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The Hippie Era- 1969

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Hippie Chicks

"Make Love, Not War, Baby!!!"

"Make Love, Not War, Baby!!!"

Play this tune while your checking out this hub...

Let's see... The Hippie Era. What a great topic! (I think...?)

 I was sitting here the other day, completely BLANK, not knowing what to write about... Then it came to me... The Hippie Era! But after thinking about it for a moment, I wasn't sure what I wanted to say about it! So, I got online, and searched "The Hippie Era-1969".

First, I searched "images", and I received pictures of "Woodstock", and hippies, and famous rock legends, such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, The Who, Santana, CCR, the Grateful Dead, and other well known "Hippie Era" legends that were present at Woodstock in 1969. I also grabbed a funny picture of "bath-time" during Woodstock... Too cute!

Then there were pictures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and of course peace signs, water bongs and glass pipes, pictures of marijuana plants, the all-time famous "John Lennon" Sunglasses, bellbottoms, tye-dye shirts and clothing, headbands, hemp necklaces... You name it, it was there!

Love, Peace and Happiness, Baby! ...Make Love Not War!!! All the great photo shots almost put me there, myself. I could almost hear "Me and Bobby McGee" in the background, and smell reefer in the air! (What a great era, eh?)

Hippies defenately made their opinions known, as "Freedom of Speech" was being practiced frequently back then. They had strikes for this and strikes for that, picketers for this and that... Everyone, especially females, were letting their views be known. They were against war, and faught for peace, pleaded for peace... The girls burnt their bra's just to make a point! (Why not, they didn't wear them anyway!) Actually, most of the time, hippies were "sky-clad" (or naked). And they were of different religions, and race was not a factor. Hippies truly believe that everyone is equal, no matter what color they are, or what religion... It's all about loving one another, and coming together as one so we can all live peacefully.


Hippies at Woodstock-1969

Hippies at Woodstock-1969

"Love, Peace, and Happiness"

"Love, Peace, and Happiness"

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

BATHTIME at Woodstock 1969!

BATHTIME at Woodstock 1969!

More Woodstock 1969...

John Lennon

John Lennon

John and Yoko 1969

John and Yoko 1969

Hippies had cool vehicles, like this van! (The magic bus! ...See the dragonfly on it? COOL!)

Hippies had cool vehicles, like this van! (The magic bus! ...See the dragonfly on it? COOL!)

This is a photo of an early hippie group. (Irving-Penn)?

This is a photo of an early hippie group. (Irving-Penn)?

These two hippies are ready for Woodstock! Do you see naivity and innocence in this picture? Isn't it beautiful? (Makes me think of dressing up in my mom and gram's clothes when I was just little!)

These two hippies are ready for Woodstock! Do you see naivity and innocence in this picture? Isn't it beautiful? (Makes me think of dressing up in my mom and gram's clothes when I was just little!)

This hippie is living his life just the way he wants! Peace, man!

This hippie is living his life just the way he wants! Peace, man!

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Tye-dye Shirts

Tye-dye Shirts

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Love Beads

Love Beads



Hemp Jewlery

Hemp Jewlery

Glass Pipes

Glass Pipes

"John Lennon" Sunglasses

"John Lennon" Sunglasses




 Hippies are against fur coats. (again, because we must love one another, including animals and plants, and everything!) They also do not believe in "testing on animals", which is only right! Why don't they do the tests on actual humans?

Hippies, in other words, were "naturalists"... They wanted nothing more than peace, love and happiness. (And I wonder if the assassination of John Lennon was because the government was afraid to have everyone happy, because then they wouldn't be in control...)

Who knows? But I know this much- Hippies, in 1969, were mostly happy, and this was mostly due to yoga, meditation, mind-over-matter, "inner peace"... and some fancy-named drugs. (reefer, magic mushrooms, acid, coke, LSD, heroine... actually, they came out with some pretty cool names for these drugs, but the outcomes were tragic...)

They also had some pretty groovy styles going on! In these following pictures, I'll show you what you would need to look like a hippie. (Notice: Check out my hub "Celebrity Hippie Hairstyles", as some people may not look right as a hippie! Ha, ha, ha!)

