Abbie Hoffman, Woodstock Nation: A talk-rock album “Thorns of the Flower Children” begins thus:
Once upon a time, about a generation ago, right after the thirteen-thousand-seven-hundred-and-sixty-fourth demonstration against the war in Vietnam, young people started to congregate in an area of San Francisco known as the Haight-Ashbury. They were sick of being programmed by an educational system void of excitement, creativity and sensuality.
Good beginning for myth making. The accompanying illustration places the thorns in a crown and a necklace on a figure with waves and waves of hair. There is a way of thinking of the thorns less as adornment and more as progeny.
And so for day 203