A Timeline of the Counter-Culture, by Judith Goldsmith


To 1960



On these pages, you will find a work-in-progress
which is a timeline of significant events
for baby boomers, bohemians, beatnicks, and
hippies, focusing especially on the sixties.
"Signifcant" so far means it was significant
to me, when I was a sixties hippie, and
my hippie friends. I started putting together
this timeline because I was trying to write
about the sixties, and I had to remind
myself of what happened when. Then I kept
going on into the seventies and eighties,
following the reverberations from the sixties,
which I believe are still happening.
Then I got interested in how things started
and went back and read about the history of
Bohemia, and all those dates are now included.
My reading of all this led to some delightful
insights on how themes echo through the ages.

It's sad how little the counterculture knows of its own history. Saul Landau bemoans the fact that, while in Europe students learn the history of recent struggles from those who lived through them, in the U.S. every new freshman college class, for instance, has no idea how recently the liberties it enjoys - co-ed living, free speech, and to be politically active, etc. - were won, and what it took to accomplish this.

The timeline has gaps all over the place, and details I have not yet fully checked out. I'm sure it has all kinds of personal biases, including being biased much more to the U.S. and to the white middle-class than it should be. Help fix it. Make suggestions. (Please note: the terms "negro" and "Indian" have been used until the date when substitutes for these terms were proposed. Also, I've been very understated about the punk movement and Gen X, mostly because, if I get into those in detail, I'll never finish, but also, after all, because I was a sixties person. If you think there are crucial dates/events from those cultures that this has to have, let me know, but really, someone who is familiar with them should do another whole timeline for them. Somebody please do. We need chroniclers in this culture.)

I hereby copyright this work, in case I ever find a publisher for it. But you may download it, copy it, and GIVE it to friends, as long as no money is ever exchanged for it. Like Bruce Sterling says, you don't own it, it's just passing through you. Have fun, and bury me in e-mail about what you think should be included or changed. This could become a collective memory if we all participate.

Please send your e-mail to my account at: mareev (at) well (dot) com and put "Timeline" in your e-mail title, so I'll be easily able to sort it out. After all, I'm still trying to get a book written. :^)

Hello! This is my copy of a work done many years ago on the early internet days by mareev (at) well (dot) com.
I've had it posted here for many years as well, as I believe that certain themes carry on throughout history, and
documents such as this one should be studied carefully in order to bear witness to, and realize the extent to which
these themes continue into the present day, and how they have influenced and created the world conditions in
which we presently find ourselves.

Be the change you want to see!

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