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eLenaLicious's avatar

I need help! Anybody know anything about hippies?

Asked by eLenaLicious (822points) April 10th, 2010

Specifically, why they do what they do, hippie fashion, the hippie movement, are there still any existing today; if so, where?
Any popular “hippie spots” other than the well-known Woodstock?

I have U.S. History homework where we have to draw ourselves as a hippie and then on the back of the poster, write out a small autobiography about them. Like what their name is, where they live, what they do…
Please and thank you! :)

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Foxtrot's avatar

This would usually be when students do their own research…

eLenaLicious's avatar

@Foxtrot yeah I know :/
That’s what I’m doing, but I guess it would be nice for others to share their own knowledge too. If you don’t wanna help, don’t.

lloydbird's avatar

The Woodstock Festival would be a good starting point. It probably marked the zenith of the (alleged) movement. Look it up. Peace!

Coloma's avatar

I’m 50 so a bit under the line for the 60’s, but not much difference.
The ‘Hippies’ of the 60’s were the counter culture generation for peace, love, anti-war and bucking the system. lol

Yes, a Woodstock documentary would be enlightening.

Also research ’ The summer of Love’ and the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisico.

The hippie movement began in Northern California, Berkley, San Francisco Bay area.

Peace. v

figbash's avatar

There’s a lot of information on this subject if you simply Google it. I think if you took the time to really study it, it would be interesting and fun.

Silhouette's avatar

Being a hippy meant questioning authority, and its power. It was about peace, and not wanting to hurt others. The long hair was out of rebellion. It was used to send a statement that you won’t be told how to look, or live. There are still millions of us who are hippies, only without our long hair. I’m a hippie and you can find me here every now and then.

Jeruba's avatar

Look up “Summer of Love.” Follow links from there. There’s tons of information.

There were big hippie communities not just in California but also in New York, Boston/Cambridge (I was there), and lots of other places. California was the place, though. San Francisco.

Peace, love, freedom, brotherhood. Music, psychedelic colors, long hair and bare feet. “Tune in, turn on, drop out.” “Don’t trust anyone over thirty.”

Man, it was fun. Serious, too. But fun.

rahm_sahriv's avatar

Haight-Ashbury. Like others have mentioned, google it. Some other key phrases might be counter culture, anti-war movement (in reference to Vietnam), Timothy Leary…

lloydbird's avatar

@Jeruba Please, please, post a picture of yourself in those days.
Please. Peace.

ucme's avatar

There’s a hole in my shoe & it’s letting in water,letting in waaaaaterrrrr!! Peace out save the whale.I believe this is how one would converse with those ghastly creatures.Only kidding…..they’d rather save the seals!!

MagsRags's avatar

You’re right, @Jeruba it was fun. And serious. I nearly got run down by a motorist protesting against the Vietnam war outside my college in suburban Chicago. I was in downtown Chicago for marches against the war and when Sly and the Family Stone didn’t show up for their free concert at Grant Park – that caused a near riot.

There are still enclaves of folks living the hippie lifestyle. I live in Eugene Oregon, home to a lot of old and young hippies. Eugene is the annual host to the Oregon Country Fair, three days of peace, love, freedom, laughter and music. Burning Man also comes to mind, for a modern continuation of hippie ideals, or the Rainbow family. Google both.

anartist's avatar

Turn ON Tune And Drop Out!!!

Or as the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers would say:
Dope will get you through times with no money better than money will get you through times with no dope!

Silence04's avatar

Any music multiday camping music festival will draw hippies, not to be confused with hipsters (look hippie for trend purposes)... Bonnaroo, rothbury, wannee, bear creek, etc

anartist's avatar

It is so weird to be history. I knew someone in college who was the “Chief BooHoo for Neo American Church of LSD” her license plates said LSD 25.

OneMoreMinute's avatar

What a Groovey topic for History! I had to study WAR! Hugh! What isit good for?

Tie dyed clothes, worn raggy hip-hugger bell bottomed jeans and love beads. Those hip cats wore patchouli oil to cover up the pot/cig smoke, and burned strawberry incense while they gathered in love ins and made love not war. You could find them at any head store picking out the coolest hippest albums and going to the Ragstock to buy a fringed leather jacket and a headband.

Long hair and afros, drinking Strawberry Hill on the bumber of the car in the parking lot being cool! Far out man!

Peace baby! have fun with the school project…then maybe drop out!

hey, can I bum a smoke, I’ll pay ya back! Thanks man, be cool!

wundayatta's avatar

Bell bottoms. Tie died T-shirts. Communes. Peace (anti Vietnam war). Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. The Haight. The summer of love.

