The Trippy Days
“Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, no need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people sharing all the world.” This is a famous quote by John Lennon, a key model figure in the “counter-culture era”. If I invented a time machine and traveled back through time, I would stop in the year 1964. During this time period, the world started to change from a black and white opinion to the freedom for individuals to do and think as they please. The counter-culture era was a period when long held values and norms of behavior suddenly broke down, especially among the young. Teenagers ...view middle of the document...
They believed mainstream culture was corrupt and tried to replace it with a utopian society. Rejecting middle class values, and opposing the Vietnam War, they embraced a new meaning of life. The life that focused on peace, love, and personal freedom not political or social violence. The hippies were founded on their psychedelic opinions and the embracement of sexual feelings. Marijuana and LSD were a means to explore altered states of consciousness, however, they tended to avoid the harder drugs such as heroin or any other addictive, harmful drugs. They wore bright colors purchased from second hand shops, jewelry with large beads, and sandals or even no shoes at all. Men wore long hair, mustaches, and beards. Woman wore no make up and often wore no shirt at all. Anything to differentiate them from the norm is what they did. The peace sign became the official logo and the Volks Wagon bus was their official means of transportation. The buses were painted with bright, colorful graphics and were big enough to pack up and travel to where the excitement was at any given time. Hippies, like gypsies, traveled many different places in short periods of time. Hitchhiking was common and safe back then. One of the first big events that I wish I could have attended was the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York. On August 15, 1969, five hundred thousand people gathered at a six hundred acre dairy farm to listen to the sweet sounds of the greatest musicians of the time period. Joan Baez, Santana, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix played for three days as people tripped out, made love, and covered themselves in mud. This event was the first time young people felt empowered as individuals. There were very minimal injuries and no deaths, which is very rare for that large amount of people and would never happen in todays world. The counter culture lifestyle integrated many of the ideas and indulgences of the time. Peace, love, harmony music, meditation, and psychedelics were embraced as ways of expanding ones conscious. The people of this time had not a worry in the world. They lived free to be as they were. No one judged them because of appearance, beliefs, or morals. Living in a non-judgemental, loving, violence free world sounds surreal compared to the crime filled, unsafe, prejudice world we live in today, and being able to grow up during this time would be a dream.
The musical sensations of this time period were said to be the best of all time. Many songwriters, singers, and musicians came from the United Kingdom and had a huge impact the counter-culture movement. The Beatles became the most prominent group of the "psychedelic revolution" in the late 1960s. Meanwhile in the United States, bands that exemplified the counterculture were becoming huge commercial, mainstream successes. These included The Mamas & the Papas, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, The...