Filmmaker Jerry Abrams, had the fortune of being at the 1967 Be In. Some of his footage from the event is being screened at the Whitney Museum in New York City this summer. That summer he produced the light show at the Monterrey Pop Festival.
Jerry came to Project Artaud with Cinema Workshop in the early 1970’s. He filmed the performance of famous Russian dissident poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, with Lawrence Ferlinghetti in Theater Artaud in 1972. He also shot an Artaud group film that featured some of the early residents. Some of Jerry’s films are distributed by Canyon Cinema, one of the first distributors of art films in America. Tom got a lot of his films from them.
Link to the Whitney screening schedule and a listing of highlights.
A few lightlights from the list…
* “Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In” takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with the Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding
Company, and with appearances by Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary.
* The Doors release their debut album in the U.S.
* First London issue of the Australian underground magazine Oz
* Tens of thousands of people attend a “be-in” in Central Park, New York
* Expo 67 opens in Montreal
* Gray Line Bus Company offers a “San Francisco Haight-Ashbury Hippie Hop
* Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrate against the Vietnam War at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
* “14-Hour Technicolour Dream” concert and fundraiser for IT (International Times) held at Alexandra Palace in London
* The Grateful Dead’s eponymous first studio album released
* The BBC bans the Beatles’s “A Day in the Life” for its “drug references.”
* The Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.
* Monterey International Pop Festival held in California with performances by Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Who, among others
* The Beatles perform “All You Need is Love” on a global television broadcast
* Mick Jagger and Keith Richards convicted on drug charges.
* Paul McCartney publicly admits taking LSD
* “Legalise Pot” full-page advertisement in the London Times, signed by the four Beatles, Graham Greene, Richard Hamilton, R.D. Laing, and others
* Time magazine cover story: “The Hippies: Philosophy of a Subculture”
* First issue of Rolling Stone published in San Francisco
* Demonstrations in New York as part of “Stop the Draft Week”
* Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical debuts in New York
* Mock funeral held for “Hippie, devoted son of the mass media,” in San
* Youth International Party (Yippies) founded by Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krasner, and Jerry Rubin
* First issue of R. Crumb’s Zap becomes a catalyst for underground “comix” movemement.