Tag Archives: 1960′s

Living Together

In keeping with my recent posts about the 1960′s and the San Francisco Diggers in particular, I wanted to finish off with the last chapter in their story. After bringing their brand of world-remaking to the Haight, the Digggers joined with a number of other groups to drop out in a big way. Together, they [...]

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Dig The Diggers

Adding to my recent posts about San Francisco in the 1960′s, I think it’s important to look at the hippies themselves — who were all these long-haired freaks? The question matters for anyone interested in understanding where more recent counter-cultural movements have come from, and it’s one that reveals surprising answers, offering deep, novel veins [...]

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Joe Nolan’s Paradise

Here is the premiere of the new video for my song “Paradise.” Conceived, directed and edited from public domain footage found at Archive.org, “Paradise” combines images of San Francisco in 1941 with shots from the city captured in 1968 during that era’s counter-cultural revolution. The video takes the song’s declarative chorus as a jumping-off point [...]

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The Who, The Mods and Quadrophenia at 40

For those readers who are unfamiliar with Mod culture, let’s begin with the Wiki: Mod (from modernist) is a subculture that originated in London, England, in the late 1950s and peaked in the early to mid-1960s. Significant elements of the mod subculture include fashion (often tailor-made suits); music, including African American soul, Jamaican ska, British [...]

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The Crazy World of Mondo Hollywood

I just uncovered this forgotten gem at Snag Films and it’s obviously a perfect film for Insomnia. I started to write some comments, but the words at the Snag site had me laughing so hard that I’m just going to lift them directly. Here’s skinny on the flick from Snag Films: The underground cult classic [...]

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Michael McClure Reads Poetry to Lions

I’ve written about 2nd generation Beat poet Michael McClure on this here slate of light before. McClure joined up with Ginsberg and Kerouac when the New Yorkers made their way to San Fransisco, setting off a poetry renaissance and a worldwide youth movement upon arrival. It’s easy to look back at the ’60′s with rainbow-colored [...]

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