New York Weighs In

When one considers the 'Psychedelic Sixties,' San Francisco most

often comes to mind, but New York also had a highly active and influential artistic psychedelic scene. Andy Warhol and his cohorts at his famous Factory were defining and creating "Pop Art," breaking down barriers between art and everyday life, at the same time Bob Dylan was forging blues, country, folk, and rock music with a poetic sensibility that would influence most forms of popular music in the coming decade. Ed Sanders pushed every known limit with his obscenely-named underground press, his similarly-titled magazine, and his musical group, the Fugs, and he, along with countless other former Beats, easily moved into the evolving hippie scene. Although the urban grittiness of New York was not conducive to a Love-In or an Acid Test on the beach, there were marches, demonstrations, underground newspapers, and alternative musical groups that provided a grounding intelligence that countered the often superficial and fanciful idealism of the San Francisco experiment.

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