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Canada's Flower-Child Revolutionaries
Verzuh, Ron. Underground Times: Canada’s Flower-Child Revolutionaries (Toronto: Deneau Publishing, 1989).
The Age of Aquarius was dawning. A radical, rebellious and sometimes illegal phenomenon was demanding attention – and getting it. Springing up everywhere, like a communal kick in the face to the Establishment, were ‘alternative’ or ‘underground’ newspapers proclaiming freedom and declaring war – freedom for a new generation of idealists, heroes and hippies; and war on the police, politicians, parents and everything made of plastic except Frisbees.
Battles were fought, arrests made, charges laid, and the long arm of the law clamped down. “Freedom of speech” ws temporarily hung out to dry.
Over time, the underground newspapers won the war – they survived, publishing with renewed vigour from caost to coast. But then the Sixties rolled quietly into the Seventies…
Something had changed. By the mid-Seventies none of the original underground newspapers was still being published. The boundless energy and racy style that had characterized these operations were gone,
Are there any survivors of an age that took no prisoners? What happened to the counterculure of the Sixties and does it exist today? Underground Times examines all of these questions and traces the changing face of underground rags from their flower-power inception to today’s yuppie-fueled journals.
The Moroccan Camel Saddle Caper
The ground hog had stayed snowed under that year and the last blustery days of winter dogged Ottawans unable to make the pricey jaunt south for a week of sunshine in the Caribean. Even the Hari Krishnas, whose jingly bells and monotone mantras were usually a sure sign of spring, had opted to hibernate for a while longer. Spring breakup would come a month later and, although he didn’t know it, by then Tony Seed’s life would have changed completely. It was March 1968.