Did you wear flowers in your hair?

amd_haightashbury.jpgAs a teenager, I was haughtily puzzled by my father’s stories about events that happened 20 or more years ago. “Last time I saw so-and-so was during the war, when we went to school together”, he’d say; or: “I remember this motorbike trip through Austria, 22 years ago in July”. The time frame he talked about exceeded the span of my life considerably and seemed to refer to something almost as ancient as Roman emperors or Egyptian pyramids. Snobbish youth.

And now we’re commemorating the 40th anniversary of what’s come to be known as “The Summer of Love” — some 35,000 long-haired hippies, peace-activists, drop-outs, anti-war demonstrators, and pot-smokers wearing tie-dyed rainbow colors and ankle chains who gathered in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in 1967.

The San Francisco Chronicle offers a four-part news story that includes short reminiscences by contemporary icons such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joan Baez, and Wavy Gravy. The Whitney Museum in New York presents Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era. The Rolling Stone magazine will publish a double-issue next month, celebrating its own 40th anniversary as well. Nostalgic, sentimental memories? Recognition and honoring of a remarkable time period? Probably both, and everything in-between. In 1967, I went to school in Munich and barely knew about acid, flower power, San Francisco, etc. Things started happening a year or two later in Germany. But once it took off, the time between the late Sixties and early Seventies became a catalyst for creativity and innovation, no matter where. Yes, an awfully long time ago — but it’s fun to look back briefly…

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2 Responses to Did you wear flowers in your hair?

  1. artnexus says:

    Thanks for your friendly encouragement — good to know I’m not totally wasting my time 🙂

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