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The 1960s in America: Counterculture

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Communal Living

Haight Ashbury

Haight Ashbury in the Sixties! [2-disc CD-ROM] 1995.
"A documentary and interactive time capsule about the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the 1960's. It contains Allen Cohen's "The Rise & Fall of the Haight-Ashbury", articles, poetry, and artwork from "The San Francisco Oracle", photos, video clips, and music by The Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother with Janis Joplin...Also included is "Drop Out", an interactive game for 1-6 players."


Berkeley in the Sixties. Kirchell Films, 2002. "Present a history of Berkeley, California during the 1960's through interviews with students, activists, and use or archival news footage."


Hippyland Archives
Eclectic group of documents and images from the period of the 1960s-1970s.
Produced by Lou Reda Productions for the History Channel, 2007.
"The film describes what happened during the 1960s and the effects of the Hippie "counter-culture" on American society right up to the present time. "


The Roots of the 1960s Communal Revival
Timothy Miller. American Studies 33(2), Fall 1992, pp.73-93.
The Farm
Founded in 1971 on 6 square miles in south central Tennessee, The Farm is still home to approximately 200 persons today.
Intentional Communiites
The collections on communes at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst Special Collections. Includes a digitized documentary (ca 1973) for the Brotherhood of the Spirit, "the largest commune in the United States," and the digitized New Babylon Times/Green Mountain Post, the countercultural literary magazine produced by members of the Montague Farm commune.
Drop City
"Often cited as the first rural commune of the 1960s, Drop City was an experimental community on the plains of Southern Colorado that blended practices of art, architecture, and resourceful living in ways that came to define a global counterculture...This video clip features three of the early residents of Drop City: JoAnn Bernofsky, Gene Bernofsky and Clark Richert."


Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music
Directed by Michael Wadleigh. Burbank Calif., Warner Home Video, 1997.
Restored director's cut. "This documentary film captures the unique communal experience and many of the performances of the most famous of outdoor rock concerts performed during three days at Bethel, New York." Available?
Woodstock: The Oral History.
Joel Makower. New York, Doubleday, 1989. Available?
Life at Woodstock, 1969
Photographs from Life coverage of Woodstock.

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