Freak Power 04

Freak Power Opening

Artboard 1

Friday, May 27, 2022,
12pm - 6pm

705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

View on Map

Suggested Admission $10; Free for MAH Members

Corrupt politicians, hippies, and a cry for change. See how politicians used art to mobilize young people to vote and transform their local government.

Browse over 100 vintage screen-printed posters, photos, films, and texts related to the Hunter S. Thompson's Battle of Aspen. Explore how artists, beatniks and other concerned citizens creatively fought against gentrification, oppression, war, and environmental destruction in the elections of 1969.

Freak Power tells the story of Thompson's plan to become sheriff, take control of Aspen and transform it from a conservative mining town into a mecca for artists, rebels and activists. Through original print material from the campaign, photographs and political art, Freak Power chronicles a little known period in Hunter S Thompson's life, a period when he wrote prolifically about politics, the environment, drugs, and American values. As the conservatives and Thompson led liberals battled it out, the campaign became fraught with violence, accusations and moments of absurdity that bordered on fiction. As weird a tale as Thompson ever wrote, his own forays into politics may have been his wittiest and wisest escapade of all.

Sponsor the MAH

Get in touch and learn more about how you or your business can help keep this event fun, affordable, and community-oriented.