Hippies are a subculture that was originally a youth group that came out in the early to mid-1960’s. The word “Hippie” comes from hipster which means “an unusual interest in new and strange patterns” (wilkipedia). Hippies created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, embraced sexual revolution, used drugs, and also engaged in many protests for human rights. Hippies’ fashion and values had an important effect on culture. Hippies influenced popular music, television, film, literature, and art. The major events of the Hippie Movement occurred in 1966-1967. The Hippie legacy can be observed in today’s culture through healthy foods, music festivals, contemporary sexual customs, and a cyberspace revolution. “As the dawn sun gleamed off a backdrop of molded metal skyscrapers on Easter Sunday, a medieval pageant began in the middle of Manhattan. Laden with daffodils, ecstatic in vibrant costumes and painted faces, troupes of Hippies gather on a hill overlooking Central Park’s Sheep Meadow to Be-In.” (pg.7 in Moving Through Time).
Many groups were formed in the Hippie Movement, each with their own set of customs and purpose. The Beat Generation (“Beatniks”) was the group before the Hippies. The difference between beatniks and the hippies was their appearance and fashion. The Beatniks wore somber colors, dark shades, and goatees. Hippies wore psychedelic clothes and long hair. The Beatniks were cool and kept a low profile and the Hippies were known for showing their individuality. The public label from beatnik to hippie occurred after the Human“Be-In” which was an empowerment session at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 1967.
Several of the Beatniks remained as Beatniks and did not switch over to being Hippies. Allen Ginsberg was one of them. He was a Beatnik who played a major part in Anti-War protests. Ginsberg and his friend, Michael Hollingshead became very helpful in the early 1960’s in popularizing psychedelic substances in the...