Author: Steve Lerner

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7: Indictment and Protest

    1969 Village Voice article about the Chicago Seven Trial

    Spring’s Awakening  It’s been a busy week. Thursday the Federal Grand Jury indicted eight “non-leaders” of the Chicago demonstration for conspiracy to break the law and incite a riot. Friday Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and Dave Dellinger held a press conference at the Hotel Diplomat welcoming the indictment as “the academy award of protest” and […]

  • Chicago 1968: Blood, Sweat, & Tears

    A Visit to Chicago: Blood, Sweat, & Tears September 5, 1968 CHICAGO — At half past midnight last Tuesday, the occupants of Lincoln Park were stormed by the Chicago police. It was not the first day, nor was it to be the last, that the Old City­ — the Lincoln Park area — had come […]

  • Woodstock: The 10th Largest City in the United States

    The 10th Largest City in the United States August 21, 1969 The Aquarian Exposition at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was fairly outrageous by anybody’s standards. Stoned silly most of the time, more than half a million freaks from all over the country made the painful pilgrimage to Max Yasgur’s 600-acre farm to play […]

  • Moon Landing: Lunacy on a Muddy Meadow

    The Age of Lunacy on a Muddy Meadow The Moon-In on the Sheep Meadow in Central Park last Sunday night came off as the world’s largest outdoor multi-media program. Vying for spectator popularity, three huge screens representing each of the major networks stood like the ruins of a technological Stonehenge under an arc of criss-crossing […]