Lost Sheep: Aspen’s Counterculture in the 1970s–A Memoir recounts the author’s journey from the “real” world of 1970s America to the rollicking, freedom-loving, outlaw world of Aspen. Blending personal narrative, local history, dramatic interlude, and cultural analysis, the story begins as a literal journey but quickly evolves into the memoir of an entire town–a time and place many consider to be Aspen’s “Golden Age,” when artists, eccentrics, and outlaws took over the city and transformed it into an alpine bohemia.
The noteworthy cast of characters–famous, infamous, and unknown–includes Claudine Longet, Jack Nicholson, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Steve Martin, and Ted Bundy. The local residents are even more colorful, from a woman who feeds her dog nothing but vegetables to a bookstore owner who believes in “psychic surgeries,” while everywhere art is being made–and a good deal of hay.
Author Kurt Brown founded the Aspen Writers’ Conference, and Writers’ Conferences & Centers. His poems have appeared in many literary periodicals, and he is the editor of several anthologies including his most recent (with Harold Schechter), Killer Verse:Poems About Mayhem and Murder from Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series.Tags: 1970s, Aspen, books, Brown, creative non-fiction, memoir