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50 Years Ago: The Summer of Love Brings Pot, Protests and Psychedelic Rock to the East Village

Tompkins Square Park
(Photo: James Jowers)

“As the hour grew late and working people around Tompkins Square Park began turning out the lights on Memorial Day 1967, police asked several hundred music lovers to turn down the volume of a guitar-and-bongo concert in the park,” reported the New York Daily News. “The crowd’s reply … was a barrage of bottles, bricks and fists that left seven officers injured.

“And thus began the Summer of Love.”

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Ed Sanders Had a Fuggin Amazing 75th Birthday

Sanders performs Fugs songs. (Photo: Gina Murrell/@GinaMurrell1)

Sanders performs Fugs songs. (Photo: Gina Murrell/@GinaMurrell1)

Last night at Bowery Poetry Club, friends of counterculture icon Ed Sanders marked his 75th birthday by lauding him variously as a journalist, an investigative poet, a utopian anarchist, the co-founder of The Fugs and publisher of Fuck You: a Magazine of the Arts, and the intellectual who opened the Peace Eye Bookstore off of Tompkins Square Park in the 1960s.
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