1970s California Counter-CulturewithPeter Coyote

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Peter Coyote is an accomplished actor in more than 130 films, an Emmy Award-winning narrator of over 200 documentaries and 17 audiobooks, and author of Sleeping Where I Fall, The Rainman’s Third Cure, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet Buddha, and a book of poetry titled Tongue of a Crow.

Here he describes his work as director of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s road company in the 1960s, providing free performances in parks. This led him, and other cast members, to found an organization known as the Diggers – providing free food, and eventually a free store. He also describes the use of drugs in this era, including heroin and psychedelics. Eventually, he moved to a commune in Olema, California. His adventures included encounters with native American shaman, Rolling Thunder; Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Gary Snyder, and serious practice of Zen Buddhism.

(Recorded on October 29, 2021)

Published on November 15, 2021


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