I was about three years too young, but I was a wannabe. Hippies wanted to know why things had to be the way their parents did it. How could their parents allow the war and discrimination? The women’s movement sported a hippy or two. People living in cars and sleeping on beaches and attending concerts and political rallies….

Oh. And acid. Lots and lots of acid. Mind-blowing trips. Learning the secrets of the cosmos with Timothy Leary.

Oh God! Where has the time gone? Kids these days are studying what I lived through. It’s a total mystery to them. How long can it be before they are shuffling me off to the old age home?

Jeruba's avatar

@lloydbird, I don’t know if I have one! At 19, when I was in college, my hair was dark honey blonde and came halfway down my back. I wore it loose, of course. (At 15 I had my waist-length hair cut short just because everyone else was starting to grow theirs long then!) I pierced my own ears one night after my parents went to bed, while I was home on break. I had a couple of straight cotton shifts that I lived in, shifts having been the rebellious answer to Donna Reed shirtwaists and Shelley Fabares skirts and sweaters. We hadn’t all moved into jeans yet. I also had some miniskirts.

I went barefoot for almost an entire semester and wore sunglasses day and night so I would look stoned even though I (mostly) wasn’t. I wore beads and played the guitar and sang songs I learned from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and Pete Seeger albums, spurning the popular folkies like the New Christy Minstrels and PP&M because they were “too commercial” (I’ve learned a few things about “commercial” since then).

I dropped out of school at 19 and went back to the parental suburbs, and then I got a little apartment in Boston where I could be a straight office clerk by day and a hippie by night (a lot of us were part-time hippies because we didn’t want to live with our parents and we didn’t want to be broke either). I was as free as a free spirit can be who still has to pay the rent.

By the time I went back to college 4 years later (and graduated), most of the fun was over, and I was older than my classmates, but there was still a generational mood, and I was caught up in it, as were most of my peers.

If anyone took a picture of me then, aside from the Boston Herald, whose photographer picked me to shoot one night on Boston Common reading a comic book by candlelight and stuck me on the front page as a representative of the population that convened every night for tribal fellowship, I guess it must have been in my civilian garb. I don’t think I have any pictures at all from that period, not even of my old boyfriends, alas.

Whenever we go over to Felton and Ben Lomond and some of the other small communities tucked away in the Santa Cruz mountains, it is like a time warp. I can see people who would have sat next to me when the cast of Hair gave a free concert on a Sunday afternoon in a Boston park, but now they’re driving derelict pickups and buying organic produce. They still wear tie-dye, and their ponytails are gray.

anartist's avatar

Any college community had inexpensive places where off-campus students lived. In the 60s it was primarily college students exploring the world while still [often] at least partly supported by their parents.
It wasn’t a “movement” it was an exploratory life style

The press made up the term “hippies” as sort of a juvenilization of the older term “hipster”—
read this Time Magazine article for then-current perceptions July 7, Time magazine featured a cover story entitled, “The Hippies: The Philosophy of a Subculture.”

There are people still living this way. The not-always complimentary term “aging hippie“has been used to describe them. The original word was “hippy” but the term is so often used in the plural that has been forgotten.
Dylan was a major spokesman for a lot of the attitudes. Leary’s book “The Psychedelic Experience” was considered to be a guide to the inner discoveries of LSD [it was based on the Tibetan Book of The Dead, which had been used as the guide book]. Peace activism was also going on then. Clothes often came from thrift shops, often the first that college students had ever seen and fashions tended to reflect that.

alive's avatar

fluther isn’t really a homework-help-kind-o-thing. becareful that you aren’t just getting a bunch of people’s opinions that are very possible bad memories from a long time ago and hazy from drugs and alcohol use (*not aimed at anyone specific).

if i was you though, i would look up a few notable bands from the 1960’s and early 70’s, youtube their songs and read their lyrics. this will give you a good starting point and a lot of insight into what hippie beliefs were, esp. about politics and ways of life.

FutureMemory's avatar

I wonder how grammatically correct Jeruba’s protest signs were.

Coloma's avatar


Are you serious! lolololol

So every 60’s & 70’s person is brain damaged? hahaha

Oh yes, there was plenty of haze in those days, but the vast majority of us are still quite sharp.



Jeruba's avatar

@FutureMemory, I’ll have you know I’ve been grammatically correct since the seventh grade. But I didn’t carry signs. I carried a guitar.

aprilsimnel's avatar

The hippies were right!

