Page 4 mind ana musid CLASSICAL HEADS CAS 1008 The nature of the revolutionary mind in music is unchanging. Music with the power to move is timeless. U.S. conductor JOSEPH EGER pioneered mixed-media concerts in Britain with The Nice at Plumpton, Fairfield Halls, and Festival Hall. Here he returns to his classical root, and takes a fresh and individual look at a personal selection with JOHN NEVILLE, AMBROSIAN SINGERS, SINFONIA OF LONDON. MEDITATION CAS 1009 Harry Edwards writes: 'Gordon Turner's system of meditation was taught by him at summer schools to Healers from all over the world and was received with enthusiasm. 'It consists of a series of simple mental exercises which are designed to release tensions and free the inner mind to a closer attunement with the Source of all Being...... 'I hope that for many people this record will open up new dimensions of spiritual awareness' GORDON TURNER-'A system of meditation by three-fold jattunement'. Album and 12-page booklet. DlTST ,GOH1X>N TpRNKK j..»K'd&»miiffi"m*.T kmnmtyntia.nt manufactured and d istributed by B&C RECORDS LTD,37SOHOSQ LONDON Wl I IT/80, June 5-18, 1970., I ALTERNATIVl! Long hair and a freaky glint are now prerequisites for a quick hitch across the USA, and the 'strights' are being left by the wayside. A coast to coast 'underground highway' of turned on kids has sprung up along Route 66 and other major roads to provide food, shelter, even grass to itin- erant 'freaks'. Even in such reactionary dust bowls as Amarillo, Texas 'Easy Rider' bummers are kept to a minimum by local heads who take fellow travelers into their homes and out of the clutches of the local pigs. IT/80, June 5-18, 1970. And if the parental homes of an entire generation are suddenly being vacated a host of Communes, Free Universities, and other social innovations are beg- inning to lay down serious alternative's . In this article I shall describe people and places visited during two hot sunny April weeks in and around San Francisco, but a quick skip around the mid west and .east indicates that what is taking place iin the bay area is a foretaste of an explod- ing Counter Culture, throughout the land. The COPS COMMUNE is a third gener- ation commune. Its members live in several rented houses in Oakland and also run a ranch, The Black Bear, located in Northern California. I use the term 'third generation' to indicate that the people who formed the COPS are experienced communards, nearly all having lived on other communes during the past few years. The first generation of these was probably a haphazard affair, perhaps not much more than a crash pad, and which lasted no "more than 2-4 months. Second generation communes are slightly better organised for the survival of their members and tend to stay toget- her 6-16 months before breaking up. Third generation communes are .those which have lasted for at least two years. Urban - rural branching characterizes many of the larger and experienced communes. It is a key feature in the expansion of communal life in California. The rural branch may be just a patch of ground off some dirt road, or a well organised ranch. Each provides a place to raise crops, take a break from the urban chaos, tent out, etc. The communal farms have created the basis of an under- ground agrarian economy in as much as the different communes give and/ or trade goods and services with each other. During April the COPS obtained an old truck which they were in the process of fixing up for use on a seaweed run. Their idea was to go to the beaches to collect seaweed which would then be distributed among the communes for use as an organic fertilizer. But the communards are not just on a fertilizer trip, they have also been organ- ising an inter commune communication network. One manifestation of this is a multicoloured newsletter, KALIFLOWER, distributed free to communes in the area. Moreover, one of the people I met at COPS an old friend from New York's lower east side, was in the process of teaching himself midwifery, in order to provide free groovy obstetrical care. The issue of obstretics is an important one when you consider the average SFrisco hospital charges $ 1000 for a delivery that occurs in an extremely alienated manner, to say the least. Natural childbirth is not sanctioned by the AMA (American Medical Association) money grubbers. LIFESTYLES The many communes about SFrisco come and stay together for a variety of reasons - drugs, a leader, an issue such as ecology or revolution, and so that people can live and act together. COPS is a political commune. Although it is not the commune's immediate intention to organise demonstrations or storm pig headquarters, COPS people have a pro- found awareness of the social/political implications of their work. Last year the commune ran an elaborate print shop , until it was suddenly knocked out by a mysterious fire. At the moment they have obtained ano- ther small photolitho press and some members are busily printing up leaflets and posters for the movement. But most significantly, their political third eye includes an understanding of the necessity for an organised system of intra—and inter—communal defense. COPS itself is so large that its people live in at least three