Flower Power

Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone
Mom, you need to set an example

The Flower People coverThe Flower People
Gross
1968

I was just a kid in 1968, but a few of those kids were at the local colleges in my town and I remember just being fascinated with the fashion, etc.  8 year old me wanted a fringe vest and boots SO BAD! Mom said no. (What a killjoy.)

Best part of this book was the hippie vocabulary. I can’t remember the last time I heard someone refer to the “fuzz”.   I doubt anyone would have any trouble translating some of the sayings, but I am sure you will enjoy the explanations. Contemporary books of this time are some of my favorites.  It is so funny to think that this group is now talking about Medicare and retirement. Can you dig it?

Stay groovy,

Mary

The Flower People back cover

The Flower People speak

East Village flower people

pictures of hippies

flower people and LSD

flower people glossary

Flower People glossary

16 comments

  1. People sure were taking a lot of drugs. I could never be a hippie, I don’t even like to take aspirin.

  2. Those of you who have seen the notorious Dragnet 1967 episode where LSD is taken, banned, and taken some more anyway, will likely recall this usage of the term “travel agent”. Awesome looking book.

    1. I thought it WAS Barry Gibb (well, I thought it was one of the Bee Gees, I didn’t know which one I meant!) and Ali MacGraw!

  3. Well, I did turn my family on to some hash I made for dinner tonight with leftover roast beef. That contraption of a hammock that family is sitting in looks mightily uncomfortable, especially on a hot, sticky day… I guess I am just a square.

  4. I know it has very little to do with anything, but doesn’t it look like the girl on the cover has a black eye? Lol! (Yes, it’s a shadow, but still…)

  5. Anyone notice the definition of crystal? That’s pretty pervasive again or still. But I never thought the idea of drugs was to be high all the time but rather to jolt one to a new awareness, to see beyond the messages the young were getting from their society. Of course, then as now, some folks fall in love with the high.

    Mary, I was 8 in 1968 too, and my parents forbade me wearing a headband, though they never thought to keep me from watching TV news or Laugh In. (BTW, lately your messages don’t wrap around nicely in my email the way Holly’s do. But I still read them, even when I have to, sigh, enlarge the window I’m reading in . . . Yeah, it’s worth it to me.)

    1. The crystal meth item struck me too. I can’t remember ever hearing the term “crystal” in the ’60’s/’70’s and simply assumed it was a new thing. Now being cooked up by the children or even grandchildren of the original users, I guess.

  6. I would absolutely love a “where are they now” sequel to this book. Are they still turning on, tuning in and dropping out? Or have they all sold out to the man? (Or died of overdoses?)

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