Modern Hippie

In the lead-up to the release of Taking Woodstock, there has been a splattering of Woodstock culture all over, from the re-publishing of this article on the revival of the hippie nation with eco-aware Gen Yers and selling handmade gifts online to the documentary Woodstock: Now & Then showing on VH1 I have spent my weekend submerged in the peace, love, and music of 1969. And, perhaps it’s my idealist outlook, I think there may be some truth to this whiff of renewed sense of shedding the excess and renewing the community as the recession gives us no choice but to reevaluate what got us to this point.

Note: do not watch 3 hours of reporting on the greatest music festival our country has ever seen while trying to report on your own music festival experience of Lollapalooza. It seems very insignificant. Jimi Hendrix was not playing the National Anthem. What’s the point? 

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2 responses to “Modern Hippie

  1. My genuine amazement is how the new college kids and younger embrace the artifacts and art from the 1960’s era. It is not the old timers of the ’60’s keeping the flame alive. I still listen and love Canned Heat, Richie Havens, and the musicians of that era. But we don’t drive the culture.
    The music was counter culture, not commericial. The connection was genuine, not artificial marketing events. The “truth” of the art connects in the arid landscape of today’s culture. The new generation is better than ever, but nothing today reveals their character and great promise in the culture of today.

  2. Wow, that is a great point. I love seeing that the desire that so many people have keep the 60s counter-culture alive is bring together the interest of younger and older generations alike.

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