Counterculture Panel Concludes “Drop City at Fifty Celebration.”
Excerpts from Chronicle News article by Joe Tarabino:
Once known for its tolerance as the “sex change capital of the world,” Trinidad was also close to the epicenter for one of the best documented early conflicts between older ethnic traditions and modern industrialization resulting in the Ludlow tragedy … and the experiment in communal living known as Drop City in the 1960s.
Alan Prendergast and David Mason, two of Colorado’s most notable authors, directed the symposium at Trinidad State College along with New Zealand native and “counterculturist” Kay Evans, and Doug Holdread and Joe Tarabino who have been actively involved in this special interest topic.
Prendergast, staff writer for Denver based publication Westword, has written about the justice system and historic crimes in Rolling Stone, Outside, Los Angeles Times Magazine and others.
David Mason, who remembers Drop City from when he visited family in Trinidad during the 1960s, recalled “how Trinidad was a Mecca for countercultural figures from the Beats onward.” Poet Laureate of Colorado (2010-2014), Mason wrote Ludlow, a verse novel that makes a strange connection between 60s counterculture and the immigrant revolts of the early 20th century.