The New York Public Library has a great little exhibit at the main building on Fifth Ave. called, “You Say You Want A Revolution” and it features some great protest literature. The show is in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival The 60s. The Library launched a system-wide exploration of the most influential elements of culture from 1960–74 and there is one segment that focuses on legalization efforts.
The free exhibition is curated by Isaac Gewirtz of NYPL’s Berg Collection of English and American Literature. It opened in Gottesman Exhibition Hall at the Library’s renowned 42nd Street Library on January 19, 2018, and will remain open to the public through September 1. Green Market Report is happy to report back to its readers some of the highlights.
The East Village Other or EVO. This cover is from 1969 and is a cartoon of hippies in the east village of New York City talking about the “Dope Famine of ’69.” The artist is Gilbert Shelton, who created the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy’s Cat.
This was a psychedelic poster showing the Disney characters of Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Goofy all smoking a pipe with bloodshot eyes.
This is a document from Timothy Leary describing his LSD experience in 1963 for the International Federation for Internal Freedom. He lists his occupation as Angel.
Legalization pioneer Steve De Angelo was a member of the Youth International Party also known as the “Yippies.” They were known for their street theatre and political pranks. Their flag was black with a red star and a marijuana leaf over it. This document was a festival creation memo.
This was a page from the original script for the movie Easy Rider. It was a landmark counter-culture film that explored hippies and drug use during a cross-country motorcycle trip. The actors really smoked marijuana during the filming of the movie instead of pretending. This page is from the last scene where the “cracker” characters decide to harass the bikers.