Up
... Silent About
Digger Articles 1
Digger Articles 2
Digger Articles 3
Digger Articles 4
Forman Article
Mutants Commune
Hall Article
Free Store
Waintrop Articles

Articles By...
and About the Diggers

From the beginning, the Diggers attracted media attention, despite (or perhaps due to) their early success at remaining virtually anonymous. The early articles and notices that appeared announced some of the first Digger events in the fall and winter of 1966: the Death of Money parade; the Intersection game; the New Year's Wail. Some of these notices appeared in the Berkeley Barb, the premier underground paper in the Bay Area. Others appeared in the San Francisco Oracle which was the Haight-Ashbury community's answer to the Barb and other more political papers. Even more tidbits can be gleaned from the pages of the "aboveground" press. The San Francisco Chronicle's jazz and pop music critic, Ralph Gleason, whose weekly articles are a good documentary of the "new community's" development, was especially sympathetic to the Artists Liberation Front and later the Diggers.

I will try to present these articles in chronological order, but the order in which I transcribe them will be somewhat peripatetic. I would suggest that regular readers use the What's New page to find additions to this collection as they become available.

1966

The early articles that appeared in the Berkeley Barb reported the first public acts the Diggers carried out in the Haight-Ashbury in the fall of 1966. What is most interesting is that members of the Diggers wrote several of these articles. "The Ideology of Failure" was the first time the phrase "do your thing" appeared in print. This article represents the Diggers' ideas in full bloom. Here we see the reason the Diggers came to loggerheads with the Artists Liberation Front that summer. We also watch as they throw down the gauntlet of Free to the new community in the article, "In Search of A Frame." And we read the formulation of the Diggers philosophy: "To Show Love is to fail. To love to fail is the Ideology of Failure. Show Love. Do your thing. Do it for FREE. Do it for Love. We can't fail."

1967

1968

 
 

Creative Commons License
The Digger Archives is published under a Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Cite As: The Digger Archives (www.diggers.org) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0