Overview and Analysis
The typical hippie of the sixties belonged to the white middle class. This movement wanted to separate from the norm. Throughout the 1950s people were urged to be the same and stay within the crowd. As the counter culture grew, fashion changed, music changed, and other types of art also changed. Our youth stopped seeing the point in having a family and a house in the suburbs. Soon they developed their own values that involved peace, love, and rock ‘n’ roll. Many participants in the movement sought to fulfill their lives through spiritual and religious experiences. Soon people began teaching eastern religion like Zen Buddhism. Thousands of young Americans began learning from spiritual gurus and learned about mystical meditation, self contemplation, and institution.
Since many people looked down on the way the counter culture wanted to live their lives, the hippies began protesting to injustices they saw in the conformed society. Many hippies also participated in New Left protests, specifically regarding the Vietnam War. However, some protested by simply leaving society to live in rural communes or urban crash pads. The event that everyone thinks about when they think about the counter culture movement isWoodstock. This peaceful protest planned to house 120,000people was held on a farm in upstateNew York. However instead of 120,000, 400,000 people attended this event. For three days the times biggest bands and artists performed. This significant protest is still known today as peaceful and well organized.
These protests were effective in telling society the intentions of hippies and the counter culture. They didn’t want anarchy, they just had different values and that was why people persecuted them. To many typical Americans, the counter culture was contradictory. This was because people thought that the hippies possessed the freedom they protested for. Today these people are still judged for their values. Although the counter culture isn’t as present as it was in the 1960s and 70s, if you want to find people with the same views as the hippies, you can.

Bob Dylan – Times They Are a Changin’
Come gather 'round peopleWherever you roarAnd admit that the watersAround you have grownAnd accept it that soonYou'll be drenched to the boneIf your time to youIs worth savin'Then you better start swimmin'Or you'll sink like a stoneFor the times they are a-changin'.Come writers and criticsWho prophesize with your penAnd keep your eyes wideThe chance won't come againAnd don't speak too soonFor the wheel's still in spinAnd there's no tellin' whoThat it's namin'For the loser nowWill be later to winFor the times they are a-changin'.Come senators, congressmenPlease heed the callDon't stand in the doorwayDon't block up the hallFor he that gets hurtWill be he who has stalledThere's a battle outsideAnd it is ragin'It'll soon shake your windowsAnd rattle your wallsFor the times they are a-changin'.Come mothers and fathersThroughout the landAnd don't criticizeWhat you can't understandYour sons and your daughtersAre beyond your commandYour old road isRapidly agin'Please get out of the new oneIf you can't lend your handFor the times they are a-changin'.The line it is drawnThe curse it is castThe slow one nowWill later be fastAs the present nowWill later be pastThe order isRapidly fadin'And the first one nowWill later be lastFor the times they are a-changin'.

Lyrics Freak. 2012. Lyrics Freak. March 12, 2012. http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bob+dylan/the+times+they+are+a+changin_20021240.html

Bob Dylan’s lyrics are informing people in the 60’s that routine and habit is changing in the form of music, lifestyle, and hobbies. The point he is trying to get through is that if older generations stay stuck in their ways and don’t accept the new styles of life, they will eventually be outnumbered by changes; it’s best to stick with the times. This relates with 60’s hippies because they were different than most people due to new drugs such as acid and weed and even visual art and music changed. The counter-culture would surround you whether you liked it or not.


This picture of a psychedelic colored peace sign with bubble letters spelling, “imagine,” represents not only the drug use and creative art of the 60’s hippie’s movement, but the idealistic dream of peace as well. In the 60’s, hippie’s stood for anti-war and they were all about making peace with the world and being unique and different. They often started large groups (such as Woodstock) of music and art being represented to express the times; often about anti-Vietnam protests or weed, acid, and other drugs shown throughout inspirational, psychedelic art.

Hippies during the 60’s would do everything against what the status quo. They set their minds free using psychedelic drugs and rock and roll. Hippies weren't just people who didnt care about anything, they simply didn't want to be like everyone else in the country.

Woodstock Generation Video
This video sums up, quickly, years of the counter culture movement. people enjoyed the different drugs and music during the time. most of their actions were direct oppositions normality and and the picture of Americas perfect society.

1960s-Hippies-Fashion-300x261.jpg In this picture, these people were Hippies. They wore colorful clothing, ragged jeans and military clothing. They would also integrate Native American accessories and ornaments into their clothing. Hippies often grew out their hair and beards, to them this mean they had their own freedom and that they could do what ever they wanted to. Older generations thought of long hair to be a lack of respect to social conventions

theaterdome.jpgHippies often lived in communes or “crash pads” with others such as this one shown in the picture. They gave up their private property in order to live together and work in cooperation and harmony. Hippies started to live in Chicago’s Old Town, Atlanta’s Fourteenth Street, New York’s City’s Greenwich Village and San Francisco’s Haigth-Ashbury. Most Hippies lived in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco mainly for the availability of

psychedelic-lsd-006.jpg Hippies were usually involved in things such as “Rock n’ Roll” and wearing extremely colorful clothing, but the number one thing they usually messed around with was the illegal use of drugs. Hippies would smoke marijuana and use the drug called LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), which was a strong hallucinogenic drug. They saw the use of LSD as a “Liberating” substance that would help find their own inner peace.


This page briefly explains the Hippie movement in the 1960’s without missing out on any basic information. “Though not all of hippie culture is good” (Allen, Precious). In this quote, the drug usage of the hippie culture is mentioned. Marijuana and LSD were most commonly a hippie’s preferred drug.


This page goes more in depth about the Hippie movement and provides links to other pages explaining exactly what everything mentioned is. Here, we see that the Hippie movement was more than just a bunch of young, drug-users. Hippies were also anti-war activists who participated in marches and protesting with various signs such as the peace sign and statements like “Make love, not war.” They also had a massive impact on the musical world. Groups like The Beatles and Jefferson Airplane, and singers like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan are still known and loved by many people around the nation today.

After all these years, people may say that the hippie counter culture has disappeared. However, it has not; because of all the protesting and demonstrating people now are encouraged to express themselves and be more nonconformist than ever. Today you can still find communes filled with people who share the same beliefs as hippies. Still, people believe that hippies aren’t what our society needs when our society wouldn’t be what it is without the counter culture movement. With all the creativity now in society, it’s safe to say that the counter culture completed their goal. People aren’t ridiculed for standing away from the crowd, people speak out against war, and many people have taken to the habit of expressing themselves through music, art, and many others.

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