The late Sixties had a very unique culture. The ‘flower power’ hippie movement was in full swing and 1967 was called the “Summer of Love”.

And if you were going to San Francisco (the haven for all hippies) be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

Young people were bored of Christianity and searched for enlightenment from other parts of the world, especially India and Native Americans (Indians) which meant the wearing of kaftans, “worry” beads, bells and head bands. Dream catchers were everywhere and various aspects of Hinduism were adopted such as yoga, meditation, chanting mantras and so on.

George Harrison of The Beatles was very influenced by this and supported the Radha Krishna Temple. Its followers were regularly seen in the steets of London chanting “Hare Krishna!” 

The pop music of the time was called ‘psychedelic rock’ and was characterised by outrageous imagination (Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds), the sound of the Indian sitar (Hole In My Shoe), ‘phasing’ (Itchycoo Park – listen at 1.50 particularly) and long, inspirational riffs in which you could “lose yourself”.

The Doors lived on “Love Street” and wanted you to “Come on baby Light My Fire“.

It was a generation of peaceful rebellion from the boring norms of the Fifties and early Sixties. A time of peace, love and understanding. Hippies were called “love children” and being “groovie” and “laid back” was the order of the day.

Everyone was “out of their heads” on pot which wasn’t the nasty stuff it is today. Basically, it was pure unsullied grass (marijuana). Another popular drug at the time was LSD which spurred the Beatles, among others, to write amazing songs such as “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “I Am The Walrus“.

This is a wonderful, stoned hippie telling us about life and love. 🙂

Other iconic songs of the period were Good Vibrations, A Whiter Shade Of PaleTime of the Season, All Along The Watchtower, Hurdy Gurdy ManWhite Rabbit, Summer In The City, Sunshine of Your Love , Alone Again Or , See Emily Play and what was the longest single at the time, Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone. Probably the most iconic song released in the late Sixties was The Beatles’ A Day in the Life from their ground-breaking “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonley Hearts Club Band” album.

Woodstock (click HERE to see a short documntartuy) was the iconic music festival.

One of the most well-loved and influencial television programmes of the late Sixties was Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and you’ll see that I quote regularly from it and use some of its outrageous characters in our show. It was so “in the moment”, so current and SO funny.

So, this is the background to our show. A strange time – wonderful, weird and very innocent.

So, enjoy! Make love not war! Let it all hang out! Peace, man! Groovie, baby!

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