Friday, January 13, 2012

"Blowing Minds": A happening for the East Village Other

Initiated by poets, painters, artists, seers, perverts and prophets, it shared its pages with the likes of Buckminster Fuller, Timothy Leary, Robert Crumb, Ishmael Reed, Allen Ginsberg, Lenny Bruce, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Baba Ram Das, Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman – the conspiracy of the 1960s.

Like all culture receding quickly into the hazy and obscured past, the East Village Other is having a quick look in the rear-view mirror. From the press release:

The panel on Feb. 28, to be livecast on this site, is poised to feature some of the EVO’s greatest living treasures: Ed Sanders, Steven Heller, Claudia Dreifus, Dan Rattiner and two who still live in the neighborhood –- EVO editor Peter Leggieri and writer and activist Alex Gross.
Other neighborhood residents, illustrator and cartoonist Yossarian and writer Steve Kraus, have helped us locate and gather the far-flung EVO tribe. John McMillian, author of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America, will moderate.

More about McMillan's book, from a previous BellemeadeBooks post, is here.

If you'd like to contribute, the website adds: will also feature newly commissioned and republished pieces about the period from legendary EVO writers, artists (we’ve solicited a piece from R. Crumb), and thoughtful fans. If you’d like to contribute, please e-mail the editor of The Local. We’re seeking posts of 600 to 1,000 words.

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