|Hello. My name is Neill Kramer and I have
been discussing the idea of
creating a Hippie Museum with Alicia Bay Laurel, author of the book, Living
On The Earth.
Here's what I have written so far. If anyone wants to join in this
discussion, please add yourself to this egroup:
or send a message to email@example.com
Looking forward to your comments,
Hippie Museum --- Peace, Love, Learning
Mission: The Hippie Museum is dedicated to understanding and extending key
elements of the hippie movement that began in the 1960s. Some of those key
elements are: believing in peace and love as a transformative process both
personally and politically; self-sufficiency/ back-to-the-land; ingenuity in
architecture, fashion, and transportation; using music as a collective tool;
utilizing tolerance as a method of dealing with interpersonal relations. The
Hippie Museum and its associated web site, www.hippiemuseum.org, will
engage visitors with historical information and media, as well as ongoing
workshops, retreats, etc.
Description: The web site will be the driving force behind the definition
and ultimate construction of the actual museum. The sitešs development will
be an organic process, both in terms of content and in terms of the
mechanics of developing the museum. In other words, if we create a virtual
dome, yurt, octagon, or bus on the web site, and users migrate towards the
dome both in terms of web traffic and financial donations, then a priority
will be placed on getting the dome constructed before the other structures.
It will be the responsibility of the founders to initially define the
outlines for what the museum and the web site will contain.
Some ideas for now:
- hippie vehicles that have been restored to their former glory
- cool treehouses and other alternative shelters (teepees, octagons, domes)
- walkways between the vehicles and the shelters
- exhibits in the vehicles and shelters
- a main house that would allow for communal dining, a small theater, a gift
- a stage for live concerts, lectures, poetry readings, etc.
- organic gardens (for providing meals, education, etc.)
- workshops on music, food, healing, crafts, consciousness-raising, etc.
- kids activities that revolve around sixties art practices (pop-art, etc)
- artists in residence
- hot tubs or mineral hot spring pools
- an inn that could house folks when there's weekend or weeklong events
The ongoing role of the museum is not only to present the realm of the
hippie era in a fun and historically accurate way, but also to serve as a
resource center or clearinghouse for current hippie-related information and
activism. In addition, the idea of a museum should be redefined, in the same
way that the hippies redefined what Amercian youth was all about.
- Purchase the www.hippiemuseum.org domain. DONE.
- Place this description on newsgroups such as alt.gathering.rainbow,
rec.music.phish, rec.music.gdead and link to a dedicated email list for
interested parties to join.
- If there is sufficient interest (from newsgroups and free internet
promotions), start building the web site and continue to define what the
museum shall become.
- Create a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Ssee the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, Dharma Bums
refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and
therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they
didnšt really want anyway such as refrigerators, TV sets, cars, Sall of them
imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I
see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of
young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to
pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and
old girls happier, all of Oem Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that
happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and
also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to
everybody and to all living creatures.
--- Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums) 1958
I think we have to realize who the true enemies are & it's not husbands &
wives & families. It's the system that keeps both spouses killing themselves
on a teradmill to pay for commodities and services INVENTED by the power
elite to keep them dulled and ignorant and overworked, so they don't have the
energy to grok what's really happening - the corporate greed that is
polluting our environment, brainwashing our children, terrorizing and
exploiting third-world countries and making us dependent on "health care"
that doesn't care and prescription drugs that slowly kill - all for the
profit motive. We live in an age so subtly evil that it's breathtaking. Our
only defense is our awareness. As Alicia says - we have more influence than
we know. Our crazy generation of hippies have planted more seeds of freedom
and of consciousness that we can individually realize. That's why we're so
valuable to one another - to help one another pierce these heavy veils of
illusion that our culture is dishing out daily.
And hey - maybe with a little help from my friends - my Morningstar friends -
who knows? Maybe I'll get my juice back. It could happen!
so much for your groovy authorings! Living
On The Earth is fabulous,
I'll be saving my pennies to get a groovy Living
On The Earth t-shirt or three,
Stay groovy, hang ten & please keep on creatin'!
thanx again! a second generation fan!
|hey guess what we're all artifacts in the
Cosmic Hippie Museum! That
was really some good 'chit man! : ) Char ~*
and.........living breathing proof that >they< were wrong,
and also lying about: 'flashbacks' , birth defects or
disabling brain damage from daring to engage in acts
of spiritual self-discovery.
if >they< were lying then , not so now?
