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Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

Virgil Partch

I just finished reading this great book on cartoonist Virgil Partch, who defined cartoon weirdness for several decades.




The book revealed that Partch was a great joker in real life as well. He and some buddies founded the Balboa Island Sculling and Punting Society, which was an excuse to putter around the marina, freak out the squares and get drunk. Not satisfied with those activities however, they aimed higher. First they decided to take a "boat ride" from their West Coast hangout to Las Vegas. How? By putting a boat on a truck and riding inside the craft while being driven across the desert.

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Then they decided to take a train to Catalina Island, by a similar expedient.

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Here's a fuller account of their exploits.

Posted By: Paul - Mon May 19, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Comics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950s

Flowertown, USA, by Altergott

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Be sure to check out the new ongoing strip by WU's own Rick Altergott, at VICE magazine.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 07, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Sexuality, Weird Universe, Comics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Wimps, Milquetoasts and Cowards

Maggie Estep





Maggie Estep, recently deceased.

Your opinions solicited. Many more videos on YouTube if you need 'em.

NOTE: second video contains one f-bomb.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 14, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Performance Art, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

The Backwards Multilingual Singing Career of Jeanette

Because the USA market for music is so huge, singers from other countries are always trying to break in, abandoning their native languages for English.

Maurice Chevalier. Charles Aznavour. Julio Iglesias. Shakira. The list goes on and on.

What's stranger is someone who abandons a career singing in native English to become a star abroad.

Such was the case of Jeanette.

Born in the UK and raised in America, she tried to be a folkie.



But failing that, she moved to Europe and became a great success, singing mostly in Spanish.



Of course, looking like a beautiful flower child didn't hurt!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 22, 2013 - Comments (10)
Category: Languages, Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s, 1970s, Europe, North America

Adam Purple, Urban Gardener

Info from wikipedia:
Adam Purple is an activist and urban Edenist or "Guerrilla Garderner" famous in New York City from the seventies to the present day. His name at birth was David Wilkie, though he's gone by many others, including the Rev. Les Ego. He is often considered the godfather of the urban gardening movement, and his "Garden of Eden" was a well-known garden on the Lower East Side of Manhattan until it was demolished after considerable controversy, extending from the Koch Administration through the Dinkins Administration by then mayor Rudolph Giuliani...
The image of Adam Purple familiar to New Yorkers in the seventies and eighties was of a man wearing at least one article of purple clothing, and with a thick graying beard, riding a bicycle through Manhattan streets and scooping up manure left by hansom cab horses, which he used to fertilize his urban garden.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 23, 2013 - Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

Harmonium in California

Harmonium in California by Robert Fortier, National Film Board of Canada



A short documentary about earnest French-Canadian folk rockers from the 1970s? It's better than Spinal Tap, eh?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 01, 2013 - Comments (1)
Category: Documentaries, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970s, North America

Jesus, the Original Hipster

In an effort to make Jesus more appealing to young audiences, the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn recently came up with a new ad campaign that identifies Jesus as "the original hipster." Maybe I don't fully understand the word 'hipster,' but I didn't think it was necessarily a compliment to call someone that. [theweek.com]

Posted By: Alex - Mon May 13, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Religion, Advertising, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

Guitar with Char



Who knew Japan boasted such guitar wizards? A weird disjunction with the common conception of "J-pop."

The fellow in the black tee-shirt, who appears to be the host of this show, is Char. The guest in the black leather is Rolly Teranishi. There's about a dozen other episodes of Char's show on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 21, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Asia

Birth of the Transistor Radio



Who could have predicted that the technology above would lead to the result below?

A useful reminder for Apple as they attempt to deliver a wristband computer--with what unpredictable results and uses, we shall ultimately find out!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 09, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Music, Technology, Television, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950s, 1960s

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