Spaced Out – Alistair Gordon (2008)

I recommend taking a peek at the book Spaced Out” by Alastair Gordon (fun site, although as with many things ‘sixties’ not exactly ‘safe for work’), which is a look at the “crash pads, hippie communes, infinity machines, and other radical environments of the psychedelic sixties”.  It’s an expensive ‘art’ book, gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of period photos.  I find it kind of inspiring to see all the wild creations that were essentially built by ‘amateurs’ – there is minimal text, and what’s there just kind of touches the highlights.  Gordon traces a sort of rise and fall of interest in building geodesic domes that happened over the course of a few years in the late sixties, then a move into more free-form structures.

Here’s what Adam Begley had to say about the book and its author in the New York Observer:  “Mr. Gordon is a wonderful writer, graceful, energetic, knowledgeable, and he brings to his exploration of Aquarian living a sympathetic heart and a coolly appraising head. He began his book, he writes, “in response to the culture of control that arose after September 11, 2001. It seemed like the right time to invoke a period of free-spirited, all-out independence.”

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  • Alastair Gordon  On May 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you for such interesting coverage of the book!
    I only just found this wonderful site.
    Only one query: Is 52,000 words really “minimal text”?

    Alastair Gordon

  • Curt  On May 11, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for visiting! I guess the text seemed light as compared to the great full page pictures, but I definitely enjoyed reading it as well, to get some feeling for what people were thinking as they ran these ‘experiments’.

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