PRINT November 1985


ONCE UPON A TIME, in a state of mind galaxies away, the cosmic karma of a million Jesus-haired rebels sank into the fertile mud of Yasgur’s farm, and, fed by the proteins of a psychedelic sunshine, combusted in a spontaneous generation to grow the wild flowers of the Woodstock Nation. Today, the culture of that peculiar epoch is being entered in our history as "the ’60s’ It is the latest fetish object in our epic of national nostalgias. As the mass media begin to focus their attention on the craze for the decade’s sights, styles, and sounds, the hype industry is being calculatedly specific in its choices of how to recreate the period.

History is inevitably written by the victors, so it makes sense that a vast amount of the social debate that marked the ’60s has shifted. We have found a way to sell the nonmaterialist togetherness of Woodstock through a sterile fashion for the filth of

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