In the image above, a student at Stony Brook University in 1968 reads The East Village Other, an underground newspaper, while sitting on the campus amid a pile of dirt/mud commonplace to a campus constantly under construction. So prevalent were the sights, sounds, and dirt of construction the students came to refer to themselves as “the mud people.”
Stony Brook University, on Long Island, New York, also hosted the full breadth of rock music’s eclecticism during the late sixties. In terms of sheer volume, the campus is a real standout, hosting more than any other single campus. And, like Drew, this pattern was the result of students efforts with not only little administration/faculty oversight, but often outright hostility.
The provocative, counterculture band The Fugs, pictured at right, performance on the campus proved controversial. While some students embraced the unconventional performance, others reacted with outrage, screaming in the face of the student who’d booked the band, Howie Klein. He followed the criticism with an editorial in The Statesman, the student newspaper, defending the choice.
Klein also met around the same time a young guitar player named Jimi James performing at a local club in New York and asked him to come play the campus. In the spring, 1968, that guitar player, now known as Jimi Hendrix, performed on the campus as part of the 1968 north American tour of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
A similarly personal encounter resulted in The Jefferson Airplane performing on the campus too.
Howie Klein, Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer, pictured above, more than any other students were responsible for the development of rock music culture on the campus.
Likewise, the campus culture at Drew University turned decidedly “counterculture” following 1967.
Glenn Redbord, at right, launched the practice of booking rock and roll concerts on the campus in 1966. Redbord’s successor, Greg Granquist below… Dave Marsden, pictured below right, followed and kept the Social Committee very active bringing rock music acts to campus.
Front page tribute to Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin following their deaths.
The student-run newspaper, The Acorn, played a key role in running ads for up-coming concerts, album/concert reviews, and analyses of of the rock/blues genre.
The Acorn became a member/subscriber to the Liberation News Service. The content soon reflected broader, countercultural shifts, such as the “comix” of R. Crumb, above, and others, alongside much dissident and subversive content.