The Sympowwowsium



In October [1969], several prominent figures within the counterculture and festival scene, including Ken Kesey and Woodstock promoter Michael Lang, gathered in New Mexico for a socalled “Sympowwowsium.” Robert Santelli, author of Aquarius Rising: The Rock Festival Years,
claims that, with the explosive popularity of summer music festivals, and fresh off Woodstock,
those gathered sought an answer to the burning question within the counterculture: “What Comes
After Woodstock?” Santelli writes, “The group was unanimous in its feeling that the rock festival was a potent force in the continuation of the counterculture and should be used to further advocate alternative life-styles, aside from presenting the newest sounds in rock music.”39 These
gathered individuals, as well as hundreds of thousands of countercultural youth spread throughout the country, were eager to bring the Nation back together once again


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Apparently, ROLLING STONE #49 had a piece on this historic conference, but I can't find digital access to it. I'd love to know more about this conference of hippie movers and shakers.

     Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 08, 2021
     Category: Music | Conferences, Conventions, Meetings and Symposia | Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers | 1960s





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Don't worry about it, Paul. As with most things of the hippie era, they were too stoned to follow up on the idea.
Posted by KDP on 02/08/21 at 07:40 AM
What? Was there an idea?
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 02/08/21 at 08:29 AM
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