Celebration of life

Ikko Narahara


Edition : First / Tokyo / Camera Mainichi / 1972 / Softcover. / VG+
Oblong 4to, 96pp. Printed wraps as issued. Numerous Colour and Black & White plates. Afterword in English and Japanese.

Pretty special book- where Narahara and his wife travel from Manhattan (where they were living at the time), to a Rock ‘n’ Roll festival in McCrea Louisiana billed as the ‘Celebration of life’, reports from the time give mixed reviews of the festival, I guess the dream had died by the early 70’s, but the book is pretty amazing. Acid stalls, people smoking opium, freak outs, hippies, bikers, dropouts, flower children, actual children, a baby elephant (real since you ask), lots of naked people covered in mud, swimming etc. So an excellent document of the time. The text is also really nice.