The term hippie (or hippy) derives from "hip"
used during the late 50s and 60s to describe someone who was a part
of the Beat scene.
Someone who was hip to the scene, or in the know.
One of the first recorded uses of the term hippie was in a Sept
5 1965 article
about the San Francisco counter-culture by writer Michael Fallon.
The term was not generally used by those who were a part of the
but rather by those on the outside writing about them.
The term became popular with the media in the mid- to late-1960's
as young people flocked to San Francisco (and
all over the world-LH),
but also picked up negative conotations for many Americans ("straights"),
You know, thanks to Susan, Tex, Patricia, Squeaky-Charlie Manson's
hippie who advocates love, beauty, and peace
websters unabridged ] a person,
esp. of the late 1960s,
who rejected established institutions and values and sought spontaneity,
direct personal relations expressing love, and expanded consciousness,
often expressed externally in the wearing of casual, folksy clothing
and of beads,
headbands, sandals, used garments, etc.
websters ] a person who rejects the mores of established society
(as by dressing unconventionally or favoring communal living
and advocates a nonviolent ethic;
broadly : a long-haired unconventionally dressed young person.
websters world ] a person who, in a state of alienation from
turned variously to mysticism, psychedelic drugs, communal living,
hyperdictionary ] someone who rejects the established culture;
advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle
wordreference.com ] a person whose behaviour, dress, use of
implied a rejection of conventional values (esp. during the 1960s)
realdictionary.com ] youth subculture (mostly from the middle
class) originating in San Francisco in the 1960s;
advocated universal love and peace and communes and long hair and
also favored acid rock
and progressive rock music
miscellaneous ] a person who believes in peace, love, freedom
[ websters unabridged ] a person who
is hip. a person, esp. during the 1950s,
characterized by a particularly strong sense of alienation from most
established activities and relationships.
(Subculture or Counterculture)
subculture was originally a youth movement
that began in the United States during the early 1960s
and spread around the world.
The word hippie derives from hipster,
and was initially used to describe beatniks who had moved
into San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district.
These people inherited the countercultural values of the Beat
created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock,
embraced the sexual revolution, and used drugs such as cannabis and
to explore alternative states of consciousness.
In January 1967, the Human
Be-In in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
popularized hippie culture, leading to the legendary Summer
on the West Coast of the United States,
and the 1969 Woodstock Festival on the
In Mexico, the jipitecas formed La Onda Chicana
and 200,000 gathered at Avándaro (Festival
Rock y Ruedas de Avándaro),
while in New Zealand, nomadic housetruckers practiced alternative
and promoted sustainable energy at Nambassa.
In the United Kingdom, mobile "peace convoys" of New age
made summer pilgrimages to free music festivals at Stonehenge.
pay & free music festivals and other outdoor Festivals
and Events from 1970 to 1979
including a number of European events.
"Festival Piedra Roja" was held in 1970
(following Woodstock's success), and was the major hippie event in
Hippie fashions and values had a major effect on culture,
influencing popular music, television, film, literature, and the arts.
Since the 1960s, many aspects of hippie culture
have been assimilated (RESISTANCE
IS FUTILE!!-LH) by mainstream society.
The religious and cultural diversity espoused by the hippies
has gained widespread acceptance,
and Eastern philosophy and spiritual concepts
have reached a wide audience.
The hippie legacy can be observed in contemporary culture in myriad
from health food, to music festivals, to contemporary sexual mores,
and even to the cyberspace revolution.