Memories of Drop City: The First Hippie Commune of the 1960's and the Summer of Love

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iUniverse, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
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"Memories of Drop City" follows a group of people and their radical movement, in the Southwest and on both coasts, in a decade that shaped the rest of the century.

"John Curl's characters in "Memories of Drop City" aspire to be '100 years' ahead of the rest of us, but Curl shows, through his highly crafted and brilliant novelistic memoir, that they often succumb to the same social flaws as the rest of us. This might be the most balanced memoir or novel yet published about the Sixties."

Ishmael Reed, National Book Award nominee

"With this compelling evocation and portrayal of breathing people, John Curl unpacks the boxed lunch myth of America's alternative lifestyle Sixties, and restores the day to day flavor of a deeply fabled era still key to understanding the way we live (and don't live) now."

Al Young, poet laureate of California

""Memories of Drop City" is an extraordinary book which brings the Sixties back to life in vivid detail and conveys the spirit of the Sixties better than almost anything else I've read."

Gerald Nicosia, author of "Memory Babe "

""Memories of Drop City" brings vibrantly to light the flower children who returned to the land seeking peace and by that act were committing revolution. John Curl captures the idealism of a generation and their demonstrations against war in a revolution with a smile.."

Floyd Salas, author of "Tattoo the Wicked Cross "

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About the author (2006)

John Curl has been a member of Heartwood Cooperative Woodshop in Berkeley for over thirty years, and has belonged to numerous other cooperatives and collectives. His historical writings include the History of Work Cooperation in America (1980) and Memories of Drop City (2007), his memoir of the 1960s commune movement. He is a translator and biographer of Inca, Maya and Aztec poets in ANCIENT AMERICAN POETS (2006). His seven books of poetry include SCORCHED BIRTH, Columbus in the Bay of Pigs, and Decade: the 1990s. He is a longtime board member of PEN, chair of West Berkeley Artisans and Industrial Companies, a social activist, and has served as a city planning commissioner.

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