chapters 13 - 16

Chapter 13

February-June 1967 - We make a pilgrimage to the Central Park Easter Be-In on March 26th. On June 1, we see the Grateful Dead play a free concert in Tompkins Square Park, half a block from my apartment.

Easter Be-In

1967 Central Park Easter Be-In.


Grateful Dead at Tompkins Square Park bandshell. I'm in there somewhere.







Photo credits - Easter Be-In, external link (November 21, 2018). Grateful Dead at Thompkins Square, external link (November 7, 2018). Keith, external link (February 22, 2018). Toni and David photos from author's collection.

Chapter 14

1967-68 - At 28 St Marks Place, tending store at Underground Uplift Unlimited, landmark button store and head shop a few doors over from Gem Spa.

Underground Uplift Unlimited

In front of the sign of the dollar bill, Underground Uplift Unlimited, 28 St Marks Place.

We Shall Overcome Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Typical buttons sold at Underground Uplift Unlimited.

Abbie & Anita Hoffman

28 St Marks Place upstairs neighbors Abbie and Anita Hoffman.

Randy Wicker

Randy Wicker, proprietor of Underground Uplift Unlimited, 28 St Marks Place.

Tuli Kupferberg

Tuli Kupferberg, frequent UUU customer, poet and member of the Fugs.

Valerie Solanas

Valerie Solanas, Society for Cutting Up Men, brought in SCUM Manifesto for us to sell. Shot Andy Warhol on June 3, 1968.

Photo credits - Teenyboppers, external link (January 12, 2018). Button images from external link (June 21, 2018, no longer online). Hoffmans, external link (February 26, 2018). Randy Wicker external link (March 27, 2018). Tuli Kupferberg, external link (March 27, 2018). Valerie Solanas, external link (March 27, 2018).

Chapter 15

1968-69 - Around the time of the first manned lunar landing, my poem appears in the hardcover poetry anthology from Doubleday.


The Writing on the Wall, Walter Lowenfels, editor. Hardcover, Doubleday, July 1969. ISBN 0385017448.

Credit - external link (July 1, 2018).

Chapter 16

1970-72 - Out of Haight-Ashbury and into the Mission. There is a five-year rent strike. Was there also a mystical experience?

SF Victorian

South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 1969.

SF Victorian

The Victorian's back stairs, San Francisco 1969.

Credit - Photos from author's collection.