Julia Chaplin Talks Gypset Style at Phoenix Art Museum

Despite Julia Chaplin's seemingly constant globe-trotting (she's recently spent time in Uruguay and Brazil, and travels to Mexico today), the writer insists she's an interloper -- a sort of Margaret Mead when it comes to understanding and documenting gypset culture.

What's "gypset"? It's pretty simple actually. Combine the roaming lifestyle of Gypsies with the dawn of '60s jetsetting air travel. 

Think The Beatles meditating with Maharishi Maresh Yogi ... and Mia Farrow, who'd recently divorced Frank Sinatra. Think trust fund twenty-somethings buying a jalopy in western Europe and driving the hippy trail to Asia. It's a marrying of privilege with the low-end and earthy.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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