Janis Joplin seemed destined to experience and contribute to the full measure of the sixties…for better or worse. While doing research for my next crime novel, Don’t Stop the Music, I unearthed some rather interesting anecdotes. Soon after leaving the University of Texas (where she was misunderstood and voted “Ugliest Man on Campus”) she embarked on a music career and hooked up with Big Brother and the Holding Company as well as the Grateful Dead. They all lived together in Lagunitas up north in Marin County in 1965. The following year, Big Brother and Janis broke out of the local scene and were introduced to the world at the Monterey Pop Festival. While this propelled them onto center stage, their living arrangement reportedly introduced Janis to hardcore drug use. (more…)
The Human Be-In was a Haight Ashbury event in Golden Gate Park in January of 1967, announcing the upcoming Summer of Love. This is the setting for the beginning of my next historical crime novel, Don’t Stop the Music. At the time I lived in the Haight and witnessed first hand the counterculture movement. We were angry at the status quo, rejecting the illegal war in Vietnam, segregation, and the middle-class morality.
Human Be-In, A Brief History:
The Human Be-In got its name from combining humanist values with the scores of sit-ins at college campuses and southern lunch counters. The event was announced as a gathering of tribes to protest a new California law banning the use of the psychedelic drug LSD that had been put into effect the previous year. (more…)