Had you parachuted into San Francisco in 1970 and not known better, you might have thought the city had been overrun by mystics. Brass Buddhas and Hindu scrolls decorated bedrooms and dorm rooms. Alan Watts spoke to morning commuters live on KPFA. Concert posters, plastered across town, mixed Asian religious imagery with psychedelic visions; and the record album covers whose vinyl contents transformed the entire culture swept in a new kind of commercial surrealism that borrowed as freely from pop culture as they did from the occult.
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