Ms. Moser, If the early Sixties was the time to be here, why did everybody that you mentioned leave ["General Jackson," The Arts, August 11]? My vote is for the early Seventies, when people started staying here. Remember what Sir Doug said,"Fast talking guys with strange red eyes, put things in your head, start your mind to wandering." Franklin says it's a wurlitzer.
[Margaret Moser responds: I presume you are referring to the Jackson piece and my reference to the California migration.
The Sixties was a good time to be in Austin because the cultural and political changes in the nation affected Texas, as they did everywhere else, and no more deeply felt than in the colleges and universities. For example, the 13th Floor Elevators' Tommy Hall sought UT as an institution of higher learning and found in the nascent community components of psychedelic music.
Why then leave for California? I dunno, I wasn't here in Austin in the mid-Sixties. But even in the relative utopia of Austin, Texas overall was still ruled by very conservative values that made the pursuit of personal freedom difficult, especially if you had long hair or espoused nontraditional values. And by all accounts, California was the land of milk and honey for the young. There was a nationwide trek to California then, not only by Texans, but by other disaffected youth. And in the end, California, especially the Bay Area, profited handsomely from Texpatriates, who founded the Avalon Ballroom, Rip-Off Press, and played large roles in the emergence of KSAN radio. All of those institutions radically shaped the world we live in, even now.
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