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Hippie Hound Dog's Tip of the Day:

Hippie Hound Dog's Tip of the Day: Watch the movie "Dazed and Confused"... Awesome Hippie Era Movie!!! Also, it will give you great fashion ideas for bellbottoms!!!

Hippie Hound Dog's Tip of the Day: Watch the movie "Dazed and Confused"... Awesome Hippie Era Movie!!! Also, it will give you great fashion ideas for bellbottoms!!!

Dazed and Confused... Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil.

Dazed and Confused... Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil.


My Final Thought:

 All in all, I think the Hippie Era was awesome. Not only did they believe in love, peace and happiness, but they were all good at heart, down to earth, natural born lovers of individuality, freedom, and "inner peace", (no matter how they had to get it!)

They showed others that it's okay to stand up for your rights. Blacks were given more rights in the 60's, Women learned that they were equal to men. Gays and lesbians came out of their closets, more apt to stand up because of the Freedom Act... I could go on and on... Hippies taught us a good lesson, if you paid attention to what they concentrated on...

We should all love one another...


cara on August 25, 2018:

Thing is the "hippie movement" centered around push back on the political system if the times and breaking norms imposed by vietnam drafts and the war. Drug use was a way to thumb their noses at all that and draft evasion. Media hyped all that was going down on Haight street in San Francisco where hippies went to do their drugs and "free lifestyle". While all the "free love, drug use and music with its psychedelia pervaded the media, it was by no means everyones cup of tea in the 60's. However that culture influenced fashion and music. The cars in the background of the woman in your picture dont look like 60's cars but rzther 70's or later. I enjoyed reading your take on the era in which I spent my first 10 years of life however.

Azia on January 08, 2015:

Super exeictd to see more of this kind of stuff online.

nette on May 10, 2012:

this is great to read, my parents came up in this era and were hippies and i feel that i am a hippie at heart :) they dont make good down to earth people like they used to

Johnny on March 22, 2012:

hey man hippiesare great people they love natural things & always are very loveable and will knock you you over with [peace

Ciel Clark from USA on March 11, 2012:

Love it. Great hub. I just wrote a hub on growing up in a teepee. My pic is from a Vietnam protest. Read my post on alternative living in California and please tell me what you think. I just joined HP, and am finding so many great topics. CC

nadia on January 30, 2011:

i wasn't born till 1996 but honestly i believe in what the hippies were hoping for, if we could only get enough people together who think the same way or something then we could make an impact on the world again :)

bettybarnesb from Bartlett, TN on December 22, 2010:

I was not a hippie but I had several friends that were. Our generation really did change a lot of things about the world. My daughter sometimes ask questions me questions about the 60's. She love hearing about when I was young. Great job!

bebop on October 27, 2010:

acid is great!!!!!!

soumyasrajan from Mumbai India and often in USA on September 21, 2010:

Very nice Colorful pictures MamaDragonfly! Just brought back the memories. That was indeed good old sweet time.

RFWoodstock on August 31, 2010:

Great live recordings from top festivals, concerts and in-studio performances...The Dead, Widespread Panic, Phish, Allman Brothers, DMB...Bonnaroo, Woodstock, Mountain Jam...many others...long jams, complete sets...24/7 Internet radio channel Radio Woodstock LIVE...also Radio Woodstock 69 with music from the original Woodstock era...both available at Peace, love, is a festival.

Gary on August 30, 2010:

Love Every single bit of the info, the pics the

tips, everything. Great Job man ..

Peace n Love

Pakaa on July 06, 2010:

the HIPPIE trend should so come b ack !


electricsky from North Georgia on April 14, 2010:

They were a little before me, so I still don't identify with the hippie era too much.

Depressing though because I think of the Vietnam war when I think of hippies.

Maybe they will bring back tie-dye tee shirts.

Thanks for your hub.

thevoice from carthage ill on February 22, 2010:

greatest time your review of my past warms my heart I miss them days was so alive peace love soul. had three foot hair plat form shoes happy days thanks for memories mike

Jim Strutzin on February 01, 2010:

Nice hub, mama. As a collector of Woodstock stories on my website,, I have done a great deal of research into Woodstock as well as the hippie era. You did a good job finding unique photos, a couple of which I have not see before (and I have seen thousands). The Revolution Will Not Be Googlized!

