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Category: Changing Society (page 2 of 3)

Acid Test Graduation Party


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There’s no question of what news in this week’s Throwback Thursday Issue of the LA Free Press deserves your attention – and that’s why the Victory of the Farm Workers is on its 50-year-old Front Page. That’s also the reason that we’ve put it into our A Unique Perspective section… so you can read it in its entirety AND make comment. Here’s how you get to that: http://losangelesfreepress.com/farm-workers-win-big-grape-victory/

That said… nothing says 60’s more than that sub-headline at the very top of the page – Ken Kesey’s ‘Acid Test’ except, maybe, ‘Is Love Obscene in S.F.?’. So, you’re getting both! The Article about the Acid Test (Graduation, as it turns out) is right here. And the other story is on the 2nd page of the article about the Farm Worker’s Victory (at the link given above). It’s just like the Ellen Show.

Now to those of you who might have a spare moment for contemplation… LSD is back, and micro-dosing has been said to have had a positive impact on those who need to think creatively – like those .com types up in Silicon Valley. Might LSD be beneficial for us, as well – teachers, philosophers, sci-fi writers, medical researchers, musicians, et al? Time to bring that Acid Test back?
(btw… if you’d like to know the history of how the Test arrived in LA and its evolution there, just let us know. The whole story is in the LA FP Archives.)

Let Freedom Ring! on this Throwback to May 13, 1966


M66M3H09501BWThis LA FP Front Page bristles with ‘anti-censorship’! First, there’s that ominous headline: ‘Last Chance At Savage Truth’. What’s that all about? It’s a full page on the Edward Kienholz Exhibition, what his art says, and who had what to say about him saying it or not.

In columns 2 and 3, under the headline ’60 UCLA Faculty Members Protest Club Registration’ is an article that actually promotes registration of a club; a stance against the club being classified by the Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach, under the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950. It’s the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs that are in the cross hairs, and it seems to be an effort to silence the swelling membership of anti-war protestors. For the record,the faculty members are not saying that they either support or protest the war, themselves, rather, importantly, that the freedom to protest should not be annihilated by such a tactic. If you would like to know more about the Club, Click HERE
(When you arrive to that link, Click ON the picture of the original LA FP page to read that original article. If you’ve a substantial comment, please send it onto us for publication consideration.)

In columns 4 and 5, the ‘Anti-Censorship Meeting Plans Permanent Group’ is the meeting that we told you, last week, was coming. It’s Members are an impressive group, and their purpose is also in the interest of on-going freedom of expression. Also along those lines, inside the Issue, we’ve an article on Andy Warhol… and his anti-all take on the culture of the times.
Here are the continuations of those Front page articles:
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Finally, as we usually do, here are some tidbits ~
*Front Page picture of Trina Robbins…not just a Beauty Queen, but possibly the true catalyst of the Underground Comix from a chance remark to Flo Steinberg in Stan Lee’s office. (We know you’ve heard of him, let’s us know if you want to hear more about these two, as well. Both went onto ‘comic careers’, and certainly some mention of the LA FP’s role in the genre should be made. Yeah, we can do that… maybe some of the covers featuring the Furry Freak Brothers, and so on. Up for that?)
*The Warhol article is by Paul Jay Robbins… someone who, apparently, appreciated many of Trina’s talents. To his own credit, not only did he write, but he bravely went where few other reporters did; back about a month ago (in 1966, of course) he actually took the Acid Test before reporting on it. btw… the LA FP is THE repository for the history of the Acid Test’s LA trip.
*The Kienholz article is by Jeanne Morgan… another LA FP Staff Member we should put on our Staff Page. So we will.
*Lawrence Lipton has more remarks on Ralph Ginzburg, and there’s an ad by The Committee to Protest Absurd Censorship in support of Ralph.
*There’s also an ad for a lecture by Dr. Timothy Leary.

Just 50 Years Later and… Guess What?


Here’s your LA Free Press Throwback Thursday Special for our April 15th Issue….
[Spoiler Alert – the link below goes to an article that might make you think that these counter-culture crazies… weren’t.]

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And the link is:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article71664882.html

Throwback Thursday… from 1966: LA Free Press Reports what Mainstream Ignores


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It was not just the ‘Internationally Important Art Exhibit’ that was ignored, but three potent speeches, as well. Here we present two of those – one by Master Sergeant Donald Duncan and another by writer Susan Sontag… see what wasn’t heard.,, by the public that thought it was being dutifully informed.
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