Thursday, May 15, 2014

Happy birthday, 1960s icon Wavy Gravy

It is the birthday of entertainer and peace activist Wavy Gravy (1936), whose clown antics figured prominently in the 1960s counterculture movement. He is remembered for leading the Hog Farm collective, a group that helped keep order at the first Woodstock Festival in 1970. Gravy has worked with spiritual leader Ram Dass to build sustainable health projects around the world, built a camp for underprivileged children, Camp Winnarainbow, and created art collages. He was born Hugh Romney but legally changed his name after blues guitarist B.B. King called him wavy gravy at a pop festival in Texas in 1969. He is the author of two books, The Hog Farm and Friends (1974) and Something Good for a Change: Random Notes on Peace Thru Living (1992). He currently has two radio programs on Sirius Satellite Radio, Gravy in Your Ear and The Wavy Files. He is featured in the documentary film Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie (2010).

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