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1967 Easter Sunday be-in... "Summer of Love"...

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March 30, 1967

THE VILLAGE VOICE, Greenwich Village, New York, March 30, 1967

* Central Park be-in - "Summer of Love" beginning
* Hippies - counterculture - Easter Sunday love

The front page has a heading: "Central Park Rite Is Medieval Pageant" with lead-in: "Be-In, Be-in, Being" with 3 related photos. Three full page pictorials inside. (see images)
source: Jim Steinman: The Be-In began at dawn. Sheep Meadow. Central Park. Not many around then, but enough to be promising. Everything seemed blessed from the beginning. The sunrise seemed to inhale and hold its breath, until about noon, so that thousands could arrive with a new day, and not after it. A fantastic prolonged morning. Then, by about 2:00, bright, warm sunlight all over. More people swarm in. By sunset, there are 10,000 there. A few thousand more bandied about the various parts of the park at various times. Jellybean ecstasy. Balloon epiphanies. Banana Crusades. Soft wind worship. The password is LOVE.
I suspect this to be an extremely rare item because their was really no reason to save it at the time.
It is worth noting that "The Village Voice" was an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly. Founded in 1955, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City.
Complete with 48 pages, tabloid-size, one crease across the center, nice condition.

wikipedia notes: During 1968, the Peace Rally and the Easter Be-In were combined into a single event. In April, about 90,000 people ranging from veterans to religious groups to African Americans to Puerto Ricans to women groups to labor groups to students gathered at Sheep Meadow. Amongst the speakers at this particular demonstration was Coretta Scott King who spoke in place of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., who had been assassinated two weeks earlier. In her speech she said: "The inter-relatedness of domestic and foreign affairs is no longer questioned". The Village Voice described the crowd as apathetic and said there was a feeling that this had all been done before.

Provenance note: This issue comes from The Village Voice's own archives, part of their in-house collection used to create their digital archive. Rare as such.

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Category: The 20th Century