I was in a meeting today with probably the coolest exec in the entertainment industry, talking about a possible history of the counterculture documentary (a project I would certainly love to work on), when she asked me, “Who is the grandmaster of counterculture today? The living Jack Kerouac of our time?”
I took a breath and said, “Well, it was Jack Herer until he died.”
I didn’t think much more about it until I got home, but after a few hours this question really began to bug me. Just who is the living Jedi Knight of the counterculture, the Temple Dragon who commands our greatest respect?
I gotta say, it’s a toss-up between Wavy Gravy and Ina May and Stephen Gaskin. But I guess Paul Krassner, Mountain Girl and Ken Babbs have some legitimate claim in this arena.
I love this photo from the original Woodstock, btw: Wavy and Krassner, two Jedi’s of the counterculture meet on the ceremonial field and exchange zen-like epiphanies, no doubt. And though you might not recognize him at first (I know I didn’t), that’s Abbie Hoffman in the tie-dye standing between them.