There is no right way, no pure way of doing it. There is just doing it…We live in a post-authentic world. Today authenticity is a house of mirrors. It’s all just what you are bringing when the lights go down, its your teachers, your influences, your personal history. At the end of the day it’s the power and the purpose of your music that still matters.
These letters were syndicated round the world and were described by Richard Neville, the editor of the hippy magazine Oz, as “a classic New Left/psychedelic left dialogue”. They summed up a tension between two tendencies in the counterculture - the hippy strand that had come to the fore in the mid-60s and embraced self-expression, spirituality and “love”, and the leftwing radicalism that was sweeping the world in 1968 and was concerned with changing structures. These weren’t necessarily exclusive positions; they were more a question of emphasis and a lot of people had a foot in both camps. But there was still a tension between them, and the “Dear John” letters epitomised that tension.