The Best of Times, The Worst of Times
Well I came upon a child of God, he was walking along the road And I asked him tell where are you going, this he told me: (He) said, I'm going down to Yasgur's farm, going to 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.....
Dr. Timothy Leary, "The counterculture shaman of the hippie generation" pioneered the use of LSD in the 1960s, escaped prison in the 1970s, wrote inspired essays on mind expansion and evolution while dabbling in software in the 1980s, and became a multimedia star in the 1990s, and even since passing on (on May 31, 1996 at 1:00 p.m.), he continues to be in the forefront of whatever counterculture you have in mind.
The hippies were an outgrowth of what is now called the Beat Generation, or to use the more popular term, the beatniks. Originally a literary movement, the Beats started out as a handful of students at Columbia University in New York City in the 1940's. The most famous of the Beats is probably Jack Kerouac, whose "On the Road" became the how-to manual for all adolescents who wanted to find themselves. But it was really the poet Allen Ginsberg who deserves the credit for transforming the writing
On June 27, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The bar’s patrons, sick of being subjected to harassment and discrimination, fought back: For five days, rioters took to the streets in protest. “The word is out,” one protester said. “[We] have had it with oppression.” Historians believe that this “Stonewall Rebellion” marked the beginning of the gay rights movement.
We feared communism, which had come to the western hemisphere in a small country 90 miles from Florida. Rebels backed by the U.S. attempt a coup to overthrow Fidel Castro in an event known as the Bay of Pigs. Although the plan was hatched during the Eisenhower administration, the failure is a horrible embarrassment to the young, new president who let it proceed. The CIA made other attempts to get rid of Castro; but he has outlasted nine U.S. presidents. - 1961.
60s fashion shoot - The Who in the background!