Friday, December 21, 2007

'Crash Route U.S.A.' - Fashion photo-spread, 1969

Whether influenced by Kerouac's 'On The Road' or the curiosity of the era, there were indeed record numbers of young people who traveled around America in the latter half of the 1960's.
Some wandering, exploring, seeking to 'find themselves'...

...and like everything under the sun, it was only a matter of time before the whole experience would be co-opted and merchandised into the mainstream.

This particular skewed vision of the 'Rock & Roll Gypsy' lifestyle appeared in Look Magazine in 1969.

Photographs taken in various locations around the US were by Dennis Stock.
The young wanderers were 'New York City Artist' Jim Kronen, and fashion model Stephanie Farrow, Mia's little sister.

Granted, it was a big prestige photo shoot, not intended to represent reality. Nevertheless the silliness of it puts me in mind of Albert Brooks' impassioned speech in his film 'Lost in America'.
As the staid, suburban 1980's junior-executive ready to chuck it all, he tries to convince his wife:

"We can get out there. We can get out and see this country. We can find out what it's about.
"We can touch Indians. We can live in the mountains. We can do anything we want to do.
"And we're still young enough to really explore. So come on, let's go."

"It'll be just like 'Easy Rider'".

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