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Title: 'Go to the forest and move': 1960s American rock music as electronic pastoral
Authors: Ingram, DA
Keywords: Counterculture;Natural world;Ecology;Rock music;Whole Earth Catalog;ecosystems
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: University of Birmingham
Citation: Forty-Ninth Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of American Studies, 2006, 20 pp. 1 - 16
Abstract: In his song ‘Hijack’ (1970), the Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner demanded “free minds, free dope, free bodies, free music.” Expressed in this way, the preoccupations of the 1960s counterculture were largely humanist and anthropocentric. Yet allied to these concerns was a mystical view of the natural world, bordering on pantheism, which anticipated the more biocentric ecological concerns associated with the deep ecology movement of the 1970s. ‘Flower power’ was a Romantic desire to return to what was perceived as a simpler, more natural form of social life, based on the communal patterns of pre-modern, tribal societies. The rock music associated with the hippy counterculture was integral to this newly emerging subculture of radical environmentalism. Indeed, several of the leading figures in the sixties rock scene went on to become environmental activists in the decades that followed. Joe McDonald became involved in animal rights and whale conservation; after two decades of environmental activism in his own locality, Ed Sanders of the Fugs founded the Woodstock Journal in 1995 with his wife, the writer and painter Miriam R. Sanders; Stewart Brand, former member of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, founded the Whole Earth Catalog in the fall of 1968, and in 1996 became a founder member of the Long Now Foundation, an organisation = dedicated to promoting long-term thinking about the future of global ecosystems.
ISSN: 1753-5794
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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