Communal living in the 60’s was embraced as a lifestyle choice in order to enjoy the countercultural ideals of returning to agrarian roots from the industrial, eschewing money for barter, and the importance of the group over the individual. Every commune was different: some were deeply religious communities while others were completely secular. Drug use was allowed or encouraged on some hippie communes and forbidden on others. Some were strictly self-sufficient agrarian societies, but other communes participated in capitalism by owning businesses. There was no "one-size fits all" model, and over time, each hippie commune developed its own culture, rules, and personality over time.
For this panel, we’ve brought together a select group of former commune residents: Maura McCoy and Noelle Jan Barton, who are producing a documentary, Olompali, A Hippie Odyssey, about Olompali’s Chosen Family commune; Larry Otis, another former Olompali resident, is a musician and songwriter, and has played for Ike and Tina Turner, Billy C. Farlow, Motown and Bobby Womack; Alexandra Hart, who lived at Morning Star Ranch during its first summer and is the author of Native Funk & Flash: An Emerging Folk Art; and Peter Coyote, who is a famous actor, author, director, screenwriter and narrator of films, theatre, television and audiobooks, one of the founders of the Diggers and actor and writer for the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Coyote spent time at the Olema, Black Bear Ranch, Forest Knolls, Trinidad, and Salmon Creek communes. Two of Coyote’s books will be for sale at this event, and he will be available to sign copies.
Our moderator for this panel will be Roland Jacopetti, radio host for Sonoma Spotlight and Something Completely Different on KRCB. Jacopetti is a former resident of Morning Star Ranch.
The RECEPTION begins at 6:00pm, the TALK begins at 6:30pm.
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