Incredible vintage TV news footage of Diggers unearthed

Wow. December, 1966: Local (San Francisco) TV color news footage of a visit to the first Diggers Free Store/garage/studio location on Page Street, and an on-camera interview with the mysterious Billy Murcott (aka Billy Landout from Emmett Grogan’s Ringolevio), a Digger from early on and later the author of the visionary Mutants Commune manifesto. Tremendous find. Shocking, really, to see this turn up out of the blue after all of these years. And for you Deadheads: “Phil Lesh is seen helping to carry in a vat of soup” at 0:41.

View the two-minute clip here: Bay Area Television Archive

Longtime Diggers archivist Eric Noble has a round-up of what’s been discovered in the BATA archives so far:

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