Counterculture

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Take Note by Julia Bosson
Joan Didion 01

Unchanging times, in Joan Didion’s South and West

Ozark Millennials by Michelle Hogmire
Erika Carter 01

Disaffected drifting in Erika Carter’s Lucky You

Trees, Grass, & Collectivist Rock by Clinton Krute
Träd, Gräs och Stenar 01

Träd, Gräs och Stenar and the democratizing power of the riff.

Andrew Blauvelt’s Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia by Clinton Krute
Hippie Modernism Bomb 02

What began as an art project with the overt purpose of confronting and confounding “straight” society ended up as something resembling a pro football game for people on psychedelics, and nearly as profitable.

V. Vale by Karlynne Ejercito
V Vale 1

“Everything goes, whatever. You know that word ‘whatever’—whenever that started coming in, about twenty years ago? It’s like whatever-core—that’s where we’re at now.”

James Mackay’s Derek Jarman Super 8 by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Derek Jarman
I Can Give You Anything but Love: A Memoir by Gary Indiana

Things to remember better: Ferd Eggan entered my life in San Francisco in 1969, the year I dropped out of Berkeley. 

An Army of Lovers by Juliana Spahr & David Buuck

We work too hard
We’re too tired
to fall in love.

Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Magic Trip 1

Anya Jaremko-Greenwold on Magic Trip: a documentary pieced together from Ken Kesey’s original 16mm tapes of the Merry Pranksters’ drug-fueled journey across America in 1964.

Fred Tomaselli by David Shields
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Shields, author of the much-debated book on appropriation, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, used the epistolary method, via email, to discuss the influence of California’s counterculture on Tomaselli’s visionary paintings.

Harold Falckenberg and Peter Weibel’s Paul Thek: Artist’s Artist by Nick Stillman
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Officially Paul Thek died in 1988, but really he died twice.

Chris Metzier and Jeff Springer’s Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea by Williams Cole
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Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea is a darkly comedic documentary about a little known body of water found in the strange inland environs to the east of LA. 

Doug Ashford by Steve Kurtz
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An artists on artists text on Painter Doug Ashford by Steve Kurtz, accompanied by several paintings by Doug Ashford, the first titled War Is Over.

Josephine Meckseper by John Reed
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After a failed race for a US Senate seat, photographer Josephine Meckseper reemerges with a series of candid snapshots paired with staged images that interrogate the histories of protest and counterculture.

 Raymond Pettibon by Grady T. Turner
Raymond Pettibon 01

Raymond Pettibon found his calling as an artist at about the same time punk hit Los Angeles in 1978.

Larry Clark by David Schulz
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Irvine Welsh by Jenifer Berman
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Irvine Welsh has been coined as the acid house badboy of Scotland. He also happens to write like a sonovabitch, a term he’d appreciate. Writer Jenifer Berman and Welsh discuss class allegiance, class betrayal, and “trainspotting” among the muckers.

Luscious Jackson by Lynn Geller
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From the street to the charts: post-feminist, all-female rock group Luscious Jackson on their influences, band democracy, and distaste for toxic people.

Nan Goldin by Stephen Westfall
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Nan Goldin’s photography never fails to entice, shining with her trademark sensuality and tenderness. She spoke with Stephen Westfall for BOMB in 1991.

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