Sanjay Sapre from India on January 23, 2010:

great article . great memories you shared.

TJBaruch from Clearwater, FL on December 13, 2009:

Mamadragonfly... Thanks for the memories. Here are a few personal experiences that I sometimes enjoy looking back on. These days I can only shake my head at some of them...LOL

Played drums for various groups before, during and after “The Summer of Love” in North Beach, Berkley, the St. Francis Hotel, the Mark Hopkins Hotel, etc.

Appeared in several “Battle of the Bands” in competition with a group called The Bedouins…better known later as The Grass Roots.

Was a frequent dinner guest of one of Sun Myung Moon’s “12 disciples,” a man from South Korea called Mr. Che. (Remember the Moonies?)

An acquaintance of mine, Lee Quarnstrom, appears briefly in Tom Wolf’s book, THE ELECTRIC COOL AID ACID TEST. He used to hang out with Ken Casey before Casey got busted for pot.

In a Nob Hill cafeteria one morning…not looking where I was going, I pinched John Wayne’s fingers between my tray and his tray as I stood behind him in the serving line.

My girlfriend from this period, Moira Timms and I spent an hour with Allen Watts and his wife at their houseboat home in Sausalito. Watts wrote one of my favorite books at the time, THE WAY OF ZEN. (Later, Moira will author a number of very obscure books related to mystical cyclical views of history…PROPHESIES AND PREDICTIONS, THE 6 O’CLOCK BUS, GUIA PARA LA NUEVA ERA, THE RAISING OF THE DJED and others…)

1970: Rode from Fargo to Grand Forks, ND, with David Dellinger and John Froines to protest ABM missiles after picking them up from a “safe house” in Fargo. These two were co-defendants in the notorious “Chicago 7” trial. A book on the subject titled, TALES OF (judge) HOFFMAN may be of interest. (I’ve often wondered how many pictures the FBI got of me that day.)

1971: Toured the country with the New Shakespeare Company doing: AS YOU LIKE IT, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ROMEO AND JULIET.

Most of these events took place in and around San Francisco, 1966 - 1968 and in Minn and North Dakota during the early 70's. The theatre tour was again on the West Coast.

nextstopjupiter from here, there and everywhere on November 28, 2009:

A great hub with great pictures! It brought back memories, I was a teenager at that time. LOVE and PEACE forever!

Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on November 24, 2009:

Nice Hub. I can't claim to have been a hippie, but you've brought back memories.

lisadpreston from Columbus, Ohio on October 20, 2009:

Wow. Seeing those pictures and hearing Janice sing Me and Bobbie McGee brought back those old feelings of being a kid. I was 5 in 1969. But I remember well. We owned the booming bar in a small town in Southern Ohio at the time. I can see the young soldiers walking in after coming back from Vietnam. Most were not even old enough to drink. However, My grandma who owned the bar would always yell out, "DAMN IT, THESE BOYS ARE OLD ENOUGH TO FIGHT IN A WAR, THEY OUGHT TO BE OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK". "Serve Em whatever they want,"while beetle tunes are blaring from the jukebox.We had go go girls that danced on the weekends with a live band in our bar and i remember thinking as a kid that they were so beautiful and could dance so well. Im sure the dancers are what inspired my many years as a dancer. Ballet, not Go Go. LOL. I remain a hippie. At heart, in dress, in lifestyle. I even live in the hippie artsy university area of my city.Thanks for the memories

paul_gibsons from Gibsons, BC, Canada on October 18, 2009:

interesting collection of stuff from the hippie area but... although Woodstock was maybe hippie-ish, many of the performers weren't.. dont remember ever thinking of the Who as psychedelic, nor Hendrix for that matter. Janis Joplin was more difficult - loved her but hippie hmmm.. Jefferson Airplane definitely though and of course the Collectors (who weren't at Woodstock..) No furcoats? But we all wore afghan furcoats, espcialy the US hippies in Amsterdam..Meditation kind of passed me by and Sex? that just changed from "taboo" to "must" so that was no change at all; after all we were about freedom and freedom to choose :) Above all we had fun though. non-violent, non-confrontational (amongst ourselves anyway)... I still long for those times. I cut my hair but never lost that feeling..

