[sixties-l] Icon of radicalism finds official favor

From: radman (resist@best.com)
Date: Tue May 15 2001 - 04:35:35 EDT

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      Monday, May 14, 2001
      The Mercury News

    Icon of radicalism finds official favor

         (By Kim Vo, Mercury News)
         City Lights Bookstore, meeting place for anarchists and
         ``angelheaded hipsters,'' poor poets and a Czech president,
         is on a journey toward becoming, of all things, an official
         government treasure. San Francisco is preparing to confer
         landmark status on Lawrence Ferlinghetti's bookstore and
         publishing house, the one that shook 1950s America with its
         publication of Allen Ginsberg's ``Howl,'' the beat movement's
         seminal poem filled with sex, disillusionment and angry
         dreamers. With its cry against social conformity and call for
         spirituality, it was a cultural watershed. As musician Lou
         Reed told Rolling Stone magazine, ``Modern rock lyrics would
         be inconceivable without Ginsberg.''


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