counter culture chronicles

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  • timothy leary – the radicalization of timothy leary – counter culture chronicles

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    these recordings, released on a c-90 cassette as counter culture chronicles #4, focus on the period following leary’s escape from prison and flight to algeria with the help of the weather underground in 1970.

    the cassette contains a 1966 interview of timothy leary at the millbrook estate, a reaction to leary’s escape from prison and exile into algeria by leary’s friend and associate ram dass, a 1971 communique by black panther leader eldridge cleaver in which he distances himself from fellow-exile leary, plus a 1983 interview of leary following the publication of his autobiography ‘flashbacks’.

    inserted in the cassette box are a couple of militant quotes by both leary and cleaver from the algeria period. brains on fire and souls on ice.

  • jack keroauc – the northport tapes – counter culture chronicles

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    Counter Culture Chronicles has released on cassette a rare recording of Jack Kerouac at home in Northport, where he lived from 1958 to 1964. We hear Kerouac reading from his work while getting drunk and occasionally singing along with Frank Sinatra records that are being played in the background. Kerouac is clearly having a good time and takes the listener on a lucid deconstructionist trip, in which American popular culture is turned upside down and inside out. The recording covers the full 90 minutes of the cassette and is roughly cut, which adds to the directness and informal atmosphere of the material. Have a seat and get filled to the brim with Kerouac’s intoxicated mind. You won’t get up again.