1960's Hippie Culture

Browse the history of 1960's Hippie Culture through vintage photographs.

A photo of cousin Bob Gray, one of the original Flower Children.
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May 18, 1946 - October 1990
Added May 30, 2016 by: Jan Doss
Jan Doss
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Jimi Hendrix with Ron Gray and band members: My father, Ron Gray, was a concert promoter in the 1960's in central to northwest Louisiana (Monroe, Shreveport, etc). Jimi Hendrix played a concert in Shreveport, Louisiana on July 31, 1968. My father, Ron Gray, is standing next to Hendrix. Comments by Gary E. Gray.
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of Peter Willock, Jane Biermann, and Eric Willock
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May 17, 1949 - Jul 18, 1995
Added May 5, 2013 by: Eric Willock
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A photo of a very young Paul McCartney, taken just before the Beatles initial success. Sir James Paul McCartney was born on June 18th 1942 in Liverpool England. McCartney's father was a musician (playing the trumpet and piano) and played an instrumental role in Paul's formation as a musical artist. Paul McCartney is an extremely successful English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. He is known for his own solo career and of course for partnering with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr to create the famous Beatles. In March 1997 Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
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Jun 18, 1942 - Unknown
Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, Bob Dylan is a popular & influential singer-songwriter and musician. Bob was born in Duluth, Minnesota on May 24, 1941. After leaving the University of Minnesota his freshman year, he relocated to New York. He has been an active artist since 1961. In 1962, he chose to officially change his surname to Dylan as a nod to the inspiration of Dylan Thomas. Over the years, Dylan has received a myriad of awards (Grammy, Golden Globe, Academy Awards, induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame). In 2008, he received a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize jury for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” Most recently in 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Bob Dylan the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This is the highest civilian award bestowed in the United States. His parents were Abram Zimmerman and Beatrice Stone. His paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman, emigrated from Odessa in the Russian Empire (now Ukraine) to the United States following the anti-Semitic pogroms of 1905. His maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Lybba Edelstein, were Lithuanian Jews who arrived in the United States in 1902. His paternal grandmother's maiden name was Kyrgyz and her family originated from Kars, Turkey.
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May 24, 1941 - Unknown
An African-American man carrying his daughter and a protest sign reading: "President Johnson Go To Selma Now!" Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Stanley Wolfson, photographer
Riverheart High School students doing the Twist in the baggage car of a train. I have no idea what they're doing in a baggage car dancing - perhaps it was the only space big enough and clear enough to dance? You can see that they have a live band - and you can see that our fashion back then wasn't the best. But then, the Hawaiian shirt would fit right in today. And the Twist was a fun dance! Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Herman Hiller photographer
Photo of the Fifth Avenue Vietnam Peace Parade which was held during the 1960's in New York.
Photo of the opening act, Richie Havens, at the Woodstock festival in 1969. He is most known due to his appearance at Woodstock that lasted longer than normal due to the subsequent performers being delayed because of traffic congestion. Believe it or not, his "Freedom" song that can be found on the recent Woodstock movie was actually made up on the spot by Richie Havens.
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Jan 21, 1941 - Unknown
John Robert "Joe" Cocker seen singing "With a Little Help from My Friends" at the 1969 Woodstock festival at approximately 2pm Sunday. Joe Cocker is a famous British signer most known for his cover versions of songs made popular by the Beatles.
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May 20, 1944 - Dec 22, 2014
Vietnam war protesters in front of the White House, Washington DC, in 1968. As you can see, not all protesters were "hippies". The signs say No more - stop the war, Eartha Kitt speaks for the women of America, and Stop the Draft. Eartha Kitt, a well-known singer and actress, spoke up at a luncheon at the White House and took President Johnson to task about the Vietnam war. It wasn't a popular stance at the time. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Leffler, Warren K., photographer
"Drop acid Not Bombs" - another antiwar sign during the Vietnam War. Acid, of course, referred not to Agent Orange but to LSD. Yes, the hippie culture was a drug culture, too. Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com, user happy hippy girl
Signs showing the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets in the Haight District, San Francisco CA. This is in the center of where it all happened in the Summer of Love (1967) and for years after. Young people from all over the country moved to the Haight District, which was a middle-class neighborhood. The residents, of course, were not thrilled by the "invasion".
Showing the "power of the flower". While I can't verify that this photo was taken in Berkeley CA during People's Park, I can say that it was there, for the first time, that flowers were put in the National Guards' guns. I saw it personally, many times. The tension was high and these acts diffused some of it. Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com, user moody blue
A picket sign that says "I'd rather save my ass than Johnson's face" President Johnson took a lot of heat for the Vietnam war although we began sending "advisors" there during Eisenhower's administration and while Nixon was elected in 1972 by promising to end the war, it didn't end until 1975 when we simply pulled out troups. Chaos ensued. The picket signs were mostly homemade and a variety of slogans emerged. Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com, user moody blue
A hippie wedding in the late 1960's. Weddings were less formal in general and often happened in parks. While not everyone dressed as in this picture, they cost less money and took less planning than now! Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com, user newo
Hippies hanging out at Golden Gate Park in San Francsico, CA. You made your own fun there. And it looks like it WAS fun. Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com, user newo
The world famous guitarist Jimi Hendrix playing live at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Jimi's full name was James Marshall Hendrix and of course is credited with revolutionizing guitar playing. Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27th, 1942 and died on September 18th, 1970 due to a sleeping pills overdose.
