Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Those Were the Days, My Friend
I Heart Chaos — Forty four years ago, Abbie Hoffman and Allen Ginsberg tried to exorcise the Pentagon: Forty four years ago this Friday, on October 21, 1967, 70,000 peaceful and very enthusiastic demonstrators gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the D.C. Mall to protest the war in Vietnam, among whom were Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg and The Fugs. In addition to protesting the war, the poets, pranksters and musicians had come to the Pentagon to levitate it. Fug member, wordslinger and alchemist Ed Sanders had prepared a magical incantation that would exorcise (exorgasm) the Pentagon and then lift it high into the air.