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The Original Burning Man Takes a Look at the New

So lately, all of my friends have been talking about Burning Man and planning for this year’s festivities because a rumor has been floating around that this could be the last year it will ever happen. Whether this rumor is true or not, I’m really not sure.

I’ve never been to Burning Man myself, and I thought I knew the history behind it and kind of what it was all about, but not really. Whenever I heard about it, people only talked about rave-like dancing to electronic music, camping for a week and bringing your own supplies, naked people running around, and making it an excuse for a week-long drug session.

I mean, I love electronic music. Win. I live in San Francisco and if I cared about naked people running around, then I definitely would need to move. Win. I like camping and although I havent been for a week, I could try it. Win. But the thing about everyone surrounding me constantly being on drugs freaks me out, to be honest. Not that I’m totally against them, just don’t want to have to deal with it, really.

Anyways with all these burning questions in my mind if Burning Man is really what everyone says it is, I decided to go to the source and find out for myself.

I sat down with Jerry James and Mike Acker in Jerry’s Mill Valley home to talk about what started Burning Man. For those that don’t know, Jerry James is the original cofounder of Burning Man alongside Larry Harvey, and built and designed the first man in 1986. Mike Acker came along after he was hired by James in 1988 to build the third burning man at Baker beach.

We talked about them building the first original burning man, what they think of the event now, and how much it has changed over the years.

Listen to the audio story and enjoy!
It’s always good to know what something orignally was intended to be before diving into how it is now.

To see what Jerry and Mike are up to today, take a look at these websites and acknowledge their current work.