Lost Sheep

Aspen’s Counterculture in the 1970s

by Kurt Brown


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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.


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Additional information


Conundrum Press









5.5 x 8.5

Publication Date

June 27, 2012

The Author

Kurt Brown

Kurt Brown

Poet and editor Kurt Brown was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up on Long Island and in Connecticut. His collections of poetry include Return of the Prodigals (1999), More Things in Heaven and Earth (2002), Fables from the Ark (2004), Future Ship (2007), No Other Paradise (2010), Time-Bound (2012), A Thousand Kim (2013), as well as six chapbooks. With his wife, the poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Brown translated The Plural of Happiness: Selected Poems of Herman de Coninck (2006). His memoir, Lost Sheep: Aspen’s Counterculture in the 1970s, was published in 2012. Former editor of the highly regarded journal, Aspen Anthology, Brown also edited numerous poetry anthologies, including Drive, They Said: Poems About Americans and Their Cars (1994); Night Out: Poems about Hotels, Motels, Restaurants and Bars (1997), with Laure-Anne Bosselaar; Verse & Universe: Poems about Science and Mathematics (1998); The Measured Word: On Poetry and Science (2001); Blues for Bill (2005), an anthology of poems for William Matthews; Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems (2007), coedited with Harold Schechter; and Killer Verse: Poems about Murder and Mayhem (2010), also with Harold Schechter. Brown founded the Aspen Writers’ Conference and Writers’ Conferences and Centers (WC&C), and taught poetry workshops at Sarah Lawrence College and Georgia Tech. He died in 2013.

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