COUNTER CULTURE CHRONICLES

Dutch writer and poet Hans Plomp was born in Amsterdam in 1944. After having read Dutch Language and Literature and having briefly held a position as a Dutch teacher, Plomp dropped out to become an active member of the Dutch Provos and to turn to writing in the mid-1960s. His first novel, De Ondertrouw, was published in 1968. In the 1960s and 1970s Plomp developed into one of the Dutch pioneers of psychedelia and experimented extensively with LSD and other mind-altering drugs, experiments which he would later…
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Joel Oppenheimer (1930-88) was an American poet and newspaper columnist. Originally from Yonkers, NY, Oppenheimer was briefly educated at Cornell University and the University of Chicago before enrolling in 1950 at Black Mountain College, where he studied with poet Charles Olson. He left Black Mountain in 1953 without having taken a degree and settled in New York to work at a print shop while continuing to write poetry. His first publications were ‘The Dancer’ (1951), ‘The Dutiful Son’ (1956), ‘The Love Bit and Other Poems’…
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“Jazz is my religion and surrealism my point of view” was the motto of American poet, artist and trumpeter Ted Joans (1928-2003). The cassette Jazz Poems, published earlier this year by Counter Culture…
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Fred Wright (1940-2012) was born and raised in Mattoon, Illinois and lived for many years in a trailer in the mountains of Southern California. He left home at the age of 16 to serve four years with the…
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Artist and writer Fielding Dawson (1930-2002) was active in two of the American postwar avant-garde centres: Black Mountain College, North Carolina and New York. At the age of 8 Dawson’s parents moved…
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