We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us Against
A Close-Up of the Whole Hippie Scene
If you were a parent back in the day of hippies, this was your guidebook to the inside life of those crazy kids. Here are the inside stories told from some hippie children from Haight-Ashbury in 1967. You can learn groovy words like: pushing, scoring, tripping, acid, and smack. There is also lots of group sex and marijuana. Not a bad cultural profile, but a bit disorganized for reading. The author throws in ads, headlines, and other text that seem to be chapter markers, but aren’t really related. Maybe the author was trying to make a statement with his more “free form” organization.
Sample Hippie Joke:
Q – Do you know what happened to the hippy who crossed IBM with LSD?
A – He went on a business trip.
Everyone stay groovy, and feel free to contemplate the good old days with Jimmy Buffett’s song of nearly the same title.
The Flower People
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?
More Flower power:
This is a basic explanation for those squares who weren’t hip to the groove of Hippies. Published by Time Magazine, this was almost a sociological explanation of those crazy kids. As modern library material, I honestly think there is better stuff out there. It really was written for the establishment types who are long gone. Younger people will need something fresher. It is fun to think that the hippie generation is now getting material on retirement and medicare.