Laguna Beach Patch Revisits Town's Acid-Laced Past
|Rosemary and Timothy Leary with the Brotherhood's John Griggs circa 1968|
We visited the former Pacific Coast Highway location of the Brotherhood's famous metaphysical boutique Mystic Arts World, which mysteriously burned to the ground in June 1969.
(It's vacant now, but based on the signage, the latest tenant was some kind of kinky clothing store). Then we dropped by Laguna Canyon Rd. and Woodland Ave., to check out "Dodge City," where Timothy Leary was arrested in 1968, and which police probably raided at least once a week during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Next was a spot in South Laguna where Peter Amaranthas, an unarmed, 20-year-old Brotherhood member, was killed by an Orange County sheriff's deputy. Our final destination: Sycamore Flats, a grassy bowl at the top of Laguna Canyon near the 73 toll-road where some 30,000 hippies gathered a three day rock festival that started on Dec. 25, 1970.
For whatever groovy reason, both LAObserved and Huffington Post picked up the item, but to watch the actual video, click here.
Great work, Rich! And who was that on the sitar, by the way?