What Happened to the Hippies?

Voices and Perspectives


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About the Book

Peaceniks. Stoners. Tree huggers. Freaks. For many, the hippies of the 1960s and early 1970s were immoral, drug-crazed kids too spoiled to work and too selfish to embrace the American way of life. But who were these longhaired dissenters bent on peace, love and equality? What did they believe? What did they want? Are their values still relevant today?  Bringing together the personal accounts and perspectives of 54 “old hippies,” this book illustrates how their lives and outlooks have changed over the past five decades. Their collective narrative invites readers to reach their own conclusions about the often misunderstood movement of ordinary young people who faced an era of escalating war, civil turmoil and political assassinations with faith in humanity and a belief in the power of ideas.

About the Author(s)

Stewart L. Rogers is a nonfiction writer and collage artist living in Durham, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Stewart L. Rogers

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 231
Bibliographic Info: appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7895-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3771-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
About the Contributors 5
Age of Aquarius 15
All You Need Is Love 23
Do Your Own Thing 34
Doors of Perception 42
Flower Power 55
Free Love 69
Give Peace a Chance 80
Going Up the Country 97
I Have a Dream 110
My Sweet Lord 147
Teach Your Children Well 160
The Devil’s Bargain 168
What Now? 183
Hippie History 203
Hippie Quotes 211
Index 221