different houses in Oakland alone. (There may have been others, but I didn't get a chance to visit them.) For their own protection people explained that they were thinldng of utilizing a self defense system that was similar to that developed by the Viet Cong to protect ttfeir villages. Commune houses would be grouped in five's. Four houses would be situated as at the four points of a square. A larger and central supply and communications commune would then be located at about the center of the square. Should any of the outlying houses be attacked, the communards could retreat to the other places. These would therefore form a strong defensive perimeter, to be used for sustained defense or counter attack. Aside from locating their houses in such a way, people did not detail other aspects of their defense strategy. Perhaps it had not progressed much further. But the fact that the commune members were thinking along such lines was an impressive example of the seriousness with which these people take their work, if not their lives. A major feature of the work of the COPS Commune is a FREE BAKERY. This bakery was opened in March in a rented store in Oakland (a flat above serves as another communal base camp and their printing shop is next door.) The Commune expends a huge amount of time and energy in keeping the bread baking and on its way to other communes and groups such as the Black Panthers as well as neighborhood youngsters. COPS first got the idea of opening a bak- ery when they heard that another ¦commune had been given a large amount of baking equipment, but which was not being used. All the stuff had been stashed away out in the open and the equipment including a large baking oven, was just rusting to death. So COPS decided to get the material, fix it up, and make free bread. What better way to expend one's energies, especially given the not so sym- bolic equation, bread = money. How did the other commune get the baking equipment in the first place? According to the story I was told, not so long ago there lived a young baker in Oak- land who slowly, but definitely, was feeling more and more fed up with his life as the years rolled on. One day, early in the morning, whilst making a batch of strawberry tarts, he made the definative break with his past. Having asked himself the question, why am I, on such a fine day as this, cooped up in this hot room, put- ting bits of strawberry into pieces of dough, and, not finding a suitable answer, the baker decided to chuck the job and have some fun. He then ripped off his clothes and went for a swim in a large vat of strawberry jam. While preoccupied with this adventure he almost didn't hear an elderly lady enter the front of his shopto buy some tarts. When they finally saw each other, she screamed and ran out of the store. He, not realizing why the woman screamed, got up and started to Page 5 IN THE USA run after her. But in doing so, he fell over a batch of flour. Again getting up off the floor, and still not taking cog- nizance of his appearance, he ran into the streets, naked, covered with jam and flour. Our friend, the freaked bakei', simply wanted to catch the woman and explain that everything was OK. Well, he never g6t in his explanation, because before long, he was apprehended by the fuzz and taken to the local bughouse. There he decided that he had had enough of baking, especially if women as the one who had screamed didn't appreciate him, and he donated all his equipment to the commune. After the COPS people got a hold of all the baker's stuff, they had to spend nearly six months refurbishing the oven and other material. The oven, ten feet long, five feet high, and six feet wide, was completely stripped down and relined with asbestos. What a mammoth task! In addition, the commune had to find a place to bake. After a lot of hastle, the COPS managed to rent a then decrepid store which had once been used as a bakery, and fix it up to city standards, much to the annoyance of the building inspectors who continued to hastle the commune people almost till the day the bakery, gleaming with freshly painted walls and clean floors, was opened. I spent an afternoon helping to bake some very turned on bread. And a hard afternoon's work it was! The dough is tough and has to be kneaded for at least an hour to get it into baking shape. The bake room has a twelve foot long table around which maybe twenty very beautiful cats andchicks stood kneading bread, drinking wine or beer, talking, having fun. Occasionally some neigh- borhood kids would come in and have a go as kneaders too. When the dough was ready, we placed it in army surplus pans or better yet, into two pound coffee tins. These allowed the bread to rise more evenly. Then we placed the pans and tins into a metal closet to allow the dough to set before it entered the oven. Great smells emanated from the oven as the bread baked. And people flocked around the oven on the grand occasion of the opening of the oven doors to taste the freshly baked bread. Made with orange rinds and other goodies, the bread tasted great by itself, or spread with butter. COPS commune bakes three days a week. At other times they allow other communes or groups to use the oven and bake for