STEVE WISHNIA is a former editor at High Times and a musician who played with the False Prophets. He now writes regularly for AlterNetabout civil rights and civil liberties issues. When the Drumming Stops, his first novel, came out in October from Manic D Press. Excerpt by permission of author.
On St. Marks Place, half the people pictured on the T-shirts being sold were dead. Almost all of the rest were for bands that broke up or peaked 10 or 25 years ago. Nostalgia and archaeology.