Hippie Culture

1887 WordsApr 8, 20028 Pages
The Hippie Culture Many generations have come and gone, and many have made an impact on American life. The Sixties were definitely one of those generations that left its mark in history. The people of this generation didn't follow the teachings of its elders, but rejected them for an alternative culture, which was their very own (Harris 14). This new subculture was such a radical society that it was given it's own name which is still used to this day. They came to be known as, the Hippies. The Hippie movement originated in San Francisco, California and spread across the United States, through Canada, and into parts of Europe (World Book), but the Hippie movement had its greatest influence in America. During the 1960's a radical…show more content…
The majority of these new users were from 12 years old to college seniors (This Fabulous Century 84). Another drug that was common in the Hippie population was LSD. Some Hippies said, "LSD puts you in touch with your surroundings" (Cavan 114), But that was not always the case. On occasion a hippie would take bad LSD and would experience a "bad trip" or would "freak out" (Cavan 115). When someone took bad LSD, freak out is exactly what they would do and sometimes it was fatal. Bad LSD was so common that even at Woodstock people were having bad trips and freaking out. Even with this bad LSD everywhere people would still used it. A man by the name of Dr. Timothy Leary was a Harvard professor who had ideas about LSD. He said, "LSD is western yoga. The aim of all Eastern religion, like the aim of LSD, is basically to get high; that is to expand your consciousness and find ecstasy and revelation within" (This Fabulous Century 84). Another representative of the use of LSD was an author by the name of Ken Keasey. He traveled around the United States in a psychedelic bus giving LSD to anyone and everyone who would take it. Hippies were infamous for their out of the ordinary music. Many Hippies were actually musicians themselves. Hippies used music as a way of expressing their thoughts and ideas. One of the most influential musicians of that time was Bob Dylan. The lyrics of
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