A movement that started in the ’60s in San Francisco and spread all over the world, focusing on peace, love, and freedom.
History of the hippie movement:
In the ’60s drugs, music and art were brought together in San Francisco. The hippie movement started as a subculture of society. It was a reaction to a lot of things going on in the world at that time: poverty, Vietnam war, civil rights issues…
It was also a result of many people experimenting with new drugs like marijuana, LSD, and psilocybin. The hippie movement was all about peace, love, freedom, and living in harmony with nature. They believed that everything (including people) is connected.
It didn’t last very long though. It started to fade away in the ’70s when violent political protests became more common.
Some famous symbols from the hippie movement:
• peace sign, Flower power, love beads, bell bottoms, granny glasses, tie-dye t-shirts with pictures of women’s breasts on them (The Who wore them), Smiley face
• The Beatles and the Grateful Dead were both very influential bands for this counterculture. The Beatles even produced their own record label called “Apple”
• Woodstock summer festival (1969) was the largest hippie gathering ever, at 400 000 people. It represented peace, love, and freedom.
Music & drugs:
Hippies used music to spread their message of peace and love. They were very interested in spirituality and experimental drugs like LSD.
They were also very aware of the impact music can have on people and how it can influence society.
Hippies were very interested in art, especially psychedelic art that could reflect their vision of peace, love, and freedom. Psychedelic dreams are also reflected in some songs by The Beatles (Lucy in the sky with diamonds).
Hippies were against the government and the establishment. They protested against the Vietnam war, poverty, and civil rights issues. They protested in a peaceful manner through marches or gatherings.
Their protests sometimes turned violent when police intervened, that’s how the hippie movement started to fade away. The Yippies started to appear around this time and they were even more radical than the hippies.
Some famous people of history who were part of the hippie movement:
• Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles
• Steve Jobs (Apple), Charles Manson (murdered some people and believed he was a manifestation of Jesus Christ)
• John Lennon, Yoko Ono (they protested against the Vietnam war)
• Jim Morrison (The Doors), Abbie Hoffman (leader of yippies)
Some other interesting facts about the hippie movement:
The first-ever “be-in” happened in 1967. It was a gathering of 70 000 people in San Fransisco and it represented the ideas and beliefs of the hippie movement.
The Grateful Dead were banned from performing at Altamont Speedway after two men died while trying to get inside the place. That created even more tension between hippies and police, which led to violence at their concerts.
The hippie movement started in San Fransisco as a subculture that was against everything that had to do with war, the establishment, and racism. They believed that everything is connected and they were very concerned about nature too.
They promoted peace, love, freedom, creativity, openness to new ideas. They used music, drugs, art to spread their message and influence society,
They were banned from performing at concerts because they were becoming too violent when police intervened. The hippie movement was fading away in the ’70s when political protests became more common.