American eccentric Adam Purple died last week, at the age of 84. The NY Times says he collapsed on the walkway of the Williamsburg Bridge. We've
some of his achievements here on WU. He's most famous as the "original hipster" and a "Guerrilla Gardener" who created a "Garden of Eden" on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Some of his other life details, from the
NY Times obit
He used many aliases throughout his life, including Rev. Les Ego, John Peter Zenger 2nd, and General Zen of the Headquarters Intergalactic of Psychic Police of Uranus. He produced hundreds of copies of a tiny book called “Zentences!” that was meant to encourage meditation. He "renounced the internal combustion engine." "Because of his abhorrence of waste, he salvaged and repurposed everything he could, including empty glass bottles, rusty nails and even buckets of lost tennis balls found on the street."
Imagine the courage of that Rev, to actually speak with "members of the cult." He should have gone undercover, with a "hippy wig" makeover, as in the second video.
is over. But you can still savor that era with lots of videos such as these two.
Is that the actress's real voice?
cartoonist Gill Fox
were still alive, so I could ask him what constituted an "Establishment coloring book."
"Multi-instrumentalist" was the term for
Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
But generally the term does not refer to