May 5, 2009

IT'S AN ODD CELEBRATION...:

Taos events mark 'Easy Rider' anniversary, '60s (DEBORAH BAKER, 5/04/09, Associated Press)

Never mind that the original Summer of Love was 42 years ago and almost 1,000 miles away: Taos is offering its own version this year.

The summerlong celebration marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic counterculture film "Easy Rider" _ some of which was shot here _ and the influx of hippies that added yet another spicy ingredient to Taos' multicultural stew.


....given how clear an end to the 60's the film (released July 14, 1969) marked. After all, the riders finally find the America they've been looking for when they are shotgunned in the triumphal final scene of the movie. It was followed in short order by the similar attacks on the Kent State protestors (May 4, 1970) and then, by the New York City hardhats, on those protesting Kent State (May 8, 1970).

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 5, 2009 6:12 AM
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