And there are people actually living the hippie life today, as evidenced by that site I linked you to.

jazmina88's avatar

okay…..i’m a hippie from the 80s….they are still around….still at music fests…..hippie bands widespread panic, phish, moe., The Dead. Bonnaroo, all good, waukarusa.

They like organic products, recycling , music and taking care of each other, most of the time.

names – rainbow…...moonflower still in some vans.

dpworkin's avatar

I ran away from home in 1966 and ended up living in San Francisco through 1968. A lot of good music in those days at The Filmore. That’s why I’m half deaf.

lloydbird's avatar

Thanks. A great picture indeed.

gammy6's avatar

Hi…yep..I was a real live “hippie”. I attended Woodstock. I wore the clothes. And then I grew up, got married, became a mom, and lived a corporate materialistic life..are you disappointed? Most of us went into the mainstream as real grown ups and lived “normal” lives. I only kept one thing from those days to this moment…my birkenstocks! Those I could never give up!! Good luck to you on your project and Peace…

WestRiverrat's avatar

If you can get to a Grateful Dead concert, GO.

Also research Timothy Leary and Abby Hoffman.

talljasperman's avatar

Watch Eric Cartman in “South Park” he has an unique view on Hippies

janbb's avatar

As far as locations, Haight-Ashbury in San Fran, the East Village in NYC, various communes in the countryside…...

Remember that in addition to all the fluff like the drugs, open sex and flower-power clothes (“If you can remember the 60s, you weren’t there”), there was a serious underlying idea about forming a new society based on sharing, lack of materialism, and opposition to the war in Vietnam.

anartist's avatar

my booboo[in case anyone noticed]
Turn ON Tune IN and Drop OUT

jazmina88's avatar

There is a documentary on right now….Woodstock Now and Then…..History Network.

Bugabear's avatar

They’re Communists. And they love nature. As for fashion and such just look at the 60’s. As for any existing today there’s my neighbor.

dutchbrossis's avatar

My dad is a hippie. It is about peace, love, being good to people. Anti-war people such as myself. Definitely questioning authority such as I do, I say f**k everyone else who judges me for what I do. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone there isn’t anything wrong with it. I know there are a lot of hippies in Oregon and I have heard in Vermont.

Also people, isn’t fluther a great place for research and getting information. If you don’t get all you need here, then go try google or something :-)

filmfann's avatar

My daughter works at Haight & Ashbury in a body piercing shop. She gets lots of tourists thru there, looking for the hippies.
Most of today’s hippies are up in Humboldt County. They have dropped the politics, but still live the fashion and lifestyle.

jazmina88's avatar

guys, hippies are everywhere. KY, TN, OH, FL, europe….so there are communities in VT. There are tons of us. Not just in Humboldt. maybe they are a majority in those are places, but I see them anyplace.

Coloma's avatar

Heres another one in Northern Ca. :-)

faye's avatar

Canada’s hippies go live on the Salt Sea Islands on the coast of British Columbia. I embrace half the hippy life, clothes (no bra), incence, long hair with ribbons and beads braided into it,, sex, love and rock’n roll. We could sit for hours with coffee or beer/wine, joints, and talk about the world and what we could do. But I went to become a nurse an never got into the politics. I have a few pictures and I’ve kept 2 of my Indian cotton shirts! We were all for vegetarianism- not for health but because of the way animals were raised and killed. Lots of people used acid on bits of blotting paper- we asked to buy a blotter.

slick44's avatar

Just look up Manson. he was a hippi, and look what he accomplised.

thriftymaid's avatar

@slick44 Sort of a narrow view of hippies.

thriftymaid's avatar

This is an easy topic to research for your school project. I’ll let you do your own homework this time.

slick44's avatar

ya but he was an interesting hippi.

filmfann's avatar

I’m holding onto my Charles Manson story for a more suitable question.

slick44's avatar

@filmfann like what? ask us a we can hear your story. im fasinated

FutureMemory's avatar

Thinking about this question has given me a new appreciation and sense of gratitude that my parents were (still are, more or less) hippies. During my formative years (ages 3 to 8), I exclusively attended private, hippy-ish schools. My folks were dirt poor, yet somehow managed to scrape up enough dough to make sure I was in an environment they felt was in line with their late 60’s sensibilities of peace, love, brotherhood, kindness, cooperation and acceptance. I attribute much of who I am today to those early years of “hippie” education.

Way to go mom and dad!

filmfann's avatar

So you’re blaming them?

Jeruba's avatar

@FutureMemory, have you ever told them how much you appreciate that?

FutureMemory's avatar

@Jeruba Not yet. I plan to call my mother tomorrow morning :)

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