Live ^up^ to what you need to do and don't let the
downpressors steer you aside.
|Dear Angel Voice ~
I am blown away with your new cd. Your voice is so beautiful! Sister,
girlfriend you are truly a gift from heaven. We absolutely LOVE "Living
Hawaii Style". Wow! I don't know how to express to you how deep
my appreciation is for your music (and other talents). Thank you, thank you,
thank you! Ah! Wonderful! This cd was worth waiting for!
I was so touched, right away with your new cd that I had to fight the urge
to pick up the phone immediately to tell you. This cd will be a huge success
in Hawaii, for sure. And it is definitely a huge success here already!
Thank you muchly. I was so excited it was hard to go to sleep last
night. It was so good to see your website (www.fiberfanatics.com),
and then follow your links to Alicia Bay Laurel's diary pages ( what a
blast from the past...I had enjoyed her books years ago, and love her name!)
I live in Nth NSW, Australia, on a little farm. I make
jewelry, and loved to play with spinning, dying and
felting years ago. I am experimenting with felt again,
and really want to make some fantasy type "dolls" and
your book will be so helpful.....
Lately i have been making glass beads, thanks to the
You make such wonderful clothes and felty things. The
market looks great too.
A friend and I are having an exhibition next Spring.
This is a great motivator.I really needed some
motivation, and now I have so much....
AAAH, your home and garden are so beautiful...
I must not take any more of your time, thanks again,
I am inspired by your simple tools for living. Sark reccomended your site in her book Eat Mangos Naked,so I came. I like your music. There's a deep place,thats what I call it. I know you know what I mean. It's the sacred that is essential. Its also hard to describe if it's not an experiential encounter! This deep place in me is nourished by your simple songs and that's worth more then complexity in some ways. I enjoy complexity sometimes,also. I didn't read your book. It sounds as though it might be full of directions I might procrastinate from and then feel bad about procrastinating from. Its nourishing to me to speak my truth. I've been practising that.
I am learning about living in a way that supports contact with this deep,sacred place. I call my room in my home my womb-room since thats what I try to allow for myself and create for myself. A womb space with healthy borders and kind light joyful living for a deep good life. I find it difficult! I try to integrate this respect and depth for myself with all the other parts-people relationships and the wishes and patterns of those I love. And live with my family. I love them and it's difficult. I'd like to make friends with you,since I am drawn to contact with another soul who lives a life of that sacred space being lived. I have often conveyed ideas and images with words that hit there mark like arrows sinking in perfectly to something waiting for them,minds,but here I find that words may not convey what I'm trying to say,and thats ok too.
Your song In The Morning gave me these words and other stuff on your website. GOOD FOR YOU! With a genuine laugh-a laugh that came forth as a soft kind of plush sound breath through my smiling mouth and nose-theres another at describing it. My back hurts me now. I accept that and am moving slowly towards changing it.
With deep simple blessings
Braha Dora Sabina
ps Please write back. I'd like that
We love your CD! Aaron (age 1) wants your CD on all day! Thank you for your music~
I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Hawaiian CD! I listened to half of it before bed last night, I
felt so happy and cozy and Stuart said it reminded him of being in Hawaii, he
used to be a waiter in Kona.
Your voice is so beautiful and unique, it feels so warm and cozy, like a good
friend. I love your songs. The 50's hawaiian song (3) is beautiful, they all
are. I'm so glad you are getting fan mail, you should be! You will have fun
marketing these!! They will go like hot cakes in all kind of specialty Hawaiian
shops as well as the traditional bookstores and music stores and at your concerts.
sometimes your voice reminds me of Mama Cass, I love her.
I hope you sell out fast and have to reorder and I hope they get played on
aloha and many mahalos!!
|I listened to your cd again today a
couple of times and it is beautiful and
peaceful and all things good! Thank you so much for making this CD! It is
perfect to paint to and the animals all love it, too. And that says alot!!!
You know that small creatures are honest and in the moment.
Wow, you are such an awesome person. I write in my
Thanks so much for those wonderful inscriptions in the books! I'm so
touched that you'd apply your amazing talents to brighten my life. I'm glad
to have made friends with you and hope to express my gratitude in person
The CD is terrific--your songs are SO creative, and like the book, an
uncanny blend of simpleness and sophistication that's very difficult to pull
off. You're an amazing guitarist and a clever lyricist. The next time you
see Ramon, would you tell him I loved his choral arrangement? I went to
college in Utah and am now picturing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing
the piece. (Don't laugh; they actually do some contemporary and secular
stuff, and Mormons are big on early rising!)
