Hollywood Babylon Flyer

Hollywood Babylon Flyer

1971. 8 ½ x 11 in. Offset print. Near fine condition. Item #4907

The Cockettes were a drag performance troupe that briefly coalesced in 1969 around the figure Hibiscus (George Edgerly Harris II), who had moved to California with the beat generation writer Irving Rosenthal in 1969 to live in the Sutter Street commune. Perhaps most well known as the subject of iconic photograph at the Pentagon protest (in which he places a flower in the muzzle of a soldier’s rifle), under the influence of groups like The Living Theatre and filmmakers like Jack Smith, Hibiscus began pioneering a new breed of hippie drag performance utilizing elaborate costumes, glitter, and a mix of decadent Orientalist fantasy and show tunes.

The Stooges’ sound was a primal mixture of blues and psychedelic rock highlighted by loud, charged guitars. The Stooges were known for their intense, energized, and transgressive live performances. On July 16, 1971, these two representatives of varying counterculture currents met at the Palladium in Hollywood at the end of one cultural era and the beginning of another: hippy vs. proto-punk, love vs. aggression, two opposing underground giants in a show which must have been a perfect coincidence of opposites.

Price: $400.00