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Preface to My Odyssey

My Odyssey: The First Human Be-In By the artist Michael Bowen Preface In the year 2007, of the Christian era, comes an epic story, written from the Northern reaches of Europe, in Stockholm Sweden . Forty years have passed since the grand performance art known as the Human Be-In. According to the New York Times […]

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My Odyssey: the First Human Be-In

Introduction to My Odyssey Michael Bowen Introduction The truth of the Human Be-In is the perennial message of Love. It was The Human Be-In, as we now are beginning to comprehend world-wide, which initiated another event called the Summer of Love. It was this never-to-be-forgotten summer of 1967, the Summer of Love, which empowered many […]

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Chapter One, Part One

‘How is violence to be eradicated, without begetting more violence? What method to stop war, without further killing? Nothing short of a basic shift in the human psyche – there appears to be no more readily discernable answer. The idea of change being effected by a mass change in the collective consciousness and conscience of […]

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Chapter One, Part Two

Bowen and Ginsberg at Be-In Michael Bowen’s human-art-tableau on the flatbed truck was as complete and all-inclusive as he wanted it to be on that magical day. However, those legendary individual egos, summoned by Bowen’s clever manipulation, had to be handled with care. All of those egos on the flatbed truck stage came and participated […]

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Chapter One, Part Three

The Human Be-In forever broke through the chains of individual and collective human bondage such as alienation, insignificance, and hatred. When those who attended the Be-In saw for the first time just how many of them there were, they became empowered; something new had happened to them, something profoundly uplifting, exciting, and transformative. Every person […]

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Chapter One, Part Four

Cannibals Violence, in all its many manifestations, is the key attribute that needs to be reformed and eradicated for humanity and civilization to survive. Formerly, many thousands of years ago, homo sapiens were cannibals. Now, the very thought of eating another human being, even if there were no other food source available, is a disgusting […]

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Chapter One, Part Five

Grateful Dead on Stage at the Human Be-In The human tableau became complete with the Grateful Dead, who climbed up and down the flatbed when they were not sitting there, until it came time for them to play. Although the Grateful Dead, who were well known in the Haight-Ashbury and would have drawn a crowd […]

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Chapter One, Part Six

He traveled via a variety of modes and conveyance – cars, planes, by train, on horseback, by boat and hovercraft, the London and New York City underground subways, to say nothing of walking. Just as he and other beat artists of that time used found objects to produce consequential works of art, Bowen used the […]

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Chapter Two, Part One

  The Summer of Love Love Consciousness painted by Michael Bowen 1960 The first six months of 1967, made the Human Be-In and the Summer of Love an unforgettable part of the history of the 20th century. During the next forty years, wars came and went, political regimes rose and fell, and world leaders whose […]

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Chapter Two, Part Two

Even if many of its participants were impractically idealistic, the memory of the Summer of Love will never be forgotten. Negative media attacks against the Human Be-In and the Summer of Love came immediately, and for decades to follow. Yet nothing could destroy the positive imprint of those seminal first six months of magical cooperation. […]

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Chapter Two, Part Three

Pied Piper and Lute Player Michael Bowen painting Despite all the social and civil advancement put forward by the expanding counter-culture, and the reinforcing of the Bill of Rights, the excesses and frustrations that developed in the Haight-Ashbury that summer and autumn were also legendary, as 100,000 unemployed teenagers from all over America heeded the […]

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Chapter Two, Part Four

The successes of the Summer of Love have now multiplied its base into thousands and thousands of building blocks; new-age bookshops, yoga centers, as well as health and metaphysical stores that are ubiquitous in major cities throughout the world. Those consciousness centers are growing stronger each year, and producing infinite varieties of the One consciousness […]

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Chapter Three, Part One

Chapter three North Beach Bohemians discover the Wizard of Carmel In 1957, an energetic nineteen-year-old Michael Bowen arrived in San Francisco, from L.A., via Virginia City, Nevada, where his now actor son, also named Michael, had just been born in the house of film writer Walter Van Tilburg Clarks. Now, fifty years later in 2007, […]

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