You mentioned the hardcover edition of Living on the Earth was rare; do you
have any idea how many copies were made? I've never seen another one
myself, even on the used-book websites, and from your diary entries it seems
your other friends don't have many either.
Thanks again for your sweet and thoughtful gestures.
Well, that's a pleasure to read! I'm delighted
you're receiving enthusiastic feedback
Makes a great encore piece!
|BE LOVED Alicia
Iam so happy to find your name in my mailbox. Thank you! I'm just comin back
long summer tour. I have anothr band that name is<uminosati>.this name means
treasure of sea. this band recorded at sea west studio. Maybe you met
guitarist at there. I toured with this band,on this summer.
How is your new cd? is it hawaiian sound? I love your music too. your voice is
verry clear. sometime my son hamming <in the morning,in the morning......>
Now,there is<Being of the sun>on my side. My friend have it.I borrow it
longtime.this book is verry beautiful. I can found <living on the eartth> on
book shop. Could be same publisher make copy about <Being...>? now,this planet
peoples need it.
My <temple of light>is just imagination now. But I got small land for built
it. Now I raise the funds.
Anyway,are you stay in hawaii next january? Probably I go to hawaii. Couse the
anniversary of my partnar's death. He leaved his body in big island at last
year. we had ceremony hilo hongwanji at 27.jan. this year. <uminosati>played
music for him at hongwanji. Probably I will have ceremony next jan. If we get
timing, realy hope meet you! Mahalo nui loa!
Hi Alicia, I wanted to thank you
for your check and to tell you I love love
i have just listened to your songs on Living in hawaii Style - they are so so lovely - what a beautiful voice you have and what delicate guitar playing. i tried to order a few copies from cdbaby but for some reason they wouldn't accept my credit card, so i'll call the 800 number in a minute. I will have a few extra copies for birthday and other presents, and one copy for sarah Plant who wrote the music on Juliette of the Herbs. i know she too will love your music. And then i heard chard and chives which is charming!
Did you see the film Greenfingers?
till the fall equinox, i send you lots of love, xxxxx
I absolutely LOVE your new cd! It is really beautiful. Such a great mix of songs and I love the artwork on the cover! Also, thank you so much for sending me signed copies of "The Earth Mass" and "The Tempest". Like "Living on the Earth", the illustrations in these books and "Being of the Sun" are incredible! Now I can see why they are such rare finds. I'm going to work on my art project now and I will be listening to your "Living in Hawai'i Style" and "Living on the Earth" cds. If these were albums, I would have worn them out by now from playing them so much.
Peace and Love, Cheryl Dove
thank you... thank you... thank you. We
got your most beautiful
Aloha from Okinawa 9/12/01
They are islam(terrorist) and christian(Bush),why
they obey their master.
It is a mystery why people use teachings of divine
love as an excuse to hurt
I have my own copy of Alicia's CD ' Living in Hawaiian
Keeping your book on my shelf has kept me feeling
young. Sometimes when I am depressed, I pull out the old
books...and get a super feeling that everything will be
ok! You're one of my heroines, Alicia!
Bob Shannon-Pinpoint Since 1992
|Your music is very soothing and beautiful.
When we were having an overload of "Attack on
America" in the air (tv,radio,conversations in
passing on the streets) we came back to the apartment
where we are staying and put on your new cd and blissed
out. It was a wonderful comfort and so relaxing.
A reminder of what an ancient, sacred, beautiful world in
which we all live. Creative and free and full of love.
Alicia's CD is delicious - in texture &
melody. Lovely stuff. My big ole orange cat,
Dagwood, likes it too. He closes his eyes &
purrs and stretches luxuriously on hearing it. So
far, I've found that cats like Vivaldi, Chopin - and
Alicia Bay Laurel. Who knows? Maybe there'll
be a feline run on Alicia's Hawaiian tape!
In the early morning hours of this Kentucky home,
a Hawaiian song travels
My dream is to share the joy of giving, the arts,
and yoga with people. To somehow make it
The reason I am writing to you is because I am
curious about how you got started on your
I would like to know anything you would like to
tell me!! :-) Please semd me a letter if you can.
Thank you ever so much! Thank you , thank you, thank you!! :-)