1969 and Then Some: A Memoir of Romance, Motorcycles, and by Robert Wintner

By Robert Wintner

The 12 months whilst every thing had to be skilled and attempted, while innocence used to be tempted, performed, and lost.

1969 used to be that pivotal yr for the newborn boomers. younger and blameless, they got the final word freedoms and have been confronted with turning out to be up.

This touching, hilarious memoir is the genuine tale of a overdue sixties grand travel of Europe—a life-defining parable, if you take into account and in the event you can’t. by no means earlier than and never considering that have a handful of seasons so exquisitely outlined the adaptation among correct and mistaken. With the reward of juvenile they observed, sensed, and savored the laughably transparent contrast among revenue intent and greed, among fact and propaganda, among nationwide curiosity and safeguard contractors, among a beautiful cloud of smoke and the smoke of napalm, and among the phantoms of defense and the hazards of complacency and atrophy.

Stoned to the gills after which a few, those adventurers observed and felt and knew issues that no new release prior to did. a few totally engaged within the counterculture whereas others basically saw, sticking a left foot in, pulling a left foot out, yet now not relatively leaping to the total hokeypokey.

It was once an immense time of self-discovery, of affection, and of checking out what you have been made of.

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God speaks at one-forty with a question: You wanna die, boy? Deceleration takes as much focus as getting top end—on the way down one-ten seemed eminently controllable, except that one-ten is holy screaming Jesus fast enough to end in a blink. So the future began at Pride & Clark in a similar blink, in hardly the time it took for a wild boy to forget everything his poor mother ever taught him about horse-trading. I counted out the five big ones and never looked back. I scanned the horizon out front and felt the urgency to catch up with the motorcycle wave breaking over Europe.

Kenny saw it, and the converse of universal light is the other. A friend on a trip can help keep things light; we laughed like hyenas comparing details down to its curly eyelashes and nose pustules and the snot flecks dangling from the corners of its mouth. And what must have been a painful cavity in its third incisor that likely caused the bad breath too. We needed more wine or beer or something to take the edge off, but we dasn’t go back indoors in public—back among those who hadn’t learned that love is all around us.

But that night shines with everlasting light. A dozen of us, give or take a few comers and goers through the evening, had gathered at Marcia Sacks’ and Betty Boop’s place to celebrate the new decade with spaghetti and LSD. Marcia, our hostess for the evening, was old hat on the psychedelic scene, tripping with moderate frequency over the previous few years. She’d prepared a great, hardy sauce. A dozen hits of acid wasn’t so easy to come by in one fell swoop in mid-Missouri, but we began a few days out, so by sundown on the 31st we had enough to go around—purple microdots, pink barrels, Owsleys, orange sunshine and blotters—with a single electric neon Jesus and a few odd extras in case of late arrivals or acid malfunction.

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