Huerfano: A Memoir of Life in the Counterculture

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2006 - 352 pàgines
In the late 1960s, new age communes began springing up in the American Southwest with names like Drop City, New Buffalo, Lama Foundation, Morning Star, Reality Construction Company, and the Hog Farm. In the summer of 1969, Roberta Price, a recent college graduate, secured a grant to visit these communities and photographs them. When she and her lover David arrived at Libre in the Huerfano Valley of southern Colorado, they were so taken with what they found that they wanted to participate instead of observe. The following spring they married, dropped out of graduate school in up state New York, packed their belongings into a 1947 Chrysler Windsor Coupe, and moved to Libre, leaving family and academia behind. Huerfano is Price's captivating memoir of the seven years she spent in the Huerfano ("Orphan") Valley when it was a petrie dish of countercultural experiments. She and David joined with fellow baby boomers in learning to mix cement, strip logs, weave rugs, tan leather, grow marijuana, build houses, fix cars, give birth, and make cheese, beer, and furniture as well as poetry, art, music, and love. They built a house around a boulder high on a ridge overlooking the valley and made ends meet by growing their own food, selling homemade goods, and hiring themselves out as day laborers. Over time their collective ranks swelled to more than three hundred, only to diminish again, as, for many participants, the dream of a life of unbridled possibility gradually yieled to the hard realities of a life of voluntary poverty. Price tells her story with a clear, distinctive voice, documenting her experiences with photos as well as words. Placing her story in the larger context of the times, shedescribes her participation in the antiwar movement, the advent of the women's movement, and her encounters with such icons as Ken Kesey, Gary snyder, Abbie Hoffman, Stewart Brand, Allen Ginsburg, and Baba Ram Dass. At once comic, poignant, and above all honest, Huerfano recpatures the sense of affirmation and experimentation that fueled the counterculture without lapsing into nostalogic sentimentality on the one hand or cynicism on the other.
 

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Prologue November 2003
1
Shop Around April 1 1970
5
May Day May 7 1970
13
The Wedding Gang May 23 1970
19
Searching June 1970
31
Libre June 1969
39
The Way West June 2 1970
52
Libre Again June 4 1970
57
Easter April 8 1972
195
Brotherly Love June 15 1972
201
Woodstock Revisited August 10 1972
206
Julep May 1973
213
The Peach Run August 12 1973
219
Mr Wagleys Peaches August 18 1973
225
Homecoming August 1973
230
Cousin Carlene September 1973
234

Come Together June 5 1970
63
You Can Be in My Dream If I Can Be in Yours June 5 1970
72
Up on the Ridge June 24 1970
77
Food Stamps July 1 1970
85
Water Cool Water July 4 1970
96
The Time Capsule August 5 1970
101
Visitors September 2 1970
107
Heart Failure September 15 1970
112
The Libra Birthday Party October 8 1970
119
School Days October 12 1970
125
Pearl Harbor Day December 7 1970
132
The Physical January 11 1971
139
Sinbad February 1971
145
Miami March 15 1971
152
Here Comes the Sun April 1 1971
159
The Nature of Time May 1 1971
164
Lia May 15 1971
169
Change in Seasons August 15 1971
174
Gathering Together November 1971
180
Consciousness Raising April 1 1972
186
The Red Rocks October 1973
241
Horse Dreams December 24 1973
246
Biting the Bullet June 1974
252
Tricky Dick August 8 1974
260
Rufus September 1974
266
Me and Bobby McGee NovemberDecember 1974
272
Nick February 14 1975
278
Christine March 1975
283
The Bionic Dog April 1975
288
The Roundup September 1975
294
Aunt Mabel and the Owl August 1976
300
Donuts September 1976
306
More Big Birds October 1976
311
The Deerskin and the Dobie Pad June 1977
318
The King Is Dead August 1977
324
Beatniks in the Huerfano August 1977
328
Ram Dass and Holy Faith September 1977
340
Postlogue November 2004
346
Authors Note and Acknowledgments 353
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Sobre l'autor (2006)

Roberta Price is a freelance writer and practicing attorney, specializing in intellectual property rights. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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