- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Squarebooks; First Edition edition (September 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0916290816
- ISBN-13: 978-0916290818
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flashing on the Sixties Paperback – September, 2000
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Lisa Law has produced a book of depth, beauty and impact-she has captured the heart of the Sixties. -- Pubisher's Weekly, 1987
Lisa Laws wonderful photographs bring the Sixties back to me in all its chaotic vigor. -- Peter Coyote 1989
Sensational! -- Los Angeles Times 1987
About the Author
Because I was not a professional photographer but a participant of many of the events that stand out so well in the sixties, I was able to capture intimate moments behind the scenes of the movers and the shakers.. the icons of the Sixties, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Nico, Janis Joplin, Big Brother, and the Holding Company, Otis Redding, Tiny Tim, Timothy Leary, Dennis Hopper, Coretta Scott King, Andy Warhol, Harrison Ford, Cher, Peter Fonda.. and events like Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and the Human Be-In. Stories and interviews included give one a feeling that they were there sharing those special moments frozen in time. An introduction by Ram Dass lets the reader know how important this history is. Because of this book, the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian exhibited a show of 63 pieces of my work which you can see on line and they hold a permanent collection of 208 images for all time. If you wish you were there or you were, you will love this book. This is the fourth edition and the best of all.
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Top Customer Reviews
Lisa and her husband, Tom Law, lived in a mansion called the Castle near Los Angeles, that became a hangout for many well-known folks from that era, including Barry McGuire, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol and David Crosby. In this setting she took some wonderfully candid photos of these folks.
In Marin county, north of San Francisco Lisa met Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company. While living in the Bay Area, she became familiar with other movers and shakers, such as Bill Graham, Chet Helms, the Diggers, and was soon documenting the major events of those times: the Gathering of the Tribes, the Human Be-In, Vietnam War protests, etc. As the popularity of the music expanded to large outdoor festivals, such as the Monterey International Pop Festival, Lisa was there with her camera.
What makes this book so rewarding is that, along with all of the revealing images, Lisa tells her personal narrative in an intimate way that makes you feel part of her family. Not only this, but there are many quotes from other notable people who describe their perceptions of those tumultuous and influential times. Altogether, these elements really paint a vivid picture from the inside out.
In the late Sixties Lisa moved with her family to rural New Mexico, following the back-to-the-land impulse. Here she met Native Americans and other communal souls. Folks from the Hog Farm, including Wavy Gravy, joined them for a Love-In at Los Alamos. Later Ken Kesey and some Pranksters arrived in their bus, and giant bus race ensued. Eastern Indian meditation became a part of ritualistic practice. Then the Hog Farm was enlisted to handle security at Woodstock and Lisa helped organize the free-food kitchen.
The last photos document Lisa's growing family of four children back in New Mexico. She writes, "I experienced God on my hands and knees in the garden, not by going to church. My role as mother was to nurture, I had done that. I was doing it. I was a success in life. Isn't that what we are all looking for? Isn't that what it's all about?"
I found this wonderful book while researching other photographic books documenting the Sixties era, to compare them with one I had just published titled "San Francisco's Psychedelic Sixties: A Photographic Trip with Kelly Hart."
As Dennis hopper says....As some of us still are. This was a great Flash back, However, Having grown up in Southern Cal. 1965- 1966, I used to drive down to strip ( Sunset Strip) Hollywood on Friday Sat. night and there they were the Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas & the Papa's, The Byrds, Love, The Seeds, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, They would hang out with you & party with you, Smoke some good weed with you. People were alive back then, The streets were alive back then.
The Sixties didn't start in San Francisco like Carlos Santana once said, They started in LA. In 1965 & 1966 down on the strip was Pandora's Box, The Trip, The Whisky a Go Go, London Fog, Ben Franks, Circo's, It's Boss. The Clubs, The coffee shops where Beat niks, Poets, Artists, Hippies, Flower children hung out, it was a glorious time.
It was the most Musical, Mystical, Magical time in the history of man more then ever.
After the Riots on Sunset Strip in the latter part of 1966 the scene then moved up to San Francisco and in 1967 was the "Summer of Love."
For those of you who were there like myself, There is another film that really and truly captures the magic of the Sixties it's called "Echoes of the Sixties." It was narrated by John Ritter & Suzanne Sommers and Twiggy. It was never released on DVD and is very hard to get, But the good news is that it is available at the "Video Beat." This is just an awesome film and I'm getting goose bumps as I'm writing this, You have to see and feel the magic of this film.
The copy is not the best, but hey who gives a damn, Just to have the film is worth it.
People today still scratch their heads and are still lost as to what was the cause of the Sixties, What started it all? There is only one answer..."Government Manufactured Pharmaceutical Quality LSD."
It was Pharmaceutical quality LSD that altered individual & Collective Consciousness, However the Government themselves were going through Trail & Error, They were manufacturing doses anywhere from 350 Mics ( Micrograms ) to 500 and even 1000 mics....
Enough to "Cleanse the Doors of Perception."
So what does it do? It breaks down the "Rational Mind" that has been programmed and conditioned to resist "Conscience." And what is Conscience but an Internal Monitor implanted within each one of us by the supreme being, Conscience in those who have it is unequivocal it is the voice of God.
Hippies, Flower children went to parks to love one another ( Love-ins ) We loved our children, we didn't put beat them or put them in micro-wave ovens or throw them in trash cans. We were communicating with one another it was as if all of a sudden we were all tuned in to the same channel. That Love was greater than hate and Faith was greater than doubt. We helped one another and fed one another.
We learned that human life and human rights were more important than the old school system of...I come first you come second. that's why we called ourselves "The Counter Culture Generation." That Capitalism was evil, and that When Money and material things took precedence over human life it became evil.
Today we live in a sick world with sick people running it.
Note...There is no such thing as LSD anymore, whatever is out on the streets today I assure you is not LSD. Be careful what you put into God's Temple..."The Human form Divine."
Thank you Lisa Law for all you do for the Collective Subconscious.
Remember it is your birth right to be happy.
Peace, Love and Good Things
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