The Great Speckled Bird and Atlanta Counterculture in the Vietnam War Era Open Access

Williams, Catherine Margaret (2012)

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The Great Speckled Bird , an Atlanta-based publication that ran from 1968 to 1976, embodied the spirit of the city's Vietnam War-era protest culture. Politics drove the journalism of The Bird, but the Atlanta music scene and pieces of stunning visual art featured largely in the publication as well. The Atlanta counterculture movement during The Bird's lifetime blurred the boundaries between politics, music, and art; music and art expressed political opinions, while political movements relied on musicians and artists to convey ideas. The Great Speckled Bird represents this synthesis of politics, music, and art within its pages, and also retains its connection to the city of Atlanta and the culture of the South. Even when addressing issues of national importance, The Bird makes connections to Atlanta, emphasizing the paper's role within the community. As a guidebook for new music, groundbreaking artwork, protests and movement-related events, as well as serving as a reliable news source, The Great Speckled Bird gave progressive Atlantans and their counterculture movement a voice.

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Introduction...1
Chapter One...7
Chapter Two...22
Chapter Three...52
Works Cited...64
Non-Printed Sources...66

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