Goin' Down the Country

Today we fight for the right to keep chickens and goats in our urban back yards and take delight in growing our own food. We patronize farmers' markets and corner shops; there are even special markets that nix the use of money in favor of trading and bartering. In our own, perhaps more tame way, we're going back to nature, just like the hippie commune-dwellers of old. It's just that it's a little more structured, and it doesn't require living in a bus or even in a geodesic dome.

Author Roberta Price, on the other hand, can speak to that with authority: She spent eight years snapping hundreds of photos at some of the best-known communes of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, including Drop City, New Buffalo, Red Rockers and Libre in Huerfano County, where she and her husband spent seven years. Named for the song by the Band -- “Across the Great Divide, just grab your hat and take that ride...” -- Price's new book, Across the Great Divide: A Photo Chronicle of the Counterculture, is a pictorial view of the state's back-to-the-land culture of the ’60s and early ’70s, as seen through the eyes (and lens) of someone who lived it, as well as a companion tome to her memoir, Huerfano.

Price will discuss and sign Across the Great Divide tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street; admission is free, but a copy of the book, from UNM Press, goes for $34.95. For information, visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070.
Tue., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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