This past week saw visits by Tashi Shimada and his two associates from Japan (Kotaro and Moriyuki) working on research for a photo essay on the Angels of Light. I took them to the California Historical Society where they wanted to view the Free Print Shop and Kaliflower Collection. It was disappointing to see that the issues of Kaliflower (volume one) are out of order. For example, this page (below) is missing from Vol. 1/No. 34 so that anyone researching the Angels of Light would not be aware that the same issue had full page introductions for both the Cockettes and the Angels of Light. This is how Lost History Happens.
With all the talk about event planning (and permit applications, Commission refusals etc) for the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, it occurred to me that it might be interesting to look back at how the Diggers planned their street events. Here’s a Digger street sheet from 1967 that outlines an event for Haight Street on April 2, 1967: “Gentleness in the Pursuit of Extremity is no vice” and it’s the perfect encapsulation of Digger-Do.
[Hoping for 2,000 signatures by Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017]
The Diggers published a “virtual street sheet” on St. Valentine’s Day (2017) about the controversy involving the San Francisco Recreation & Park Commission’s denial of Boots Hughston’s request for a permit to hold a Free Summer of Love 50th Anniversary event in Golden Gate Park. Feel free to forward this new Digger sheet to anyone who might be interested.
Ashleigh Brilliant was a college professor who dropped out of the academic world after taking LSD in 1965. He moved to the Haight-Ashbury in Spring 1967 and took up a career as an itinerant troubadour. This is from a collection of his songs that he published later that year. The Digger song is one of two he devotes to them.
In the never-ending quest to find images from the early Digger days, here’s one I just found in a March, 1967 article from the University of San Francisco student newspaper.