This photo was discovered by our Photography Editor Joanne Warfield in her personal effects. To the best of her memory she knew the person on the far left (but could not remember the name) in Carmel, back in the early days hanging out with Joan Baez, Mimi Fariña, Dylan, the Byrds. The inscription on the back reads: “Me, Joan [Baez], John Lennon & Ira [Sandperl] at Beatles’ pad in Hollywood Hills. Aug. ’65.”

In 1957, sixteen-year-old Joan Baez met Gandhian scholar, Ira Sandperl, who became one of her strongest political influences. In the year this photograph was taken she and Ira founded the “Institute For The Study Of Nonviolence” in Carmel Valley, California. After area residents claimed that the onslaught of “hippies and free-love subversives” threatened property values, the Institute closed after one month, only to re-open without incident that December.

UPDATE: Thanks to all the many people who have written with their memories and stories surrounding these people and this time in history. The person on the left has been identified as Dr. William Coleman, Professor of Pediatrics at the Center for Development and Learning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The obvious connection would be between him and Joanne; however, neither can remember meeting the other. We have been in correspondence with both Coleman and his daughter, as well as with the son of Mr. Sandperl, who turned 83 in March and lives in Menlo Park, California.

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