24 Ways The Hippies Out Did Themselves

Cool before they even knew what cool was. Originally taken from ‘Hipster’, the term “hippie” was used to describe beatniks who found their technicolor heart in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco; children of the road who believed they should make love, not war.

Body paint – Flower Power y’all


Flower power was a slogan used during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of passive resistance and non-violence ideology It is rooted in the opposition movement to the Vietnam War. The expression was coined by the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 1965 as a means to transform war protests into peaceful affirmative spectacles. Hippies embraced the symbolism by dressing in clothing with embroidered flowers and vibrant colors, wearing flowers in their hair, and distributing flowers to the public, becoming known as flower children.

Naked campfire jam sessions


Hippies used music to express themselves emotionally, spiritually, and politically. Music can make a statement, give voice to a movement, even unite us. As hippies explore their inner world, music guides them along in their quest for meaning. Without drugs it can get you high. With drugs, well, let's just say, music can be a religious experience.

Why just shot gun a beer when you could take a growler to the face?


Many of the hundreds of thousands of rock fans were high on either drugs or wine as they gathered here to enjoy the free Altamont concert by the Rolling Stones and other rock groups. This young man (foreground) takes a deep belt from his jug, as he enjoys the music completely nude.


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Topless one-woman protest


Stripper Candy Love is arrested for going topless in front of City Hall in a one-person protest.

1st outdoor camping festival paving the way for Black Rock City


We couldn’t believe how many people had gotten there. The crowd filled the hills, all the way to the horizon. It was the biggest crowd I’d ever been in. This was Woodstock!

Party buses


Does anybody REALLY remember how absolutely fabulous this was? I mean, anybody that wants to blame on hippies can rest assured they did two things better than any other societal movement...They knew how to LOVE and they knew how to PARTY!

Crossfit?


Over 400,000 people crammed onto some farmland in New York listening to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who, among others while drinking beer, making friends and soaking up the summer sun? Yeah, sounds like a pretty good time to me. Bring on summer.


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The temple


Hippies at Glastonbury Festival in 1971 celebrate the summer solstice with music and dancing. A chance meeting on the nearby Tor with set designer Bill Harkin resulted in the Pyramid Stage, which came to the Liverpudlian a dream. David Bowie played, Nic Roeg filmed proceedings, and the festival took root.

Long hair don’t care


American singer Rita Coolidge, born of Cherokee and white parentage, wife and recording partner of Kris Kristofferson. Rita is seen amongst the flowers of Hyde Park, London.

Throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care


I know that it's one of the most common lines in pop music but that's all I can remember considering I was born in 1995. I remember it being played all the time at theme park rides and it was my favorite song as a little kid.

Freedom of speech


Cannabis opens doorways in your brain that elicit increased creativity. The altered state of perception makes creating fun, and actually makes your mind more malleable to learning skills. Yes hippies knew this.


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Good vibes


70’s hippie girl topless and smoking in the audience at the Knebworth rock festival.

Water hammock


They came in search of free love, free energy and free cannabis, but what happened to the expat hippies who found Nirvana on the edge of an Australian volcano?

Commune or Playboy Mansion?


Father Yod or YaHoWha, born James Edward Baker, was the American owner of one of the country's first health food restaurants, on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. He founded a spiritual commune in the Hollywood Hills known as the Source Family. He was also lead singer of the commune's experimental psychedelic rock band, Ya Ho Wha 13.

Psychedelic wedding


Maybe that's because there were 140 people living in just a three-bedroom house. The family built sleeping platforms outdoors on the hillside; they also "used the attic, and then took a few of the large rooms and hallways and ingeniously built what father called 'beehives' or 'cubbyholes.' These 'cubbies' were basically wooden bunks, built of 4' x 8' sheets of plywood, four feet above one another, from floor to ceiling.


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Topless sunbathing


In the latter half of the sixties, a generation with an energy and a vision appeared on the horizon - a dramatic force that brought the American conservative scene to a halt. The young decided to take destiny into their own hands, and shape a future of love and caring. Many groups formed communes throughout the nation.

Clothing optional athletics


Beach volleyball at Taylor Camp. In 1969 Howard Taylor owned seven acres on Kauai’s North Shore and invited a group of young men, women, and children who had recently been arrested for vagrancy—the 13 original colonists, so to speak—to set up camp there.

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouses


John and Marie's house with Buffalo Bil's loft. “But Taylor Camp wasn’t a commune,” Wehrheim writes in the introduction. “It had no guru, no clearly defined leadership, and never had a single voice. It had no written ordinances. It wasn’t a democracy. It was much more than that: a community guided by a spirit that created order without rules.”

One with Nature


Hippies attempted a back to the land ideology, fishing and farming, while also relying on welfare and food stamps.


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Rain dances


Taylor camp, as it became known, was named after Howard Taylor, the actress's older brother who owned the stretch of land on the north shore of Kauai. At these photo you see Jeannie’s sunset dance.

Breast feeding


Taylor Camp covered an area of 7 acres (2.8 ha) and at its peak it had a population of 120Cherry with Moses upstairs after nursing.

Boy bands


That is when I found the most amazing thing of all. Every band sent a picture of themselves with their packets; these photos chronicled the outstanding fashion trends of the 70s.

Water preservation


Rainbow Gatherings were temporary loosely knit communities of people who congregate annually in remote forests around the world for one or more weeks at a time to enact a supposedly shared ideology of peace, harmony, freedom, and respect.


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