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Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

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November 29, 2018
Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

Two Books Reflect on Hip Communities in late 1960s and early 1970s Vancouver Ian Ridgway, Jim Brown, and Pat Ridgway, A Carpenter’s Tale: A Life (Elphinstone, B.C.: Deluxe Gypsy Books, 2017), 232 pages, large-format paperback, photographs, $30. Orders: patridge201@gmail.com. Jean Walton, Mudflat Dreaming: Waterfront Battles in 1970s Vancouver and the Squatters Who Fought Them...
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Five Thieves in Subtraction

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March 31, 2013

This long poem was written after an incident in a Vancouver China Town cafe in the early 1970s. It was during my Simon Fraser University days and four of my fellow students had persuaded me to join them for Chinese food. I had lived in the SFU dorms my first year at SFU and...
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South African Elvis – A Film Review

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November 1, 2012
South African Elvis – A Film Review

Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary directed by Malik Bendjelloul, 2012, 85 minutes Sometimes, maybe too much of the time, the music industry lets a great talent slip into oblivion, disappearing into the cracks and crinkles of rock n’ roll history never to be heard from again. That was the case with Sixto Rodriquez...
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San Francisco Days – A Travel Essay

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January 3, 2012
San Francisco Days – A Travel Essay

Sami Sunchild seemed discouraged as she looked out the front window of the Red Victorian, her “Living Peace Museum” on upper Haight St. in San Francisco. Bargain-priced T-shirts lined the window sill all of them emblazoned with Sami’s colourful versions of the peace symbol. Behind her posters shouting peace slogans adorned one wall. Outside,...
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Underground Times

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December 15, 2010
Underground Times

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;...
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