themselves. This operation was just getting started at the time of my visit. The commune gets the ingredients for the break by donations from friendly folk, and other more artful means. But the commune is dissatisfied with store bought goods, such as flour, because they are processed so that many of the vital ingredients are eliminated. COPS. people look forward to obtaining, per- haps even making, their own milling machine. Then they will mill their own wheat grown by themselves on their farm, or obtained from the farms of nearby communes. But COPS is only one of many commun- es organized to provide essential services for the bay community. Over in San Francisco the local paper, the San Francisco Good Times,is put together by a news- paper collective, with both the news- paper and those who get it together living and working out of a large house in the center of the city. Other communes help to provide free medical care, and some even serve as freak out centers where the damaged products of the 'Great Society' can come for R & R (rest and recovery). On the Free U front, many groups are operating in and around SFrisco. Some are about to get started, others are expand- ing aijd adding additional centers of operatiSn. San Francisco has atleast two large Free U's, Heliotrope and the Free City Univ- ersity. There are many smaller nursery groups and even a free secondary school about to open. In Berkeley, across the bay, the Free U of Berkeley has been raising a full head of steam for several years. At the moment it is faced with a million dollar law suit for some reason that was never made clear to me. So folks are re-organizing themselves next quarter as the New Free U of Berkeley and will be taking new premises. Too bad. Their present building, a converted church, is pleasant and conveniently located. But in Berkeley, the campus, itself, is the main attraction — a sight so far out that it can only be 'where it's at'. The action center is the square in front of Sproug Hall, the student union building. Think of a hundred Living Theatre Troups gathered together at the market- place at Marrekesh, Morocco, and you will get some idea of what the scene is like. What an incredible level of freakiness, but, perhaps, only to some London hick, as myself, five years away from the States, seven from Berkeley. There is nothing that cannot be seen, heard, bought, sold or acted upon at this Marrekesh West. All manner of huckster, dancer, actor and actress parade their wares in front of the multitudes. All sorts of foods and "slogans to be tasted, if not digested. Dwarfs, giants, ROTC freaks, armed panthers, brown berets, black berets, pigs, dogs, cats, even some straight students move hectically back and forth across the square. I didn't see any snake charmers, but lots of snakes, and quite a few charmers, their bodies even more beautiful, and elegantly displayed, than ever before. Big event of the day, among many big events, took place in the large gym- nasium of Sproug Hall where students in the hundreds were registering for courses at a Counter University of by Joseph Berke Berkeley, set up within the walls of the U of Berkeley itself. Hundreds of courses were available, including one by Professor Herbert Marcuse. The organizers of the Counter U approached Marcuse and asked him whether he would give up his professorship at U of California at San Diego in order to become a full time professor at the Countej University. He agreed, on the proyisc'that the students provide a reason- able salary, which was agreed at between $ 12 - 15,000. Since then the students have set out to raise this money and have almost succeeded. They are quite elated at the possibility of Marcuse teaching at their Counter U, for they feel that the fact that Marcuse and others as well are prepared to vacate the state universities is really beginning to catch on, and work. South of San Francisco, in and around Standford, the State's largest and most successful Free U continues to expand and provide a counter educational treat for the hoardes of dissatisfied kids who flock to Palo Alto from across the nation. I refer to the MIDPEN1NSULA FREE' UNIVERSITY, located on the famous road first cut by the Spanish back in the ' 1800's, El Camino Real. Aside from courses, the MFU folk run a large printing press, putting out their own catalogue as well as a fine magazine, THE FREE YOU, 50 multicoloured McLuhanesque pages chock full of news and views, not only of the MFU, but also of goings'on in the entire bay area. THE FREE YOU is a great example of what folks at a Free U can do together. Get yourself a copy and see for yourself. Write to: THE FREE YOU, 1061 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, California, USA'. Across the country I met up with many like minded groups, not perhaps at a stage of development as advanced as in Calif- ornia, but rapidly coming close. In Wash- ington, D.C. there are dozens of communes, some of which tantalize the pigs by hang- ing their banners on flag poles not far from embassy row. All over people have gotten tired of talk, talk, talk and are in the mood to act. The word is 'DO IT', for oneself, for one's friends, for the ecology, for the common survival of us all.