Barbara Williamson, "the most liberated woman in America," shares her life story for the first time in her amazing memoir, Free Love and the Sexual Revolution. Along with her husband, John "the messiah of sex," she founded the highly successful and controversial Sandstone Retreat in Malibu, California, in the late 1960s and early '70s. The couple started what became known as the hub of the sexual revolution.
The clothing-optional, alternate-lifestyle Sandstone Retreat was outrageously popular, with a membership reaching 500 and nearly 8,000 visitors. Long before today's reality television inundated the airwaves with its media personalities, Barbara and John Williamson were the darlings of the media, with newspapers, magazines, books, movies, and television shows clamoring for interviews.
University professors nationwide rushed to visit this new kind of unstructured free love community to view and study members joyously living an alternate lifestyle. The dress code was optional but almost everyone preferred nudity.
Based on mutual trust and friendship, the bond between John and Barbara grew so strong that they were inseparable for 47 years until his death.
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