The Bird People

 

 

 

 

First row: Barbara Aiken, Stephanie Coffin, and Marjorie Jordan. Second row: Roger Friedman (wearing the ram's horns), Robin Boult, and Bob Dorland [RIP]. Third row: Lucia Droby, Morris Brown [RIP], Teddi Vaile, and me. Back row: Ron Ausburn [RIP], Candy Hamilton, Zachary Coffin being held by Joaquín Eugene Guerrero, Charlie Cushing, someone hidden, Nancy Jones Presley, Blues (Michael Teece), and Carter Tomassi.
First row: Barbara Aiken, Stephanie Coffin, and Marjorie Jordan.
Second row: Roger Friedman (wearing the ram’s horns), Robin Boult, and Bob Dorland [RIP].
Third row: Lucia Droby, Morris Brown [RIP], Teddi Vaile, and me. Back row: Ron Ausburn [RIP], Candy Hamilton, Zachary Coffin being held by Joaquín Eugene Guerrero, Charlie Cushing, someone hidden, Nancy Jones Presley, Blues (Michael Teece), and Carter Tomassi.
The People who put out The Great Speckled Bird were the reluctant role models for many young kids coming on the scene. Many had come from the Civil Rights movement but were all more politically astute than most of us and we watched how they handled life, relationships, children, and everything. If there was a problem people looked to The Bird. Special admiration and thanks to Tom and Stephanie Coffin and all other Birdstaffers, [ include list of names] the people whose hard work and sacrifice kept The Great Speckled Bird flying over Atlanta all those years despite official harrassment and firebombings.

 

After future staffers went to a concert at the 12th Gate and heard the old gospel song, as they walked home to 14th Street The Great Speckled Bird acquired a name .

  • Steve Wise interview

    steve wise2Steve Wise is a long time member of The Great Speckled Bird staff. He is working on his book concerning the times and underground papers.

    (This was shot on the very northern edge of Piedmont Park across from   office at 240 Westminster ... Read more >>

  • Tom and Stephanie Coffin interview

    The Coffin’s art house

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEIZC0km4Xw

     

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    Tom and Stephanie Coffin are among the most creative and industrious people you could ever meet.  Since arriving here in the mid sixties for Emory grad school, they have contributed much to the quality ... Read more >>

  • Miller Francis interview

    miller1Miller Francis grew up in Anniston, Alabama in a working class family. He was in high school when a Freedom Rider bus was attacked and burned just outside of town.

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    Inspired by the example of Harper Lee and ... Read more >>

  • Og King of Basham aka Bud Foote

    http://tigernet.princeton.edu/~cl1952/FooteAJC.htm

     A letter from Mikki Foote

    Bud Foote, 74, activist, pursued a better world

    > By HOLLY CRENSHAW
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
> Published on: 03/16/05

    Bud Foote was a folk-singing, rabble-rousing, protest-marching, storytelling, left-leaning activist. But only in his spare time.

    The rest of the time he was a ... Read more >>

  • Great Speckled Memories: Back when The Bird really was The Word

    http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/view/3403/1/167

    Great Speckled Memories: Back when The Bird really was The Word

    By Jonathan Springston

    5-10-06, 9:16 am

    (APN) ATLANTA – It’s difficult to talk about the leftist scene in Atlanta in the 1960’s and 70’s without someone bringing up The Great Speckled Bird, the leftist alternative newspaper which influenced so ... Read more >>

  • Best Miller Francis Articles from The Great Speckled Bird

    Here are some of the best of Miller Francis’ articles from The Great Speckled Bird:

    First Allman Brothers public concert

    Bob Dylan

    “Suck Rock”  Oct 13, 1969 (Hampton Grease Band with interview)

    “Mass Music”  Dec 8, 1969 (Review of first Allman Bros album)

    “War On Rock”  March 30, 1970 (Allman Bros, ... Read more >>

  • Miki Foote and Jeannie Muse

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    From 2 old Hippies who have both lived in The Dump — now living in San Diego — Miki Foote (now Miki Davis) and Jeannie Muse (now Jeannie Canaday) !!!

     Bud Foote and I lived in The Dump (ground floor in what is now the back of the house) from 1961 to late 1964 – early ... Read more >>

  • greg gregory

    Oh, my; I am so sorrowfully out of touch. I did not know that John Cippolina had died. He in particular, as well as QuickSilver Messenger Service have been a part of my personal story (you know, the one that makes folks politely drift away when they hear it coming for the fourteenth time) since 1968.

    Actually, ... Read more >>

  • Tom Coffin

    Tom Coffin was among the founders of The Great Speckled Bird.  He was also a photographer on the scene in the early days.

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  • Bill Fibben

    Bill Fibben was the photographer of the hip community since his days at the Atlanta School of Art. He was the hippie beat photographer for The Great Speckled Bird because he and wife Linda had been among the first Atlanta bohemians  to transform into hippies. Bill was truly everybody’s friend.

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