Summer 1967, NYC, six stories up, barefoot and dosing


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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

11 thoughts on “Summer 1967, NYC, six stories up, barefoot and dosing

  1. Ronald “Galahad” Johnson was supposedly one of the guys who turned Ed Sanders’ Peace Eye Bookstore at 147 Avenue A into a hippie crash pad in the spring of 1967, when Sanders was too busy with The Fugs to keep it open.

    This photo is a good illustration of how unhinged things were getting on the Lower East Side at that point. Four months after it was taken, Galahad’s friend and collaborator James “Groovy” Hutchinson was beaten to death – along with a girl from a rich Connecticut family – just a few blocks away. The coverage of the murders in the Times suggests that scene pretty quickly became squalid and dangerous …

  2. Me(Shakespere), Galahad and Groovy started the commune on 11th st after we left the Peace Eye.
    Seeing that photo of Galhad is mind blowing!! WOW

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