cliffs overlooking the Golden Gate, it also has a reputation for privacy and discretion. Most San Franciscans have heard of Sea Cliff, and although they are free to walk its streets and sidewalks, few have the means to live here, so it has become a kind of well-kept secret. And although some of its streets and homes look like Beverly Hills North, with manicured yards and incongruous palm trees swaying in the fog, there is little to suggest that residents here would call the cops simply because you look suspiciously like you don’t actually belong here.

The houses are an eclectic mixed bag, most of them vaguely Spanish colonial revival (orange terra cotta roofs and pastel stucco walls are pretty much the rule here), with a French chateau or Georgian manor thrown in here and there, and a 1960s modern plunked down less felicitously amid the curving blocks. As if to say “look at me,” a few of the more ostentatious homes along El Camino Del Mar and Sea Cliff Avenue have no trees or other greenery blocking them from the street (though this might be for the sake of unobstructed ocean views, too). One or two estates on a couple of blocks sit behind walls that keep curious eyes from prying too much, but there’s a remarkable openness about the neighborhood as well, especially if you’re on foot and simply stroll the various streets, marveling at the diverse architectural styles and materials as well as the sheer engineering feats some of the homes on the steep cliffs above the sea required to be built in the first place.

Part of the peace and quiet is owing to the city law prohibiting tour buses and vans on most streets in the area. Though few people actually come here looking to gawk, a number do come seeking to find out what Sharon Stone’s former mansion looks like, what kind of fancy digs Robin Williams lived in, and how San Francisco native Kirk Hammett of Metallica might have spent his off-tour hours. Few neighbors offer much information beyond a shrug or a smile, so it keeps the curious guessing.
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Re: Hippie Archeology
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2015, 02:19:40 PM »
not posted in a while here ...
http://www.classicposters.com/Bill_Graham/BG0-BG50

http://www.classicposters.com/Bill_Graham/BG51-BG100
Bill Graham Posters 

http://rockarchaeology101.blogspot.com/2010/05/initial-shock-performance-list-1967-69.html
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Initial Shock Performance List 1967-69 (Work In Progress)
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The Initial Shock were one of many bands who moved to San Francisco in 1967, but were more or less alone insofar as having been the only band who moved from Montana. Apparently the group was from Missoula, MT and featured members of local groups The Chosen Few and Mojos Mark IV, and at least one member was assigned to an Air Force base in the area. When the Air Force commitment was over, the band decided to move to San Francisco to be where the action was.



December 19, 1967-January 15, 1968: Northwest Holiday Tour
 Ross Hannan found a remarkable ad in the Berkeley Barb of December 22, 1967, announcing that the Initial Shock would be returning to San Francisco on January 16, "After 28 Consecutive One Night Stands."
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUFUM07WGyE
The Initial Shock - I Once Asked (1967)
You've Been A Long Time Comin' / I Once Asked

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXEUIMV1i0w
The Initial Shock - Mind Disaster (1968)
Mind Disaster / It's Not Easy
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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2016, 03:41:02 AM »
LSD Might Make You More Creative

While studies into LSD still face stigmas, in the past several years, scientists have found potential small-scale, fascinating effects on perplexing regions of health, including addiction, depression and terminal cancer. Studies have also taken on the drug’s cognitive repercussions; “You don’t recognize yourself as a separate being from the universe,” as one study’s co-author told TIME in 2015.


http://time.com/4463136/lsd-research-creativity-depression/
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« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2016, 11:06:23 AM »
Right - microdosing LSD is being reinvestigated ... ( fyi - I've updated the missing photos in the thread ... )

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/psychedelic-microdosing-research_us_569525afe4b09dbb4bac9db8
Everything You Wanted To Know About Microdosing (But Were Afraid To Ask)
A leading psychedelic researcher explains what’s really behind the trend.
01/13/2016 04:41 pm ET

Long before microdosing was being touted as the Silicon Valley life hack du jour, Dr. James Fadiman was investigating the potential mind-enhancing effects of ingesting psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin, more commonly known as magic mushrooms. 

In the 1960s, Fadiman conducted pioneering psychedelic research, including one study in which he gave LSD and another hallucinogen, Mescaline, to scientists, mathematicians and architects to see how it affected creative problem-solving. (His research was one of the last investigations into LSD due to the Food and Drug Administration’s mid-1960s research ban of the substance.)

