By Emmett Grogan
After retiring from the scene in late 1969, Emmett wrote his account of the
adventures (and misadventures) of the previous decade and Ringolevio was
published in 1972. Many of his compatriots felt betrayed and (even to this day)
refused to read the book. Many others (myself included) who had not been present
at most or all of the actual events cherished Ringolevio which (to us)
captured the purity of vision the Diggers represented. Granted there were flaws
of ego and machismo and braggadocio. But, man, what a story Grogan could weave.
My intent is to have a full-text, searchable version here. For now, this page
has links to the scanned (uncorrected) files that pick up the second half of
Ringolevio, starting on page 209 with a dedication to Matthew "Peanut"
Johnson, the sixteen year-old kid who was shot and killed by a policeman in Hunter's Point, San
Francisco, September, 1966, thus precipitating a paradigm shift in the
evolving Digger consciousness.
Update (2016): we now have a full-text, searchable PDF version of
Ringolevio, Section Three
(the Haight history).