From: Paul Ham, Vietnam: the Australian War (HarperCollins, 2007)
Chapter 34: Australian Viet Cong
"The Vietnam Action Committee was not truly anti-war; it supported the war in the sense that it wanted Hanoi and the National Liberation Front to win."
Peter Edwards, Australian historian.
Dr Jim Cairns, Bob Gould, Albert Langer, Michael Hyde, Jean McLean, Brian Laver, Jack Mundey, Mike Jones, Germaine Greer, Allan Ashbolt, Ann Curthoys, Hall Greenland, Bernie Taft, Meredith Burgmann, Norman Rothfield, Tony Dalton, Harry Van Moorst, Anne Summers, Garrie Hutchinson, Michael Hamel-Green, Michael Matteson, Father Val Noone, Francis James, Michael Leunig, Bruce Petty, Richard Neville, the ‘New Left’, Students for a Democratic Society, the Monash Labour Club, La Trobe, the Vietnam Action Campaign, SOS, the Communist Party of Australia, the Independent Communist Party of Australia, the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist), Oz, Lot’s Wife, Nation Review, New Statesman, Tribune, Resist, Black Dwarf, Ramparts, Old Mole, Red Moat, L’Enrage, Black Barb, Red Ned, The Spanner and Sickle, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Maoists, Trotskyists, libertarians, anarchists, Leninists, Democratic Socialists, Social Democrats, Mao Tse-tung, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Uncle Ho, Jean-Paul Sartre, Bertrand Russell, Herbert Marcuse, Norman Mailer, Tariq Ali, Roland Barthes, Noam Chomsky, Dr Benjamin Spock, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Wolfe, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Truman Capote, Timothy Leary, Henry Miller, Simone de Beauvoir, Peter Brook, Le Corbusier, Stanley Kubrick, Andy Warhol, Jean Arp, Jacques Derrida, Malcom X, Federico Fellini, Warren Beatty, Louis Malle, Jerzy Grotowski, Sigmound Freud, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, Lucian Freud, Joseph Beuys, Marilyn Monroe, Mary Quant, Yogi, Twiggy, Marianne Faithful, Ursula Andress, Jane Fonda, Yves Saint Laurent, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dr Zhivago, Bonnie and Clyde, Dr Strangelove, Hair, Marat/Sade, The Graduate, Deep Throat, Easy Rider, M.A.S.H., Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Barbarella, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Midnight Cowboy, Don’s Party, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Catcher in the Rye, Portnoy’s Complaint, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, On The Road, The Little Red Book, The Little Red School Book, Kama Sutra, feminism, structuralism, existentialism, Marxism, Dadaism, conceptualism, the Beautiful People, proletariat, bourgeoisie, hippies, civil rights, women’s lib, gay rights, Flower Power, Black Power, the Beat Generation, Paris, Haight-Ashbury, Rive Gauche, Berkeley, St Germaine, King’s Road, Altamont, Kent State, Carnaby Street, Greenwich Village, Woodstock, the Berlin Wall, ‘the Year of Protest’, ‘the Summer of Love’, ’the Age of Aquarius’, ‘Make Love Not War’, ‘Free the Female Body’, ‘Burn the Bra’, ‘Give Peace a Chance’, ‘Bury Lynch/Lynch Bury’, ‘DraftBeer, Not Boys’, ‘Hell No, We won’t go!’, ‘One side right, one side wrong/Victory to the Viet Cong!’, ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ/How many kids did you kill today?’, ‘Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh/There to struggle/There to win!’, ‘One, Two, Three, Four/ We don’t want your fucking war/Five, Six, Seven, Eight/Stop the bombs, Negotiate!’, love-ins, sit-ins, teach-ins, street theatre, the Factory, the moon-walk, dialectical materialism, tune-ins, fellatio, drop-outs, communes, happenings, free sex, the Pill, abortion, free love, cunnilingus, contraception, baby boomers, beads, flares, the bikini, the mini-skirt, nudity, hair, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, the Grateful Dead, The Mamas and the Papas, Country Joe McDonald, Bob Dylan, The Doors, the Small Faces, Joe Cocker, the Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Velvet Underground, The Who, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ Club Band, grass, pot, hashish, speed, Mary Jane, bongs, Buddha, LSD, barrels, strawberry fields, Californian sunshine, coke, magic mushrooms, scag, No. 9, purple hearts, hearts and minds, hallucinogenics, heroin, helter-skelter, WHAM…..
This tumble of people, pop and paraphernalia provided the stuffing of the social revolution in Australia during the 1960s; these were some of voices, sounds and influences that heralded the overthrow of the established order.