counterculture

5.8.19

Punk Is in Trouble in Toronto After Closing Of Last Dedicated Underground Venue

Gentrification is making it harder to run dedicated venues, testing the resilience of a countercultural movement.

12.19.18

The Steady Rise of the Trippy Festival

Music festivals have always been the bedrock of psychedelic drug taking. Now psychedelic-themed festivals have reached a new high, as more people search for meaning away from their nine-to-five lives

8.23.18

Photos That Embrace Life on the Fringe

John Francis Peters documents travelers seeking a life beyond the systems and institutions that have failed them.

11.21.17

What Charles Manson Had in Common with the Alt-Right

Besides fear of black people and anxiety about the collapse of the white race, Manson and the modern far-right also shared fantasies about the future.

11.8.17

Wolfgang Tillmans Wants to Tell You About a Poly-Sexual Utopia

The artist and photographer is one of the most influential people in counterculture. A nod from Frank Ocean doesn't hurt, either.

12.3.16

The Photographer Who Documented the Merry Pranksters Before 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test'

A repress of Tom Wolfe's seminal book features rare manuscripts, photos, and more. We talked to Lawrence Schiller, whose photographs of the counterculture movement inspired Wolfe, about how the new text offers the "full picture of set and setting."

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11.13.16

The Trippy Life of the LSD Manufacturer Who ‘Helped Create the 60s’

Augustus Owsley Stanley III was the LSD chemist and audio maestro who not only created the Grateful Dead's "Wall of Sound" and inspired the band's dancing bear iconography, but also created the drugs that sparked the "spirit of that era."

6.18.15

What It’s Like to Experience Edmonton’s Annual Erotic Nightclub, Smut Cabaret, For the First Time

Inadvertently stumbling across everything from poetry readings to a human petting zoo at Edmonton's biggest, one-night-only-est nighttime performance art show-slash-sex club.

6.4.15

From Rave to Revolution: How Pop Music Has Changed the World

Journalist Matthew Collin's new book Pop Grenade traces the history of political pop in the 20th century, from Fela Kuti to Public Enemy to Pussy Riot.

12.22.14

'Haunted Technology': An Interview with Erik Davis, Scholar of the Weird

We talked about conspiracy theories, confronting the void, and modern-day magic.

12.16.14

The New English Library Was the Sleazy King of British Pulp Publishing

Punks, mods, Hells Angels, and corrupt cops all had their place in the cult 1970s publishing stable.

12.15.14

Mexican Mods Helped Reshape the Cartel-Ravaged City of Tijuana

Tijuana's mod scene might be tiny, but that hasn't stopped them from throwing parties every month or raising their kids to keep on carrying the torch.

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