Artifact and Analysis

Document 3
Groovy, Powerful, and Weird

New beauty is free. Liberated from hang-ups over form and function, unencumbered by tradition or design. A freaky goddess surveying her . . . realm. Kite high, moon-pure. Groovy, powerful, and weird! . . . Exhibitionism is the quiet side of violence: it aims to provoke. . . No wonder it dominates the fashions of the '60s. . . The same turmoil and insurrection that provides the terror of our times also inspires its greatest achievements. The style of the '60s is creative anarchy.

From an article by the rock critic Richard Goldstein, American Vogue [1969]