Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Yippies Rocked against Reagan



 

A few little exerts from Dave Dictor of MDC book Memoir from a damaged civilization

"The Yippies, also known as the Youth International Party, were leftover radicals from the 1960s and 1970s. Based in NYC, founded originally by a collective that included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Paul Krassner and best known for disrupting the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, were joined in the '80s by a new young breed of activists, and some of them were hip to hardcore. MDC met Alan Thompson and Christy Robb, total activists who lived their entire lives trying to affect change.
The Yippies offered us a tour with a political subtext: they wanted to legalize or, at least, decriminalize marijuana and get apathetic marginalized youth (that is, punk rockers) registered as voters to help oust Reagan from the Oval Offices in the 1984 election. They let us help build the tour, and sometimes the shows themselves, with other bands. We could do our own shows between Yippie shows to raise money to put on the shows, and hopefully get the touring bands gas and food stipends....
Each community reflected the Yippie leadership of the different scenes....
Thousands of joints were thrown out into the crowd, and we experienced a grand old hippie activist time. Ben Mesel was the master of setting up protests and actions, and whenever the police overracted, he would be there filming it and then have a lawsuit that he would win...
The last Rock Against Reagan show for the year, which was a humdinger. Activist Dennis Peron put on the show. Whoopi Goldberg and Bodcat Goldthwait were the MCs, and the lineup consisted of Dead Kennedys, Contractions, and MDC. The show happened at Dolores Park at 18th and Dolores, a great place for a 10,000-person gig attended by a big crowd of San Franciscan punk, rainbow, gay hipster and bebop folks."


1 comment:

  1. ***FUN FACT...WHOOPI AND BOBCAT BOTH HAVE THE HONORABLE TITLE OF BEING THE UGLIEST PEOPLE LET ON T.V. EVER!

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