When Warhol’s Factory set hit the West Coast and encountered the psychedelic hippie crowd back in the 1960s, it didn’t go well. According to Mary Woronov, one of the stars of Warhol’s CHELSEA GIRLS, the differences between the two cultures were striking. She says:
“We weren’t like them at all. They hated us. For one thing, we dressed in black leather, they dressed in wild colors. They were like, ‘Oh wow man, a happening!’ We were like reading Jean Genet. We were S&M and they were free love. We really liked gay people, and the West coast was totally homophobic. So they thought we were evil and we thought they were stupid” (from PLEASE KILL ME-THE UNCENSORED ORAL HISTORY OF PUNK, p. 17).
Just some counter-culture history to start the day!
—Richard F. Yates