If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away---Henry David Thoreau

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Hippies

This weekend I watched for a second time the History Channel documentary entitled "The Hippies" and drew the above illustrations (Yeah, that's me in 1968!). The documentary itself can be seen at: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7434881801914630046#

It makes you feel old when a time you lived through becomes part of "history." The documentary seems to be a bit imbalanced on the negative side of the 60's, the hippie movement and its broader impact upon society. I remember the time positively as a peace-loving artist doing psychedelic artwork and a Rock musician living and playing the LA scene with Beauregard Ajax, light shows, strobe lights, psychedelic music, long hair, and wild trippy clothes. Maybe it was more positive because I wasn't high on drugs, but was more of a Jesus Freak who was exploring not only Christianity and Catholicism, but world religions. The documentary brought back some good as well as bad memories (i.e., Vietnam War).

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