1996 was a turning point for Burning Man. It was also the last year co-founder John Law attended. Two people were run over in their tents. And another person died in a head-on collision right before the gates opened. The next year, organizers tried to tame the chaos with a bunch of new rules and a grid of streets. It was too much of a compromise for Law. So, he walked away. We talked about that and more at his office in Tribune Tower in Oakland.
Producer: David Boyer Engineer: Gabe Grabin Music: Erik Pearson Associate Producer: Jonathan Davis Tracking Guru: Jenee Darden
Special thanks to the Pigmalions, Versed, BMIR and all the peeps who shared a moment and/or a story.
Produced with the technical and emotional support of KALW, and the financial support of SF Arts Commission and California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the NEH.