During the 1960’s, the ‘hippies’ ushered in a counter-culture movement of peace, free love, compassion and good times that left the world forever changed. While many of us may not believe it, ours, our parent’s and our grandparent’s generation was most likely a part of that amazing revolution of love.
The Hippie movement was one of the main dissenting groups of 1960s counterculture. Hippies rejected established institutions of love, opposed nuclear weapons and the Vietnam War, embraced aspects of Eastern philosophy, championed sexual liberation, criticized middle class values of appearance over what was real, were often vegetarian and eco-friendly, promoted the use of psychedelic drugs which they believed expanded one’s consciousness, and created intentional communities or communes. They used alternative arts, street theatre, folk music, and psychedelic rock as a part of their lifestyle and as a way of expressing their feelings, their protests and their vision of the world and life. Hippies opposed political and social orthodoxy, choosing a gentle and nondoctrinaire ideology that favored peace, love, compassion and personal freedom, expressed for example in The Beatles’ song “All You Need is Love”. The Beatles played a massive role in expanding the Hippie movement, as their wonderful music touched hearts and motivated people to hear the message of love that was desperately needed in the war-torn time. Hippies perceived the dominant culture as a corrupt, monolithic entity that exercised undue power over their lives, calling this culture “The Establishment”, “Big Brother”, or “The Man”. Noting that they were “seekers of meaning and value”, scholars like Timothy Miller have described hippies as a new religious movement.
This series of pictures below show us just how beautiful, free and liberating choosing to live from a place of love in the heart can be. They show us that a life without love, good music and activism is really no life at all, and that their movement of love helped to make the world a better place.
1. A Couple in the Midst of Woodstock 1969.
2. 1967, Woburn Abbey, Hippies enjoy themselves at the 1967 Woburn Abbey Love In.
3. A mother and her child swim in the lake at the Alternative Media Conference at Goddard College, 1970
4. A topless woman dancing to Led Zeppelin at the Knebworth Festival in the UK, 1979.
5.The crowd cheer as musical acts perform at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival, 1969.
6 & 7. Left: A young couple is making love inside their tent, Isle of Wight Festival, 1969. Right: A nude woman stands before a crowd at a concert in Hyde Park, 1970.
8. June 22nd, 1970, A young woman topless and covered in body paint draws onlookers at the Music Festival of the Rising Sun at Mantorf, Sweden.
9. Dancing at Woodstock.
10. A Love Circle
11. A couple free dancing together while kneeling.
12. Make Love, Not Money.
14. Sharing is caring.
15. Woodstock 1969.
16 & 17. Flower Power.
18 & 19. Meditation, Peace & Love.
20. Of Course, There Was Plenty of Dancing….Because the Music Was AMAZING.
21. Resting after dancing.
22. Free Expression. Right on, man.
23. One with the heart.
24. Living Together.
25. Good Vibes.
Did you have any connection to the hippie movement?
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Peace and love.