Washington, D.C. Green Bag Press, 2002. Paperback. 270pp. 5 ¼ x 8 in. Signed and inscribed by Garrick Beck to Judith and Hanon on front free endpaper, dated May 2003. Near fine. Item #5512
A lighthearted first person account of the 1987 Rainbow Gathering, written by Federal Judge David B. Sentelle about his involvement in the Gathering, held in North Carolina where Sentelle was a United States District Court Judge. The State attempted to prohibit the gathering from happening because the Rainbow family did not acquire any permits for the event, a common practice that the group maintained was a part of the Gathering’s anarchic ethos and location in various public National Parks. That particular gathering experienced a large number of arrests of Rainbow members for disturbing the peace and alcohol and drug violations. Garrick Beck, the founder of the Rainbow Family of Living Light, wrote an afterward sympathetic to the judge’s accounts of the event. An intriguing portrait from an outsider of a long-running tradition from an important post-hippie era community continuing on in the utopian spirit of the movement.
This copy is notable for being inscribed by Rainbow Gathering founder Garrick Beck to his mother, Living Theatre co-founder Judith Malina.