More recently, Fadiman authored “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide,” a how-to manual for safe and therapeutic psychedelic drug experiences.

Now, his research has taken a new turn.
...

“What it seems to do is rebalance people,” Fadiman told The Huffington Post.
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« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2016, 11:43:51 AM »
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The following is a list of places where there exists a sizable hippy population, where there is tolerance towards hippies, where hippies are free to pursue their lifestyle with community support
.  Whether you're looking to visit or relocate, you can be sure there'll be places to stay, interesting things to see and do, and lots of other hippies in these places.  Please note, most of these were reader contributions! If you know of any other places to add to this list please write to us.

Check out our Communal Living Forum for more info on communes

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http://www.talesmaze.com/a-journey-into-the-mystic-world-of-hippie-communes-34-eye-opening-photos-of-americas-most-society-dropouts/
A journey into the Mystic world of Hippie Communes – 34 eye-opening photos [/b]of America’s most society Dropouts

Throughout the late 1960s and ’70s, a deep-seated social discontent developed among young people in the United States. These were men who’d been forced to fight a war they didn’t believe in only to return home to a country that didn’t want them. The country was filled with college graduates lacking any job prospects, young women who refused to lead their mothers’ lives, and the myth of an “equal” society that couldn’t seem to shake it’s nasty history of segregation and inequality.

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Taylor Camp was a tropical ocean-front utopia in Hawaii without rules, politics, or bills to pay



The commune was founded by 13 hippies who, tired of the Vietnam war and constant police brutality of the mainland, fled to this island paradise.  The commune got off to a rocky start when all members and their children were arrested for vagrancy

Taylor Camp was a sanctuary for Vietnam veterans who wanted to escape the stresses of ever day life

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One of the most interesting (and strangest) communes to come out of the 70s was the Source Family

The Source Family was the brainchild WWII vet turned martial arts expert turned Hollywood restauranteur turned spiritual leader, Ed Baker, or Father Yod, as he preferred to be called.

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The Source Family did not practice intentional poverty like members of the Farm. They were “entrepreneurial hippies,” and they opened the first vegetarian restaurant in Los Angeles.
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Father Yod died in a freak hand-gliding accident in 1977 in Hawaii. The Source Family fell apart soon after his death


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MS9H9lNzDU
Commune 2005 part 1

Published on Jul 10, 2015


Filmmaker Jonathan Berman examines communal living through the history and accomplishments of California's Black Bear Ranch, founded in the late 1960s.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7u8D5H1e6Y
Bring Your Own Doc - Hippies, Cults & Bank Robbers with Commune, & My Friend Pau Director Jonathan Berman 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6xeLuxXMRg
The Source Family Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Cult Documentary HD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABKupvqyWeU
YaHoWa 13 from the film "Revisiting 'Father' and the Source Family" on DVD
Uploaded on Mar 4, 2009

This excerpt contains several members of the Source Family discussing the formation of YaHoWa 13 and the band's meaning / intent. It was pulled from the film "Revisiting 'Father' and the Source Family", a 2 1/2 hour documentary tracing the history of the Source Family, Father Yod/Ya Ho Wha/the man formally known as Jim Baker. Going back to the Beatnik era of the late '50s when Baker ran a sandal shop in Hollywood it goes through the origins of the Family in Los Angeles in 1967 to the dispersal in the mid '70s. Many of the original members of the Family are interviewed and the new and extensive footage from the '70s is featured throughout. For anyone who has been fascinated by this mysterious cult/commune, this documentary should provide the answers to most questions and allow you to make up your own mind as to who Father Yod / Ya Ho Wha / Jim Baker was. 'A story that not even Hollywood could have scripted to be more entertaining.

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http://www.taylorcampkauai.com/
TAYLOR CAMP - The Film
Official website for the documentary film, "Taylor Camp," Living the '60s Dream. During the tumultuous sixties, hippies were looking for an escape. They found ...
http://www.taylorcampkauai.com/live/

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« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2016, 08:23:30 PM »
We thought we were government experiments, so we did many things that were out of the ordinary, and I guess we got away with many things and it reinforced our belief.
 
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« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2017, 11:20:37 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RSGeA2WpuE
First Bay Area Hippie Commune and the grateful dead ,jefferson airplane, janis joplin
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