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purple haze jimi hendrix
Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix

Purple haze all in my brain Lately things just don't seem the same Actin' funny, but I don't know why 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky Purple haze all around Don't know if I'm comin' up or down Am I happy or in misery? Whatever it is that girl put a spell on me Purple haze all in my eyes Don't know if it's day or night You got me blowin', blowin' my mind Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?

the counterculture

The Counterculture

Beats, Freaks and Hippies

origins in the 1950s
Origins in the 1950s
  • The Beat generation
    • Literature, art, music
  • Backlash to 1950s consensus
    • Rejection of mainstream values
    • Experimentation with
      • Drugs
      • Sex
      • Eastern spirituality
allen ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg
  • Poet of the Beat Generation
  • “Howl” an influential poem
  • Openly acknowledged homosexuality

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,

    • dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix;
    • Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection
    • to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.”
    • -- From Howl by Allen Ginsberg
jack kerouac
Jack Kerouac
  • Often on the outskirts of mainstream
  • Traveled the nation and chronicled experience of Beat Generation
    • On the Road
  • Became Buddhist
bob dylan
Bob Dylan
  • America’s Storyteller
  • Chronicled dissatisfaction with mainstream America
  • Many songs re-recorded as hits for others
the times they are a changing
The Times They are A Changing

Come gather 'round peopleWherever you roamAnd admit that the watersAround you have grownAnd accept it that soonYou'll be drenched to the bone.If your time to youIs worth savin'Then you better start swimmin'Or you'll sink like a stoneFor the times they are a-changin'


Come writers and criticsWho prophesize with your penAnd keep your eyes wideThe chance won't come againAnd don't speak too soonFor the wheel's still in spinAnd there's no tellin' whoThat it's namin'.For the loser nowWill be later to winFor the times they are a-changin'.


Come senators, congressmenPlease heed the callDon't stand in the doorwayDon't block up the hallFor he that gets hurtWill be he who has stalledThere's a battle outsideAnd it is ragin'.It'll soon shake your windowsAnd rattle your wallsFor the times they are a-changin'.


Come mothers and fathersThroughout the landAnd don't criticizeWhat you can't understandYour sons and your daughtersAre beyond your commandYour old road isRapidly agin'.Please get out of the new oneIf you can't lend your handFor the times they are a-changin'.


The line it is drawnThe curse it is castThe slow one nowWill later be fastAs the present nowWill later be pastThe order isRapidly fadin'.And the first one nowWill later be lastFor the times they are a-changin'.

the great freak forward
The Great Freak Forward
  • Ken Kesey
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The Merry Pranksters
  • Cross-Country doped up bus trip
    • Chronicled by Tom Wolfe
timothy leary and lsd
Timothy Leary and LSD
  • Harvard Professor
    • Thrown out
  • Believed LSD or “Acid” would lead to higher consciousness
  • “Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out”
birth of the hippies
Birth of the Hippies
  • Hippie: from “hip”
  • Youth movement
  • Rejection of mainstream
    • Do no harm
    • Drop out, Just Be
janis joplin
Janis Joplin
  • Moved from Texas to California in 1960s
  • Blend of Blues and Psychedelic Rock
  • Died of a drug overdose in 1970
piece of my heart
Piece of My Heart

Didn't I make you feel like you were the only man, yeah,An' didn't I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can ?Honey, you know I did!And each time I tell myself that I, well I've just had enough,But I'm gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough.I said come on, come on, come on, come on and take it,Take another little piece of my heart now, baby,Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah.Hey! Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, yeah.You know you got it if it makes you feel good,Oh yes indeed.All right!

the diggers
The Diggers
  • Capitalism is ruining society
    • Money and private property instruments of the devil
  • Everything must be free
    • Subverting society
    • Free meals daily
  • Back to the land movement
  • Self-sufficiency
    • Away from hurtful society
  • Largely a failure
    • Disease and discord
san francisco
San Francisco
  • The geographic center of the counterculture
  • Haight-Ashbury district
    • “Ground Zero”
  • Retains reputation as “transgressive” city
summer of love
Summer of Love
  • Summer 1967
  • A Human Be-In
    • Call went out to hippies around the country
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
san francisco1
San Francisco

If you're going to San FranciscoBe sure to wear some flowers in your hairIf you're going to San FranciscoYou're gonna meet some gentle people thereFor those who come to San FranciscoSummertime will be a love-in thereIn the streets of San FranciscoGentle people with flowers in their hair


All across the nation such a strange vibrationPeople in motionThere's a whole generation with a new explanationPeople in motion people in motionFor those who come to San FranciscoBe sure to wear some flowers in your hairIf you come to San FranciscoSummertime will be a love-in thereIf you come to San FranciscoSummertime will be a love-in there

  • Major music festival
    • Upstate NY
    • August 1969
  • Over 400,000 people
  • Poorly organized, but nobody cared

Lyrics: Joni Mitchell Performed by: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Well, I came upon a child of God He was walking along the road And I asked him, Tell me, where are you going? This he told me Said, I'm going down to Yasgur's Farm, Gonna join in a rock and roll band. Got to get back to the land and set my soul free.We are stardust, we are golden, We are billion year old carbon, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.


Well, then can I roam beside you? I have come to lose the smog, And I feel myself a cog in somethin' turning. And maybe it's the time of year, Yes and maybe it's the time of man. And I don't know who I am, But life is for learning. We are stardust, we are golden, We are billion year old carbon, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.


By the time we got to Woodstock, We were half a million strong And everywhere was a song and a celebration. And I dreamed I saw the bomber death planes Riding shotgun in the sky, Turning into butterflies Above our nation. We are stardust, we are golden, We are caught in the devils bargain, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

where did they go
Where did they go?
  • The youth movements of the 1960s thought they could change society – what happened?
  • “Hippie”ness becomes mainstream
  • Vietnam/Watergate fatigue
  • They became parents/grandparents