I Thought that it might be fun to start some discussions about Hippydom in the 60's & 70's.
I'm a child of the 50's and watched in awe as Rock & Roll was in it's early days and Hippydom was nascent.
I see from my first few weeks here that there are some of us that were around back then and who would be sure to have memories, good, bad and everything in-between about those days.
Back then so much change burst through my awareness and had real influences on how I viewed the world.
The music, the bands, festivals, the rebellion, the clothes, the smells, the attitudes, flower-power, the emergence of a global sub-culture, cannabis, LSD, OZ magazine, HoneyBunch Kaminski, free love, empowerment, self expression, alternative lifestyles, learning the etiquette and techniques of making and sharing a joint, pass it to the left, hitching everywhere, cheesecloth, psychedelia, Tie-dye, Afgan coats, coloured beads, Chillums and sticky black Afghani, Joss sticks, pachouli, odd attitudes from the older generations, Pink Floyd, Mama Cass, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Stones and of course The Beatles, Bob Dylan...... and so many more.
I lived it back then, slavishly for a while but then slowly getting absorbed into the mainstream, straight world, as I chased jobs to pay for the realities of life like rent, food, fuel, dope, then a mortgage and overdrafts, bills, bills, bills, becoming a slave to the system for many many years and I bet that there are some folks here who followed a similar path.
How many of us have now escaped that world and reverted back to simpler lifestyles ?
How many have managed to escape it altogether and stayed hippy throughout their life ?