la ruby on May 28, 2009:

me encanta la moda hippie

thinking out loud on May 26, 2009:

Loved the music, the clothes ( when not extreme) the girls, the attitude but hated the politics. I do get a kick out of all my anti capitalist friends that moved on to being bankers and corporate types. it was a make believe idealogy, run by children spoiled by good times and a "me" attitude. The adults that struggled through wwll I guess were too tired to stand up for their principles and let the strangest of characters take over the debate. I'm reminded that i did have tickets to woodstock but was in the army at the time and couldn't get the time off. Part of me is glad I missed it, the dream of it has to be better than the reality. Great hub.

carol on May 11, 2009:

super top ^^

eaasi3574 on May 05, 2009:

I enjoyed reading your hub. It was very informative. I will come back to read more of your other hubs.

eaasi3574 on May 05, 2009:

Great info I really will think about this. Thanks for sharing.

BardScribe from Iowa on March 24, 2009:

I wasn't around till 1978...

But I was the daughter of someone who actually did march in one or two protests in Chicago. No one famous, and he didn't do the psychedelic thing, but what he DID agree on was the whole Love One Another thing. See, at the time, my dad was studying to be a minister, right in the thick of things...he's even got a couple "hippie"-looking pendants from his early days as a student preacher...

And 1978, I was 1986, I was introduced to the music of Jon Anderson of Yes, whose band took shape in '68. It was a solo album that he had done that got me going on his own love-and-peace vibe...then I realized in 2002 the kind of music Yes did (particularly with my Muse Jon at the helm)...and I fell in love with the hippie era all over again, even though I was born ten or twenty years too late to join in the fun.

Yet...the things the hippies promoted...the peace, love, and organic food sort of's all coming back full circle. Maybe not in as loud or raucous a manner (a shame, really!), but it's coming back around... thank Goddess!

Shannon (author) from New York on March 03, 2009:

I wasn't born until 1977, but I remember hearing about it all... And it always made me wish I would've been born just a few years earlier... (like 10 years earlier!

Jack Nicholson! I love him! He's such a good actor! (kinda makes me wonder if he and Christian Slater are related...they look a lot alike!)

tony0724 from san diego calif on March 02, 2009:

Interesting hub .I was just a kid during that Era , but I do Remember Jimi , Woodstock and all the psychedelic posters with black lights . And there was an artist name Peter Max who did some of the most Interesting Artwork . I feel very fortunate to have grown up In some Interesting times  And the all you need Is love thing the hippies always said was right ,unfortunately we live In a world where that just Isn,t possible . Oh and Ezy Rider was the big movie of that time with some young upstart named Jack Nicholson !

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on March 01, 2009:

Shannon...Let me just point out that Mario Savio, the free speech leader in the early 60's, is now the publisher of a very conservative newsletter in Marin County,  and David Horowitz, his 2nd in command back then,  is a world renowned conservative thinker and publisher of " Heterodoxy ", a monthly collection of conservative thought....they both went from passionate liberalism to passionate conservatism....

The old adage " To be young is to think with your heart, as you age you begin to think with your brain ", certainly applies here...

Shannon (author) from New York on February 27, 2009:

maven... You were one of the ones in front of the crowd yelling "MAKE LOVE,NOT WAR!" right? And I bet you had a full head of hair back then too! You were a hippie, maven, weren't you??? Ha ha ha. Just kidding. Thanks for the comment maven. I'd like to hear more of your opinion tho... :)

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on February 27, 2009:

Interesting Hub !! I know you are focusing on the positive aspects of that age of Aquarius, so I will reserve comment.

I was there at the beginning, UC Bizerkeley, the Peoples Park, free-speech marches, Mario Savio, David Horowitz, and all the idealistic age much over-hyped by my generation.

Shannon (author) from New York on February 27, 2009:

sixtyorso- Yes, I am aware that this was a hard time for this generation... I'm sure that with the war going on, and hippies protesting it, (and other things), it must have been a time of hardship. I was just trying to focus on the positive side of it all. Myself, I think it would've been a rush to live my teenage years in the 60's... But, I guess I just wasn't meant to be there in this lifetime!

I'm going to read your hub right now 60.

