Thursday, August 14, 2014

CNN Sixties: "Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll"

CNN concluded its series “The Sixties” with “Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll” tonight, Aug. 14, with the main press release link here

A new “hippie” generation decided that the old morality and work ethic and “my getting mine” didn’t mean anything.  The show talked about Mt. Laurel (NJ?), thn the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco and finally Woodstock. 

I recall seeing the 3-hour movie “Woodstock” in Indianapolis in 1970.

The “hippie” communes would gradually mature over the years and decades into “intentional communities”.  I have visited or seen some of them:  Lama Foundation in New Mexico, Twin Oaks and the Acorn Community Farm in central Virginia.   Generally these are based on the idea of “income sharing” and work hours themselves become the “currency”, and most places have one or two code agricultural or light manufacturing businesses. 
The film goes on to present the motorcycle culture of Easy Rider (or “Born Losers”, an American International classic).  It also covers the Charles Manson cult (but CNN also has a half-hour short on Charles Manson, “born evil”). No one had associated hippies with violence until Manson. 

It also presents the Rolling Stones toward the end. 

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