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Month: April 2017

An Open Letter to the Governor


There’s a student strike, a ‘massive arrest’ of American hippies in Mazatlan, Mexico, an apparent effort to ease the minds of those who really did see the UFOs of the 60’s, and the demonstration against the outrageous pricing of shows at the Cheetah. All on this Front Page of the LA Freep.

But… the story most applicable, we think, to today’s events is on Page 2. So, while the remainder of the strike story is there, your attention should, perhaps, go first to that Open Letter to the Governor in the righthand-corner. And when it does, you should take out ‘Governor Reagan’ of California and read in, instead, ‘Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’. Another guy just racing to commit a string of executions.
His urgency? Well, there was the coming expiration of the ‘use by’ date on the lethal drugs (didn’t want that money to go to waste – even if the drug manufacturer itself was objecting to that particular use of its product), then there were the possibility of appeals – no one wants to get all dressed up for a party and then have it called off and, of course, he didn’t want the chance at making history to just go by – 2 killings a night, and back-to-back at that! Hell, that DOES beat Reagan’s record – at least for expediency on a week by week basis – for goodness’ sake.

(Not familiar with Reagan’s push to get SIXTY executions done, one after another? You can write us for our articles on that.)

Now, surely, in the spirit of this article, we don’t want to leave you ‘hanging’ for what then went down at the Cheetah:
Humble Harve proudly presented – appropriately enough – the Grateful Dead, and also the Yellow Balloon, and the New Generation.
The very cool ad is posted at our FB LAFPMusic Page, and then is followed by one for another ‘happening’ on the very same weekend! …for which I want to give a shout-out to The Factory, Barry McGuire, Hearts & Flowers, Canned Heat, and all the others in that advert who have ‘Friended’ our page over these many years. Thank you all 🙂

Black Nationalists Attempt Seizure of Spring Mobilization Peace March


Had you thought that the tactics of Black Lives Matter were new to this century?
Or did you really think that they were from way back in the last one (meaning the 1900’s)?

Well, here’s a tactical play in 1967… which splits the difference at a mid-century, 50-year mark.

See any similarity between this and jumping up on stage when Bernie was about to speak, or as other kinds of rallies were to begin? We didn’t see it in the newspapers… unless we pulled out these old editions of the LA Free Press.

While this was on ‘Page 6’ – another reminder of the last-century – there is another article in the issue about this event. Here are some quick take-aways from that …
*It, too, speaks of the San Francisco scene, but to be clear, the main ‘staging area’ of the event was in New York City. When its 300,000 anti-war protestors gathered there, they became the largest demonstration ever in U.S. history! Surprisingly(?), though, the ‘national wire services’ reported a cross-country crowd of less than 150,000 (hmmm…was that more or less than the turnout for the last inauguration?).
*So, in San Fran, Quicksilver Messenger Service band was the band, hippie fashions were the fashion.
But then…for the March… people were ‘categorized’ (who knew then from the word ‘profiled’?) into ‘black people, ‘religious organizers’, ‘business and professionals’…really?
*The Kezar Stadium over-flowed, meaning that more than 62,000 seats were occupied (vs. mainstream reports of only 20,000 folks in the ‘parade’).
*SF’s finest… the Longshoremen… were locked and loaded.
*And… the whole affair, according to our Reporter, was a… “complete failure”. Why? Because 3 hours of ‘motivation’ deoes not make for ‘mobilization’.
***It’s a lesson not to be forgotten at this new point in time… when war is, once again, in the air of Spring.

(Ya know what? I should probably add that you can see part of that article when you look at our other special ’50-year Throwback’ – our LAFPMusic’ Facebook Page. We’ve posted it there ’cause, right below the article, is an advert for the dance ‘this’ weekend featuring, what was then, up-and-coming bands – LOVE, the Chambers Brothers, and Iron Butterfly.

Zen Someone (Joan Baez) Did Something Right



Sure, on this 50-Year Throwback the Zen comes first… as it’s the Front Page story.

And, too, it’s done by our good friend Peter Bergman.

Peter was not just the guy doing Radio Free Oz, not just the guy in Firesign Theatre.

PETER was the guy who coined the term ‘Love-In’ (and we, the LA Free Press, were the guys who put that first event together!)

Was THAT a Birthday, or what?

Stuck on that last question? Then it’s time you took a moment to read the article.

And what about our headline today – Zen Someone (Joan Baez) Did Something Right? Well, as it ‘just happens’, when you flip to the second page of the first article… there’s a date-appropriate Tax Day Surprise! Actually, a heroic act of Joan’s… you’ll see the small article on that, which, eventually, had large consequences.

Now, talking about surprises, you’ll want to check out our LAFPMusic page tomorrow (Elliot) for that Canned Heat, Grateful Dead and, yes, Jefferson Airplane gig that I mentioned was coming up. And, for you, Douglas, not only did I, indeed, find one for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (with all bandmates pictured!), but they’re on ‘tonight’!! (So I posted it today… you can see it right now at that LAFPMusic FB Page.)

And, as always, all requests over there are welcome 🙂

Hennacy Not Lunacy


Translation? Peace Not War.

This LA FP Front Page presents principles and actions that helped us stop the war that seemed never to end.
But, as we know, there’s always another one beginning. And always a reason to participate.
Syria, North Korea? Here they are, here we go.

How could we not join The War to End All Wars, how can we not stop the deadly gassing of children, or the megalomania of a leader armed with a nuclear bomb? Philosophy meets facts… and comes away wanting practical solutions.
Look to the past, which, at this point is from today (our time, 2017) to ‘today’ (1967) and, do you see, that when we chose our leaders, our job is still far from done? When our choice is good, step up and make things better. And when we choose poorly, or find we have not had a choice, with good forethought, resist courageously.
And, decide, too, who else needs our help.