Tatjana- the thought of believing in world peace DOES seem nice, eh?... And thank you for the compliment on my avatar! This pic was taken only a couple of weeks ago, so maybe I carry my age well??? I know YOU DO!!! As far as super-human powers, I truly believe! The kids who sit indian-style on the floor and bend a spoon by just looking at it... I've practiced doing this, but never succeeded! HOW DO THEY DO THAT???

Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on February 27, 2009:

Hi, Shannon, what a wonderful time! When I read comments of VioletSun, I am in my hearth with her...It seems to me that it was the most promissing time of humanity, something what influenced whole globe, so many people. Thank you for reminder...

BTW...I love your new avatar: you look soo young! All compliments!

Everybody can have "superhuman" powers: all potential of all human abilities is within us: in our aura, in our heart... we need just a little bit of practice, and time. The steps for your expansion are within you. You hold the key. I would only comment: it is wise to choose - useful powers only, ha, ha, ha!


Clive Fagan from South Africa on February 26, 2009:

Hi Mama great hub. But it wasn't all peace and love. read my hub on Hare hair Hare for a bit about that time. Also the play Hair shows a sadder side of that free love era. It illustrates the impact of the Vietnam war  and the beginning of the single mother syndrome. The free love aspect brought many "fatherless" children into the world and I guess tales of hardship which were perhaps not told. One needs to look at both sides of this coin. Also the protests lead to shootings by the National guard too. The Play Hair definitely illustrates this point well, if you look beyond the nudity and sensationalism of the play.

Shannon (author) from New York on February 26, 2009:

Or maybe I'll just do the research myself...? Who knows?!

Thanks for the comment, Violet. It's very much appreciated!

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on February 26, 2009:

MDF: Its good to look for things on your own, we have all the knowledge of the world within. I have been amazed how my s/o will share an idea about truth and the like, and we think no one has thought about it, and then we end buying a book or hearing someone speak who also came to the same conclusion, using almost identical words.

Yes, we have the potential to do much, much more than what we are doing, but I don't know who would have the exact steps to the superhuman abilities you mention. Maybe you could put in a hub request? We have hubbers who are very interesting. :)

Shannon (author) from New York on February 25, 2009:

Really? I guess I have learned everything I believe on my own... Stemming from experiences, and learning from looking into things on my own... I've always felt a "familiarness" with the past (meaning before I was born), and I still haven't quite put my finger on why...

I was just searching google earlier, and found a site on "Super-human Abilities" which states that EVERYONE has the ability to use these special "super-human" powers, some of us just don't know HOW... Well, there's a test, and the higher your score, the higher your chancees are at perfecting that ability... I wonder who would have the exact steps to take in doing this...? Any ideas?


VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on February 25, 2009:

LOL! I was smiling throughout your entire hub, the photos brought back memories. I was a child of the 70's, protested against the Vietnam war, wore the bell bottoms, and head bands, didn't do drugs, so I wasn't a hippie, hippie, like my nephew, but was very influenced by the times;  did the meditations, healthy living, was involved with feminism, and woo-woo stuff, all which still influences me to this day, but I am much more mellow nowadays.  

BDW, read your comment to evekic- there are a lot of groups and people focusing on love nowadays; I have participated in group meditations for world peace- its an ongoing thing... there are gurus teaching self love and peace, etc, its just not as loud or colorful as it was in the 60's and 70's.  

Shannon (author) from New York on February 25, 2009:

Yes, keep your friends close...but keep your enemies CLOSER!

Learning to love one another seems impossible now-a-days with all the hatred and distrust everyone holds deep within them... Learning to free the mind of such clutter is a not so used technique anymore for some reason...?

I wonder why...?

eveklc from Malaysia on February 25, 2009:

I agree with the last phrase. We should all love one another even though the person don't like you or hate you. In the Bible, one of the commandments is to love your enemies.

Shannon (author) from New York on February 25, 2009:

Well THANKS STRANGER! I'm glad you enjoyed it! (Especially since I wasn't even born in 1969 yet...)


itsb07 on February 25, 2009:

wow what a GREAT article! This is by far the best article I have read on hubpages! It has great info and fun stuff to read about. Awesome pictures

Great interaction! I love it! =]]

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