Berkeley Barb Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Post-event photo post by Vic Sadot 8-16-15
Country Joe McDonald on stage 8-12-15 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb. Photo by Vic Sadot
Original Post: Many veterans of Berkeley Barb activist journalism in the past 50 years will be gathering from far and wide for a reunion with their movement friends. If you don’t know the Berkeley Barb history, you can visit the About Berkeley Barb section of the website. Meanwhile here is an excerpt, and below you can check out the schedule over several days Aug 8 – 14. The opening statement at the opening page to the Berkeley Barb website at www.berkeleybarb.net says: “The Berkeley Barb was launched by Max Scherr on August 13, 1965, and was one of the earliest underground newspapers to serve the civil rights, anti-war, and counter-cultural movements in the Sixties. For 15 years, from 1965 to 1980, the Barb was a voice for a generation looking to change the world. The Barb mixed radical politics with psychedelic art, guerrilla comics, local happenings, opinions, reviews, advice, personal ads, and frequent calls to protest. It offered its readers an unabashed alternative to the conformist mainstream press. At a nexus between Free Speech and the Sexual Revolution, the Barb trumpeted the irrepressible passions of the American counterculture.”
Max Scheer Founder, Publisher The Berkeley Barb 2/69
Mission Statement | The Berkeley Barb celebrates the spirit, politics, and art of the Sixties.
History | On August 13, 1965 Max Scherr launched the Berkeley Barb, one of the earliest and most influential underground newspapers to serve the civil rights, anti-war, and countercultural movements. Scherr, a hands-on publisher, relied on a mostly young, Leftist staff, which helped produce and sell the Barb. For 15 years the Barb, as its name suggests, critiqued and needled the “establishment” becoming a voice for a generation looking to change the world.
Berkeley Barb 50th Anniversary Events Calendar
July 8 – August: The Berkeley Main Library will be hosting displays on the history of the Berkeley Barb, including the rock poster artists and cartoonists featured in the Barb, the speakers and panelists we are hosting to commemorate the 50th anniversary on August 13th, and the Berkeley Barb staff. See the Barb’s vital contribution to American history through a series of front-page issues, photos, quotes, and never before released documents and personal items from Max Scherr’s own files.
August 9: Join us for an Art and Photos Opening and Pot-Luck at the Art House Gallery featuring the work of Barb artist Patricia Oberhaus as well as John Jekabson and Harold Adler. Check out some of Patricia’s art in the Gallery Please join us at 2905 Shattuck, from 12-3 p.m. There will be additional opportunities to view the collection; it runs continues on Wednesday 8/12, and Friday 8/14 from 12:00 – 3:00 through August 14.
August 12: A 50 Year Barb celebration party with live music featuring Country Joe McDonald, Emily Yates, Vic Sadot, Sal Valentino & friends, plus radio pioneer Scoop Nisker and comedy celebrating free speech and the alternative press, is scheduled at The Freight & Salvage Coffee House at 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley. Read more at the Barb or Freight sites! (Private Event)
August 13: Barb Day – Starting at 11:00 am, the Berkeley Main Library will be hosting a day of speakers and panels in their community room. 1960s underground cartoonist Trina Robbins and Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld (Dr. Hip) will be featured, along with panels consisting of Barb editors, staffers, contributors, and a wrap up academic analysis.
August 14: Berkeley Barb Film Festival at the East Bay Media Center. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. at the Media Center, 1939 Addison St., Berkeley, CA. 1:00 – 5:00 pm: Films to be screened include: Shorts: Hot Damn! People, Moe’s Birthday, Lenny Lipton’s Let a Thousand Parks Bloom; Featuring a rare showing of the documentary Hookers, produced by Max Scherr and directed by George Csicsery. Q & A with filmmakers Lenny Lipton and George Csicsery. 7: 00: evening screening of Feature Documentary: Mark Kitchell’s Berkeley in the Sixties followed by a Q & A with author/screenwriter Susan Griffin and Mark Kitchell. (Capacity 75)