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
Photos That Embrace Life on the Fringe
John Francis Peters documents travelers seeking a life beyond the systems and institutions that have failed them.
in memoriam: anthony bourdain
Anthony Bourdain Took Food Media from Proper to Punk
Bourdain saw in food what the Stooges and the Ramones saw in music: that it could be an outlet for misfits.
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.
The 2017 Music Issue
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.
Meet the Free-Loving Folks Behind Hippiedom In This Out-of-Sight Exhibit
Framed around the Summer of Love, this multimedia exhibit makes hippiedom relevant again.
The Photographer Who Inspired "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."
A Former Crass Member Looks Back on 50 Years of Counterculture
We spoke to artist and former Crass member Gee Vaucher ahead of her retrospective show.
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."
How an Iconic Zine's Indecency Trial Exposed a Web of Police Corruption
In 1970, the counterculture magazine OZ got a load of school kids to edit an issue full of naked women and ads for sex toys, which didn't go down too well with the Met's Obscene Publication Squad.
Britain at Night
The New State of British Nightlife
Over half of British nightclubs have closed in the past ten years. This week, VICE UK and Thump will look at the causes surrounding the closures and what has changed in English nightlife over the past decade.
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.