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Nov 27, 1942 - Sep 18, 1970
As you can see, the crowd at Woodstock entertained themselves, even with the greatest bands at the time playing. It had been raining and the ground was torn up. Hippies, high school kids, college kids . . . they all just kept coming. Years later, everyone claimed to have been at Woodstock. A small percentage of the claimants actually were. But thanks to the movie, we all feel like we were there watching Joe Cocker, the Who, Richie Havens, Jimmie Hendrix . . . Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com, user newo
Mountain Girl (Carolyn Elizabeth Adams Garcia) and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Ken Kesey (the Merry Pranksters) gave her the nickname Mountain Girl. It was after giving birth to a daughter with Ken that she met Jerry Garcia and later married him. Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com, user newo
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Many people forget that some Vietnam veterans were among the more vocal protesters of the war.
Protestors against the Vietnam War burning their draft cards (a Federal offense). A Make Love Not War (a ubiquitous phrase in the 60's) poster in the background.
The Weathermen (part of the SDS marching in Chicago) - probably during "The Days of Rage" in 1969. Photo courtesy of hippygallery.com, user newo.
Hippies dancing at "Hippie Hill" at the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. This was a common sight in the late 1960's. Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com
Janis Joplin at Woodstock, probably waiting to go. A singer who smokes . . .and reputedly drank Southern Comfort in copious amounts! She was the singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. I don't know who the woman on the left is - but I remember being that thin and wearing a dress like that! Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com
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Jan 19, 1943 - Unknown
Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company) and Gracie Slick (Jefferson Airplane) laughing in the 1960's. Photo courtesy of hipgallery.com
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Oct 30, 1939 - Unknown
Men planting at People's Park, Berkeley in 1969. There are other photos on this site of the protests that surrounded People's Park. People's Park was a piece of land on Telegraph Ave, a few blocks from the University of California. The University owned the land but had never developed it. Since there were many street people in Berkeley, especially during the 1960's, the land was a place to grow food and hang out. The University decided to put a parking lot there (probably the Board of Regents, headed by Gov Reagan - later President Reagan) in order to stop the land from being used in that fashion. That's when the protests began. A parking lot was never built. Today, it's a park.
On Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley during the People's Park protest. The police (who were at the time called "The Blue Meanies" because of their blue jump suits, in a reference to the Beatles' Yellow Submarine movie) started shooting, killing a student (James Rector) and blinding another. This photo is courtesy of Ron Stinnett, http://www.peoplespark.org/69gall6.html I was near there, in my dorm room a couple of blocks away. Luckily, I wasn't walking down Telegraph at the time - this was near Sather Gate, the entrance to the University. It was a scary, demoralizing time. It shocked us that police would fire upon American citizens.
People's Park protests during the Spring Quarter at Berkeley CA. I was there and I remember talking to the National Guard members called out by Governor Reagan. They were young (18 yrs old, 19) and scared. They were told that we would try to give them food laced with acid (LSD) and/or marijuana. We talked to them, calmed them down, gave them flowers. One student James Rector, was shot and killed. Several more were injured, one ending up in a wheelchair. (This happened a few weeks before Kent State.) Middle-aged women, shopping on Shattuck, were rounded up and jailed simply for being there.
The Human Be-In lead by Allen Ginsburg at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, in the Summer of Love.
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Unknown - Unknown
This looks like the summer of love (1967) in San Francisco. Kids from everywhere went to San Francisco to celebrate the Summer of Love in the Haight District. I remember driving through the Haight (I was still in high school) with my mother, my boyfriend's mother, my boyfriend, and my sister. We just wanted to see what was going on. While we were stopped at a light, a couple of hippies walked up and handed us a "doobie." It was probably oregano, but it was exciting for us.
Added Aug 22, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
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This anti-war march (against the Viet Nam war) is what I remember from my student days at Berkeley. These weren't street people - they were students and previous students. I don't know if this was from one of our marches but it certainly looks like it.
This could have been taken at Woodstock - the activity and woods certainly look like it. But look at the man's hand: this could be a hand rolled cigarette but I'd bet it's a "doobie." Actually, except for the woods, it could have been any of the street people in Berkeley in the 1960's.
Lovely hippie girl from the 1960's. I had the hat - loved that hat - but I never had makeup like that! Nonetheless, reminds me of my college days in Berkeley.
picture is of step brother and sisters family name is harden and underwood father billy joe girls in picture are billi jean and jackie marie - 2 older girls in photo
Added Sep 29, 2008 by: Sheila Vogt
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Judith A. Cartisano, daughter of Joseph and Laura (Wille) Cartisano, in her hippy days in Los Angeles, CA.
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Aug 21, 1948 - Unknown
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