1967 Steering Committe
Steering Committe was presented in January, 1967 by John
Gary Grimshaw, Emil
Van Newkirk (Guerrilla
newspaper) and Jim Semark ( Artists'
Workshop) as a first
attempt to bring
columnists, musicians and other artists so that they
would be in an effective
strengh in the "hip" community of Detroit - a brief episode
that ended one
month later, when
John and Leni
Sinclair and G.Grimshaw formed Trans-Love Energies
Unlimited which was introduced
as an extension
of Artists Workshop and 67
. . Stringfellow had been watching us very closely since i got
out of DeHoCo . . . he put this pig named Kapagian on us full time
. . . We didn't think too much about the police at all - we were too busy
trying to get all this shit together and we were dropping acid one or
two times a week on top of that, going to the Grande every weekend
to dig the 5 (they were the houseband there) and be with the people,
running the bookstore, trying to get the Workshop back together, and everything
else - we heard about the rock and roll benefits they were putting on
in San Francisco, so we decided to do the same thing in Detroit, and that
was one of our major projects right then too . . .
Grimshaw's poster for January 29, 1967
Original Print of Gary Grimshaw's poster provided by Mike Dixon
The 1967 steering committee exists as an agent of the Sun -- to bring people light and colour, as a natural function. To illuminate them, and bring them together . One of the committee's jobs will be to produce a benefit at least once a month which will bring together artists and audience in a totally positive context, to help raise money for needy members of the community . The committee's first such event will take place Sunday, January 29th, at the Grande Ballroom - a benefit for GUERRILLA. In February a benefit for the newly formed Detroit LEMAR will be held, and for March plans are being made to benefit the San Francisco Zen temple community, who have just purchased (made a down payment toward) 106 acres of land in the Sur, to be used for meditation and community living.
Another function of the committee, will be realized through weekly Sunday afternoon communal dinners at the artists workshop, beginning with a modest feast in honour of the John Coltrane and Andrew Hill Bands, who will be visiting Detroit at that time. This IS one world now, at least we can make it so as we will. The human community extends itself though men , wherever they are, as their spirit and flesh demand it.
In the Spring of the Year when all life rises up again, the 1967 Steering committee will issue a call for a mid west conference on consciousness expansion, and a call for a continental congress in the summer will likewise be made, whereby we all can declare ourselves members of a new nation firmly based on human need and spirit.
The 1967 steering committee wants a new civilization, and is working toward one.
We are only one manifestation of the new spirit in Detroit, and we NEED a new civilization . And we will have it. We love you.
STEERING COMMITTE PRESENTS IN DETROIT
More details on the Guerrilla Lovefare poster at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Mike Dixon.