Out of the 1960s counterculture explosion came a radical street group called the Diggers who became the heart and soul of the Haight-Ashbury experience. Among its founders was Peter Coyote who has taken his memoirs of this anarchic and psychedelic era and woven them into a collection of stories from his life in San Francisco to communes and gypsy years on the road becoming part of the Free Family. It was during this time that Coyote developed his political consciousness continuing to define and refine it through the years. Named after a group of seventeenth century free-thinkers in England, the Diggers dedicated themselves to building a new morality in place of the money-hungry capitalistic society, cutting through the cultural propaganda via the medium of both street theater and “free” programs. They began to distribute free food, provide free medical care and sponsor free rock concerts in Golden Gate Park featuring musicians like the Grateful Dead. They burned money, left its ashes and set out to create the condition they described. “We imagined a world in which we could live authentically, without the pressures of economics dictating all personal choices. We made it real by acting it out.” –Peter Coyote
Sleeping Where I Fall describes the stories behind that pursuit of absolute freedom, stories which are not only entertaining but a testament to the human spirit and the dreams of that generation and the groundwork it laid for the future.